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Also Known As: Died: May 16, 1990
Born: December 8, 1925 Cause of Death: throat cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1983:
Appeared with Bill Cobsy in "Two Friends Sammy and Cos" at Gershwin Theatre in NYC
1960:
First appeared with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
1961:
London stage debut in "An Evening with Sammy Davis Jr"
1965:
Published autobiography, "Yes I Can"
1988:
Received an articial hip
1988:
Toured with former Rat Pack member Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli (who replaced Dean Martin who dropped out due to ill health) in reunion concert
1978:
Appeared in Broadway revival of "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off"
1956:
Broadway acting debut in "Mr. Wonderful"
1933:
First film appearance in Vitaphone short, "Rufus Jones For President" opposite Ethel Waters
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Hosted syndicated TV series, "Sammy and Company"
1950:
Launched solo career at Ciro's nightclub in Hollywood when he opened for Janis Paige on Oscar night
1990:
Owed $5.2 million to the IRS at time of death because beginning in 1972, the IRS started disallowing Davis' tax shelters
1983:
Stopped drinking after being hospitalized for liver and kidney dysfunction
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Merchandized his own brand of food items (barbecue sauce, chili and mustard) in the 1980s
1946:
Recorded "The Way You Look Tonight"; named METRONOME magazine's "Most Outstanding New Personality"
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Rejoined the retitled Will Mastin Trio starring Sammy Davis, Jr; act opened for Frank Sinatra in 1945
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Served with US Army Special Services in one of the first integrated barracks; had his nose broken twice in fights with white soldiers; produced camp shows, some of which he wrote and directed
1966:
Starred in own TV series, "The Sammy Davis, Jr Show"
1964:
Starred on Broadway in musical, "Golden Boy"
1985:
Underwent hip surgery
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Was boxing manager for fighter Sonny Liston briefly in the 1960s
1955:
Feature film acting debut in "The Benny Goodman Story"
1927:
First became a professional entertainer at age 2 in parents' act
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Fought eight month battle against throat cancer
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Joined "adopted" uncle Will Mastin's all-black family act of seven men and seven women before he was four (was sometimes passed off as a 44-year-old midget billed as 'Silent Sam the Dancing Midget' to bypass child labor laws); act was later reduced in size during the Depression and consisted of Davis, his father and "uncle" and was retitled The Will Mastin Trio
1954:
Lost left eye as result of a car accident while driving from a Las Vegas club date to Hollywood; converted to Judaism during convalescence
1960:
Made London cabaret debut
1938:
Performed in vaudeville with the Will Mastin Trio
1989:
Played a veteran hoofer in last film, "Tap"
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Known for such albums as "That Old Black Magic"
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Popular songs include "The Candy Man" and "Gonna Build A Mountain".

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