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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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"There are only two things that count in show business; know when to get on and when to get off. Try to walk out with a little dignity." --Sammy Davis, Jr. (quoted in People)

"I didn't like what I had created, and what I had become, and I had to face that. It was more like the Billy Crystal imitation. A certain amount of theatricality is wonderful. That's what they pay you for. And I definitely have never been the boy next door. But I went too far. You can go too far over the edge." --Sammy Davis Jr. discussing his decision to stop drinking in 1983 (quoted in The New York Times, May 30, 1989).

He was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame.

He served as co-chairman to the NAACP membership drive in the Los Angeles Chapter.

He was vice president of the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

Davis was appointed member of the National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity in 1971.

The Variety Club of St. Louis renamed the children's wing of its hospital the Sammy Davis, Jr. Wing.

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