Sammy Davis Sr.
|Sammy Davis Sr.|
|Born||Samuel George Davis
December 12, 1900
Wilmington, North Carolina
|Died||Script error: The function "death_date_and_age" does not exist.
Beverly Hills, California
|Spouse(s)||Rita Wade Davis|
|Children||Sammy Davis Jr., Ramona Davis James, Suzette Davis|
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Sr. (December 12, 1900 – May 21, 1988) was an American dancer and the father of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Sr. was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Rosa B (Taylor) and Robert Davis. He and his former wife Elvera Sanchez were both dancers in a vaudeville troupe. The couple split up when their son Sammy Jr. was three. Davis Sr. took custody of his son, who then went into show business with his father. He and Will Mastin, the leader of the dance troupe, taught Sammy Jr. how to dance and they performed together as the Will Mastin Trio. Sammy Jr. once stated, "When I was nine I told my father, 'I can outdance you'. 'Oh yeah? What makes you think that?' he asked. 'Cause you taught me everything I know'. 'Yeah, but I didn't teach you everything I know".
Sammy Davis Sr. began dancing early in life, and as a young man joined Will Mastin to form a dancing troupe. Soon Sammy Jr. joined the act and they became known as the Will Mastin Trio. The three appeared in the 1956 Broadway musical Mr. Wonderful.
Sammy Davis Sr. also appeared in two movies, Sweet and Low and The Benny Goodman Story. In The Benny Goodman Story he played bandleader and arranger Fletcher Henderson.
Sammy Davis Sr. died May 21, 1988, in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 87, of natural causes, two years before the death of his son, Sammy Davis Jr.
- ↑ Quote from caption of photograph in unidentified publication, Modern Myth Museum, undated (but being born in 1925, it must have been c. 1935)
- Sammy Davis Sr. at the Internet Movie Database
- Sammy Davis Sr. in photograph of the Will Mastin Trio c. 1935 with Sammy Davis Jr. and Will Mastin
- Photograph of the Will Mastin Trio - Sammy Davis Sr., Sammy Davis Jr., and Will Mastin
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- Vaudeville performers
- American male film actors
- African-American male actors
- African-American male dancers
- People from Wilmington, North Carolina
- 1900 births
- 1988 deaths
- Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
- 20th-century American male actors