The Candy Man of American entertainment, Sammy Davis Jr nailed it when he was a singer. Apart from singing, he had the mojo while working as an actor, dancer, and comedian. His acting skills were spot on which gave him a different persona in public as a musician. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Sammy Davis Jr. in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Samuel George Davis Jr was born on December 8, 1925, in Harlem, New York. Samuel’s father, Sammy Davis Sr was an African-American entertainer, and mother, Elvera Sanchez was an Afro-Cuban tap dancer. The parents divorced at Sammy’s third birthday. Sammy Davis Sr took responsibility for Samuel’s custody and took him on tours throughout the country.
He mastered dancing from his mentors Sammy Davis Sr and Uncle, Will Mastin. The dancer’s stable soon became popular in America. At age 7, Samuel played a cameo in Rufus Jones for President film alongside dancing sensation Ethel Waters.
Sammy Davis Jr also served for the nation during World War II. At the Military Camp, he was confronted by other soldiers because of his skin tone.
Sammy Davis Jr was married thrice. His first spouse was Loray White, and marriage only stood for a year. He tied the knot with Swedish actress, May Britt in 1960. Unfortunately, the relationship ended in 1968. Samuel’s married his third wife, Altovise Davis in 1970. He finally had a trust-worthy companion to believe in for the rest of his life.
Career, Awards & Nominations
After his discharge from the army, Sammy decided to reunite with his father and uncle. In 1949, he recorded blues songs for Capitol Records with Charlie Green. On March 23, 1951, The Martin trio gave an astonishing performance at Ciro’s. The performance was of 20 minutes, but they performed for an hour because of the audience chanting their names aloud. The legendary performance became a headliner.
Sammy Davis was hired to sing the title song of Six Bridges to Cross in 1954. He began to achieve success on his own. Davis became the member of Rat Pack group which had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. He was also part of films like Ocean’s 11, Sergeants 3, and Robin and the 7 Hoods. Sammy Davis Jr also had a couple of musical hits. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’, and ‘The Candy Man’ were songs which brought fame.
Grammy Awards inducted him in Grammy hall of fame in 2002. He received a lifetime achievement award in 2001. Sammy won an Emmy award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy. He received many honourable nominations and inductions aftermath of his career.
Net Worth & Earnings
The estimated net worth of Sammy Davis Jr. is $6 Million. He earned most of his income from stage shows, cameos in films, and albums. He was also a comedian.
Sammy Davis Jr death in 1990 was a huge loss for America’s entertainment industry. Samuel’s personal life was chaotic, but he accomplished his goals. He is one of the legendary entertainers in history.