Sammy Davis Jr.  Died at 64, May 16, 1990 of complications from throat cancer.

Sammy Davis Jr. Died at 64, May 16, 1990 of complications from throat cancer.

Actor Sammy Davis Jr. brings his character to life on set of "Porgy and Bess." See more rare photos from the controversial Broadway play with LIFE. (photo: Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Rare Photos From the Set of 'Porgy and Bess'

Actor Sammy Davis Jr. brings his character to life on set of "Porgy and Bess." See more rare photos from the controversial Broadway play with LIFE. (photo: Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Sammy"Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities.

Sammy"Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities.

Sammy Davis jr | ... : December 8: Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on this date in 1925

Sammy Davis jr | ... : December 8: Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on this date in 1925

Sammy DAVIS Jr. (1925-1990) * AFI Top Actor nominee > A "contract" was put out by Harry Cohn due to his interracial affair with Kim Novak, threatening 'you will lose your other eye' if it continued. Allegedly Frank Sinatra intervened and saved the day, but Davis married black showgirl Loray White, out of fear for his life. Lasted a few months before Davis got it annulled. Loray allegedly received $10,000 and a cadillac.

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Sammy DAVIS Jr. (1925-1990) * AFI Top Actor nominee > A "contract" was put out by Harry Cohn due to his interracial affair with Kim Novak, threatening 'you will lose your other eye' if it continued. Allegedly Frank Sinatra intervened and saved the day, but Davis married black showgirl Loray White, out of fear for his life. Lasted a few months before Davis got it annulled. Loray allegedly received $10,000 and a cadillac.

Sammy Davis, Jr. - drummer pro who had so many talents in addition to singing and dancing. - MReno

Sammy Davis, Jr. - drummer pro who had so many talents in addition to singing and dancing. - MReno

Born on December 8, 1925, in New York City, Sammy Davis Jr. overcame prevailing racism to become an entertaining legend. As part of the Rat Pack, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Davis was known for his films and his partying ways.

Born on December 8, 1925, in New York City, Sammy Davis Jr. overcame prevailing racism to become an entertaining legend. As part of the Rat Pack, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Davis was known for his films and his partying ways.

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