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Sammy Davis, Sr
Birth: Dec. 12, 1900
Wilmington
New Hanover County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 21, 1988
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Dancer, Entertainer. The father of actor and entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr, he began dancing early in life and joined entertainer Will Mastin to form a vaudeville troupe, along with his former wife, dancer Elvera Sanchez. After separating from Sanchez, he took custody of his son, who was three years old at the time. He, along with Mastin, taught Sammy Davis Jr how to dance and they all performed together as the Will Mastin Trio. In 1956 they appeared in the musical "Mr. Wonderful." Additionally, he appeared in two movies, "Sweet and Low" (1947), "The Benny Goodman Story" (1956), and "Sammy" (1974). Between 1952 and 1954 he appeared in eight episodes of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's "The Colgate Comedy Hour." He died of natural causes at the age of 87. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Elvera Davis (1905 - 2000)*
 
 Children:
  Sammy Davis (1925 - 1990)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Honor (locked private area), Lot 5775, Space 1
 
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Record added: May 04, 1999
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Sammy Davis, Sr
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