Sammy Davis Sr.


Sammy Davis Sr. Famous memorial

Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Death 21 May 1988 (aged 87)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Freedom section, Garden of Honor (SouthEast garden; locked private area), Map #G28, Garden Crypt 5775
Memorial ID 5348 View Source

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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  • Added: 3 May 1999
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sammy Davis Sr. (12 Dec 1900–21 May 1988), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5348, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .