In Case You Didn't Know How Awesome Sammy Davis Jr. Was
Mar 9, 2015
His legacy endures to this day, with tributes from artists like soul singer Amy Winehouse all the way to heavy metal band Gwar. He was also a significant supporter of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, having seen firsthand the racism endured by performers of color, and received a Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1968.
Sammy Davis Jr. was an icon of American entertainment. He started his career as a small child, dancing with his father and "uncle" Will in the "Will Mastin Trio," (which this video shows, with an adult Sammy). He went on to be part of the legendary "Rat Pack" along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. Together, they appeared in classic films such as "Ocean's 11" and "Sergeants Three."