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Sammy Davis, Jr.
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Vocalist
    (December 8, 1925-May 16, 1990)
    Member of the 'Rat Pack' with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford & Joey Bishop
    Regular guest performer on TV comedy show 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' (1968-69; 'Here come da judge!')
    Had a surprise #1 Hit song, 'The Candy Man,' from the soundtrack 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' (1972)
    Host of the TV variety show 'Sammy & Company' (1975-77)
    Sang 'Eye On The Sparrow,' the TV theme song for the Robert Blake 70's show 'Baretta'
    Acted in 'Porgy and Bess (1959),' 'Ocean's Eleven (1960),' 'Sergeants 3 (1962),' 'Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964),' 'Sweet Charity (1969),' 'The Cannonball Run (1981),' 'Cannonball Run II (1984),' 'That's Dancing! (1985),' 'Moon Over Parador (1988)' and 'Tap (1989)'
    Wrote two autobiographies 'Yes I Can' (1965) and 'Why Me?' (1989).
    Starred on Broadway in 'Golden Boy.'
    He was short (5'3).
    He smoked four packs a day, contributing to his death from throat cancer (1990).
    Marlon Brando telegramed him, 'Never dug you before. Dug you last night. You the man. Marlon.' (January 12, 1955)
    He was divorced twice. His first marriage to Loray White lasted only two months.
    He quipped, 'Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted.'
    He said of his golf handicap, 'My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed, black Jew! THAT'S my handicap!'
    He did a TV commercial for Alka-Seltzer (1978).
    He died the same day as muppeteer Jim Henson (May 16, 1990).
    He served in the army.
    He lost his left eye in a car accident. He wore a black eye patch, until Humphrey Bogart persuaded him to get a glass eye (1954).
    He enjoyed his life.
    He received death threats due to his interracial marriage to Swedish actress May Britt (1960-68).
    His role in 'Golden Boy' was nominated for a Tony award (1965).
    He was a huge fan of 'All in The Family' and appeared in an episode (February 19, 1972).
    He was a frequent Las Vegas headliner.
    Research: Tim Howard
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 35 Votes: 51.43% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 14 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 75 Votes: 72.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 121 Votes: 51.24% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 81 Votes: 54.32% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 42 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 192 Votes: 51.04% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 169 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 86 Votes: 54.65% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 265 Votes: 46.79% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 117 Votes: 36.75% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 200 Votes: 49.00% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 239 Votes: 42.68% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 471 Votes: 43.95% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 474 Votes: 43.04% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1164 Votes: 42.53% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1203 Votes: 40.73% Annoying
 
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