Sammy Davis Jr.
Name: Sammy Davis Jr.

Primarily a dancer and singer, Sammy Davis Jr. was a childhood vaudevillian, and became internationally famous for his performances on Broadway and in Las Vegas, as a recording artist, television and film star, and the only black member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack".

Davis became an overnight sensation following a well received nightclub performance at Ciro's after the 1951 Academy Awards, with the trio, became a recording artist, and made his first film performances as an adult later that decade. After a starring role on Broadway in 1956's Mr Wonderful, Davis returned to the stage in 1964's Golden Boy, and in 1966 had his own TV variety show, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. He scored a hit record with "The Candy Man", in 1972, and became a star attraction in Las Vegas.

Davis reuniting with Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, ant toured with Them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before dying of throat cancer in 1990.

Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his television performances. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.