Sammy Davis, Jr., born Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr.

Sammy
Davis, Jr., born Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr.
1925
1990

American Entertainer known for his impersonation of actors and other celebrities

Author Quotes

I had more clothes than I had closets, more cars than garage space, but no money.

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.

I had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.

There are lines that I know are going to get a belly laugh, but after a few shows I get sick of hearing myself say them so I drop them.

I hadn't been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank wouldn't show for my wedding.

There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.

I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.

To appear on the stage drunk, to have them leave there and remember me making drunken mistakes, that was death.

I saw that my image was changing or fading. One of the reasons for taking a break from clubs was to be

We can't answer King's assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.

I'd learned a lot in the Army. I knew that above all things in the world I had to become so big, so strong that people and their hatred could never touch me.

What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.

If you want to get known as a singer you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That's publicity, man.

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens.

You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.

Bogart could have been color blind. He got to know a man before he decided if he liked him or not.

Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.

Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right.

Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been able to avoid hearing before.

Fame comes with its own standard. A guy who twitches his lips is just another guy with a lip twitch - unless he's Humphrey Bogart.

Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt.

I bought a house in the Hollywood Hills and brought my grandmother from Harlem to live in it with me.

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First Name
Sammy
Last Name
Davis, Jr., born Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr.
Birth Date
1925
Death Date
1990
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American Entertainer known for his impersonation of actors and other celebrities