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

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

American Entertainer known for his impersonation of actors and other celebrities

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

The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody.

I didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50.

The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.

I don't have many easy songs.

The one thing you don't want is that stale sound when you've done a line so much you can't find a fresh approach to it. Drop it.

I go to temple a lot less than I would like because when I do, people still look at me as if they think it's a publicity stunt.

The ultimate mystery is one's own self.

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.

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American Entertainer known for his impersonation of actors and other celebrities