Awards & Winners

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Date of Birth 08-December-1925
Place of Birth Harlem
(New York City, Manhattan, United States of America, New York, New York metropolitan area)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Sammy Davis Jnr, Samuel George Davis, Jr., Samuel George Davis Jr., Davis, Sammy, Jr., Samuel George Davis, Sammy Davis, Will Mastin Trio, Will Maston Trio, Smoky, Mister Show Business, Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr., Sammy, Silent Sammy, the Dancing Midget
Profession Singer, Dancer, Actor, Musician, Entertainer, Film Producer, Television Producer, Television Director
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he also had many acting roles on stage and screen, and was noted for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities. At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. After military service Davis returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's after the 1951 Academy Awards. With the trio, he became a recording artist. In 1954, he lost his left eye in an automobile accident, and several years later, he converted to Judaism. Davis' film career began as a child in 1933. In 1960, he appeared in the first Rat Pack film, Ocean's 11. 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. Davis' career slowed in the late 1960s, but he had a hit record with "The Candy Man" in 1972 and became a star in Las Vegas, earning him the nickname "Mister Show Business". As an African-American, Davis was the victim of racism throughout his life and was a large financial supporter of the Civil Rights movement. Davis had a complex relationship with the African-American community, and drew criticism after physically embracing President Richard M. Nixon in 1972. One day on a golf course with Jack Benny, he was asked what his handicap was. "Handicap?" he asked. "Talk about handicap — I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew." This was to become a signature comment, recounted in his autobiography, and in countless articles.

Awards by Sammy Davis, Jr.

Check all the awards nominated and won by Sammy Davis, Jr..


Grammy Hall of Fame Award
Honored for : What Kind of Fool Am I / Gonna Build A Mountain


NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award

Nominations 1989 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy Series The Cosby Show


Nominations 1984 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor Cannonball Run II


Nominations 1980 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer In A Drama Series One Life to Live
Chip Warren


Nominations 1977 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Sammy and Company


Nominations 1975 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
People's Choice Award for Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer


Nominations 1972 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance The Candy Man


Nominations 1965 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical Golden Boy


Nominations 1962 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Grammy Award for Record of the Year What Kind of Fool Am I
Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male What Kind of Fool Am I?


Nominations 1956 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Primetime Emmy Award for Best Specialty Act - Single Or Group