Donna and Sam Davis Sr.


Sammy Davis Sr.
Sammy Davis Sr.

Samuel George Davis Sr. (December 12, 1900 – May 21, 1988)

Samuel George Davis Sr. was an American dancer and the father of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. He and Will Mastin taught Sammy Jr. how to dance and they performed together as the Will Mastin Trio.


Sammy Jr. once stated, "When I was nine I told my father, 'I can outdance you'. 'Oh yeah? What makes you think that?' he asked. 'Cause you taught me everything I know'. 'Yeah, but I didn't teach you everything I know.'"


Sammy Sr. appeared with Donna Reed in the movie The Benny Goodman Story (1956).