Sammy … Gunslinger

16 Jan

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”
– Sammy Davis Jr.


– I Gotta be Me – Sammy Davis Jr.

I’m sure a few people were surprised to see Sammy Davis Jr. listed as one of the Actors that Sam Peckinpah had considered for the role of Dutch Engstrom in The Wild Bunch, which was eventually played by Ernest Borgnine.
But I’ll tell you something – I bet Sammy would have done a great job.
Firstly Sammy Davis Jr. was one of the greatest Entertainers who ever lived. He could do anything:
Stage and Screen, Stand up, Impressionist, Dance, Sing, Recording Artist, played several musical instruments … ???
Immensely talented – the consummate performer.
Also like many American kids of his era, it appears that Sammy loved Westerns – that probably dreamed of being Cowboy like many of us did.
I have plenty of evidence to support my claim:

Sammy Davis Jr Cowboy

Sammy’s Gunhandling / Twirling talents were legendary in Hollywood and he showcased them often.

Sammy Davis Jr Gunhandling - Twirling

Sammy Davis Jr custom gunbelt and Colt

Sammy Davis Jr. custom gunbelt and Colt

Sammy Davis Jr custom Colt 2

Colt 45 bar

Sammy Davis Jr. and 'The Duke'

Sammy Davis Jr shows his stuff

“Sammy Davis Jr. displays some of his fast gun dexterity to Frank Sinatra and…Is that young Eddie Hodges?” Borrowed from Bob Magers reknowned website Western Clippings http://www.westernclippings.com/treasures/westerntreasures_gallery_10.shtml

Sammy and Clint

Sammy and Clint 2

Colt 45 bar

Ratpack Cowboys / Sargeants 3 (1962)

Sargeants 3 (1962)

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962)

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962) 2

Lawford, Martin, Sammy, Frank

Colt 45 bar
The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 21
Two Ounces of Tin (19 Feb. 1962)
Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962)

Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors / The Rifleman (1962)

Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962) 2

Sammy and Chuck switch guns

Sammy Davis Jr. as Tip Corey on the Rifleman

Sammy Davis Jr. as Tip Corey on the Rifleman

Colt 45 bar

Sammy Davis Jr on Lawman

Lawman: Peter Brown and Sammy Davis Jr. (1962)

Colt 45 bar

Sammy on the Carol Burnett Show (1975) - Harvey Corman in back

    Sammy on the Carol Burnett Show (1975 )                – Harvey Corman in back

Colt 45 bar

Sammy Davis Jr Adios Amigo

Adios Amigos

Sammy Davis Jr Star

2 Responses to “Sammy … Gunslinger”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    He was a GREAT hoofer and an incredibly hard worker.

  2. jcalberta January 17, 2015 at 12:23 am #

    Song and Dance man… that’s where he started – and he was brilliant. Made it look effortless.

    See that pic of him and the Duke? Duke is smoking. Smoked 7 packs a day I heard. That’s what killed him … and Sammy.

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