Sammy ... Gunslinger.

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

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- 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 inThe 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 Colt 2

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Sammy Davis Jr. and 'The Duke'

Sammy Davis Jr shows his stuff

Sammy and Clint

Sammy and Clint 2

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Ratpack Cowboys / Sargeants 3 (1962)

Sargeants 3 (1962)

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962)

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962) 2

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The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 21 
Two Ounces of Tin (19 Feb. 1962)

Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962)

Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962) 2

Sammy Davis Jr. as Tip Corey on the Rifleman

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Sammy Davis Jr on Lawman

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

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Sammy Davis Jr Adios Amigo

Sammy Davis Jr Star

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