Sammy … Cowboy

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(December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990)

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

Mr. Bojangles / Sammy Davis Jr. / 1972

Nobody has this song better.

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.

And he had all the best gear.

Sammy Davis Jr Gunhandling - Twirling
Sammy … truly ONE of a kind.

Sammy Davis Jr custom gunbelt and Colt

Check this out.

Sammy Davis Jr custom Colt 2

Colt 45 bar

Sammy and the King of Westerns.
What more can you say?

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)
The “Rat Pack“??
I used to watch these movies and think:
“That Sammy has more talent in his little finger
than the rest of these guys put together.

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962) 2
Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy, and Frank Sinatra
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The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 21 
Two Ounces of Tin (19 Feb. 1962)

Sammy and Chuck (Connors)

Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962)
Sammy, Tim Corey, Chuck Connors

Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962) 2

Sammy Davis Jr. as Tip Corey on the Rifleman

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Yep … Sammy could do it all … 


Sammy Davis Jr Adios AmigoAdios Sammy.

Sammy Davis Jr Star

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5 thoughts on “Sammy … Cowboy”

  1. I commented yesterday on this and it’s not here today. The WordPress platform has gotten REALLY wonky. Anyway, he was a brilliant hoofer and a fine actor. Have you ever seen “Tap”? Terrific movie. I think it was Sammy’s final appearance.

    1. Thank you very much for your comments and support. That was my fault … somehow screwed up and lost it.
      Yes ! Thank you. I’ve been wanting to watch that movie again, but forgot it’s name. It’s wonderful.

    1. He was brilliant. One of the greatest. I believe one of the reasons we don’t have Variety Shows anymore is that entertainers like Sammy aren’t around anymore.
      I used to kind of laugh about the Rat Pack because little Sammy’s talents dwarfed all those guys – even though they were BIg Stars.

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