Thursday, September 4, 2014

Stars & Their Hobbies - Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr., Photography

"Jerry [Lewis] gave me my first important camera, my first 35 millimeter during the Ciro's period, early '50s, and he hooked me... I met Milton [Greene]. He got me involved with serious photography and using available light." - Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. lost his left eye in a car accident in 1954. I like to think that his camera became his second eye, capturing the world around him through a different lens. Sammy Davis Jr. was an entertainer, a movie star and a member of the infamous Rat Pack. He had access to some of the most important people in the entertainment business and used his photography skills to capture images of them at work and at play. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend the book Photo by Sammy Davis Jr. I reviewed it a while back. It’s an excellent collection of Sammy Davis Jr.’s photographs including some of his self-portraits.

Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Lewis

My series Stars & Their Hobbies explores how notable actors and actresses from Hollywood history spent their free time. Click here to view a complete list of entries. 


  1. I knew Sammy like photography, but I didn't know he had lost an eye... This makes two famous actors without an eye: Sammy and Rex Harrison (I like this kind of trivia more than I should).


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