Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". The son of vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr., he was known as someone who could do it all -- sing, dance, play instruments, act, do stand-up -- and he was known for his self-deprecating humor; he once heard someone complaining about discrimination, and he said, "You got it easy. I'm a short, ugly, one-eyed, black Jew. What do you think it's like for me?" A short stint in the army opened his eyes to the evils of racism -- a slight man, he was often beaten up by soldiers and given the dirtiest and most dangerous assignments because of hs race.
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