MGM has launched development on a Sammy Davis Jr.
biopic with Lena Waithe
and Rishi Rajani producing through their Hillman Grad banner, along with Sight Unseen
s Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman
The untitled project is based on the 1996 biography Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father, written by Davis daughter Tracey Davis and Dolores A. Barclay. David Matthews is writing the script.
Davis began his career in the entertainment business as a child and became a sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciros in West Hollywood after the 1951 Academy Awards. He starred with the rest of the Rat Pack Frank Sinatra
, Dean Martin
, Joey Bishop
and Peter Lawford
in the film Oceans 11
, was the host of The Sammy Davis Jr. Show on television and recorded the number one song The Candy Man. He was widely criticized for endorsing President Richard Nixon in 1972. Davis passed away in 1990 at the
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