THE SAMMY DAVIS JR. SHOW/NBC/1966 (Injured Eye)
Sammy Davis Jr., the popular black singer, dancer and all around entertainer lost his left eye in an automobile accident on November 19, 1954 while driving from Las Vegas to Hollywood.
He recovered from his injury at the Community Hospital in San Bernardino. When he returned to work at Ciro’s, he received a ten minute ovation.
Soon after the accident, Sammy began to wear an eye-patch. His left eye was replaced with a glass (actually plastic) eyeball.
Note: Mr. Davis also appeared on THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE/ABC/1964-70 (an occasional host); THE NBC FOLLIES/NBC/1973 (a regular on the show); SAMMY & COMPANY/SYN/1975-77 (his own talk/variety show); and BARETTA/ABC/1975-78 (sung the theme song “Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow”).
Born December 8, 1925 in Harlem, Manhattan, in New York City, New York, Sammy Davis Jr. (often billed as “The greatest living entertainer in the world”) died from complications from throat cancer on May 16, 1990 (age 64) in Beverly Hills, California.