Sammy!

Yes, He Can! And did do a little bit of everything during his multifaceted career. All-around entertainer and Material Life favorite Sammy Davis, Jr., needs no introduction around these parts, but few know of Davis' talents off the stage. For starters, Sammy was an accomplished lensman—according to his longtime friend and biographer, Burt Boyar, Davis was never without his camera and given the length and breadth of his career, he met—and photographed—everyone.

Davis also tried his hand at clothing design in the 1970s.

Adapted from Gabriel Russo's Living On the Selvedge:

I was doing some spring cleaning and came across and old jacket that I made for the Sammy Davis Jr. collection back in the 70s when I moved to Los Angeles. He was starting a clothing line and needed a pattern maker.
I was introduced to him at Disco 9000 up on Sunset Blvd....Sammy leaned over the table to shake my hand. A cigarette dangled from his lips. The golden boy in a midnight blue Nehru collared suit. His shirt was unbuttoned to the chest exposing a gold chained Chai around his neck (life in Hebrew). It was entangled with a red horn (Malocchio—Italian for evil eye) given to him by Sinatra.
Sammy's clothing line had a short life. He continued to be one of the best dressed men in Hollywood.

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