Manny Davis is the son of singer, actor, comedian, and dancer Sammy Davis Jr. Manny’s father Sammy was part of the group of entertainers, Rat Pack alongside Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, with whom he starred in several films. They appeared together on stage and in films in the 1950s and 1960s, including the films Ocean’s 11 and Sergeants 3.
Manny Davis: Bio Summary
|son of Sammy Davis Jr and Altovise Davis
|Place of birth
|Mark Sydney Davis, Tracey Davis, and Jeff Davis
|Sammy Davis Jr and Altovise Davis
|Sammy Davis Sr. and Elvera Sanchez
Manny Davis Was Adopted
Manny Davis is not the biological child of Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990). He was adopted in 1989 by Sammy Jr and his third wife Altovise Joanne Davis (née Gore; August 30, 1943 – March 14, 2009). He is said to have been born in the year 1979. The identity and details of his biological parents are unknown.
Manny Davis’ adoptive parents were both entertainers. His father Sammy Jr was a singer, actor, comedian, and dancer while his mother Altovise Davis was an entertainer and dancer. Sammy Jr and Altovise were married on May 11, 1970, and remained married until Sammy Jr died, five days after their 20th wedding anniversary.
Manny Davis has three half-siblings from his father’s previous marriage to Swedish actress May Britt (born May Britt Wilkens). His half-siblings are Tracey Davis (July 5, 1961 – November 2, 2020), Mark Sidney Davis and Jeff Davis. Mark and Jeff were adopted. Manny has opened up about his upbringing in an interview with CloserWeekly:
According to Manny Davis, his father Sammy Davis Jr “taught me to never give up on my dreams. And to never settle for anything less than my worth.” Manny also mentioned: “Being the youngest of Sammy’s children, my experience was different from my siblings. My siblings grew up during the civil rights era. I was a child of the ’70s and ’80s.”
“Most of his goals had been accomplished by then. He and my mother used to take me everywhere with them.” Manny disclosed that his parents are “the two greatest influences in my life.” Manny’s paternal grandmother Elvera “Baby” Sanchez Davis (September 1, 1905 – September 2, 2000) was a dancer.
Manny’s paternal grandfather Samuel George Davis Sr. (December 12, 1900 – May 21, 1988) was also a dancer. Manny Davis used to be the director of operations/ stage producer for America’s Greatest Game Shows. He was an announcer for America’s Greatest Game Shows. He has been an administrator of the Sammy Davis Jr. Estate since March 2009.
Manny Davis appeared as himself in Unsung Hollywood. Manny hasn’t disclosed details regarding his love life. It is unknown if he has his own family or not. His father Sammy Davis Jr has been married three times to three different women. He married his first wife dancer, singer, and actress Loray White in 1958.
Sammy Davis Jr and Loray White’s marriage was planned. Sammy married Loray just to protect himself from mob violence. He offered Loray money so that she would agree to become his wife on the condition that they would get divorced before the end of the year. On their wedding day, Sammy tried to strangle Loray after he was drunk.
Loray filed for a divorce on grounds of mental cruelty. They got divorced in April 1959. Sammy Jr married his second wife May Britt on 13 November 1960. Their marriage ended in 1968 after Sammy Jr admitted to cheating on May with singer, dancer, and actress Lola Falana. Sammy Jr then married his third and final wife, Altovise Gore, the mother of Manny Davis.
Manny Davis Has Lost Both Parents
Manny Davis’ parents Sammy Davis Jr and Altovise Davis are both not alive as of 2023. His father Sammy Jr died of complications from throat cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He passed away on May 16, 1990, when he was at the age of 64. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
Manny Davis’ mother Altovise died on March 14, 2009, at age 65 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She died of complications from a stroke. Before her death, she had been admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke. She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, next to her husband, Sammy Davis Jr.