The passing of my old friend Sammy Davis Jr. will leave a huge void in the scope of entertainment. I don't believe, since Al Jolson, there has been a performer more respected for his all-around talent than Davis. The man gave all he could give every moment in front of an audience. He was a consummate entertainer in every sense of the word.
But Sammy was also a person of strong personal beliefs, and never did he fail to give of his time and great talent to humanitarian causes. He was a performer to look up to, and a man of great personal character, and we shall all miss him.