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Johnnie Davis

Johnnie Davis
from the trailer for the film Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938).
Personal information
Birth nameJohn Gustave Davis
Birth dateMay 11, 1910
Place of birthBrazil, Indiana, USA
Date of deathNovember 28, 1983(age 73)
Death placePecos, Texas, USA

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Johnnie Davis, also billed as Johnny Davis and Johnnie "Scat" Davis, (May 11, 1910 - November 28, 1983) was an American actor and singer.

Born John Gustave Davis in Brazil, Indiana, into a family of musicians, Davis developed an interest in music during his childhood. He learned to play the trumpet and by the age of 13 was performing with his grandfather's band. After graduating from high school he worked as a musician for several orchestras, including theater orchestras in nearby Terre Haute, Indiana such as Paul Johnson's orchestra and the Leo Baxter Orchestra. Art Davis, his younger also worked for Baxter.

By 1933 was living in New York City. He formed his own trio and recorded several songs with them. From the mid 1930s he worked with Fred Waring as a musician and vocalist, and his success during this time led him to Hollywood.

He appeared in his first film in 1937, and the same year appeared in the film Hollywood Hotel, where he introduced the Johnny Mercer song "Hooray for Hollywood". His lively rendition became popular and became closely associated with the film industry. He appeared in fifteen films including Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), Brother Rat (1938), A Child is Born (1939) and Sarong Girl (1943).

Davis continued to work in the music industry throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and spent several years in Detroit, Michigan where he was a popular television performer. He eventually settled in Texas, and died in Pecos from a heart attack during a hunting trip.

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