Roles turned down by Sammy Davis Jr.:
Tim Burton wanted his childhood hero, Sammy Davis, Jr., to play the title character in Beetlejuice. Studio execs shot him down.
Actor who got the part: Michael Keaton
Cast in the role of Bombo but fired when Rex Harrison insisted on "an actor, not an entertainer." He was replaced by Sidney Poitier, but the role was later written out.
Actor who got the part: Sidney Poitier
When a feud broke out between Frank Sinatra and Davis, Sinatra demanded Davis be replaced in the WW II movie.
Actor who got the part: Steve McQueen
Davis writes in his autobiography that he had signed to play a role in the drama, but his commitment to the stage musical "Golden Boy" forced him to withdraw.
Actor who got the part: Charles Bronson
Did you know that Sammy Davis Jr. was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)