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Harry Belafonte

1927-03-01 New York, New York, U.S.

Image of Harry Belafonte


Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (originally Belafonete; born March 1, 1927) is an American of Jamaican and Martiniquan descent who is a singer, actor, and social activist. He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Belafonte has starred in several films. His first film role was in Bright Road (1953), in which he appeared alongside Dorothy Dandridge. The two subsequently starred in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954). In 1957's Island in the Sun, there are hints of an affair between Belafonte's character and Joan Fontaine. The film also starred James Mason, Dandridge, Joan Collins, Michael Rennie, and John Justin. In 1959, he starred in and produced Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow, in which he played a bank robber. He also co–starred with Inger Stevens in The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Belafonte was offered the role of Porgy in Preminger's Porgy and Bess, where he would have once again starred opposite Dandridge, but he refused the role because he objected to its racial stereotyping. Dissatisfied with the film roles available to him, he returned to music during the 1960s. But in the early 1970s Belafonte appeared in more films among which are two with Poitier: Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Uptown Saturday Night (1974). In 1984, Belafonte produced and scored the musical film Beat Street, dealing with the rise of hip–hop culture. Belafonte next starred in a major film again in the mid-1990s, appearing with John Travolta in the race–reverse drama White Man's Burden (1995); and in Robert Altman's jazz age drama Kansas City (1996), the latter of which garnered him the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the TV drama Swing Vote (1999). In late 2006, Belafonte appeared in the role of Nelson, a friend of an employee of the Ambassador Hotel played by Anthony Hopkins, in Bobby, Emilio Estevez's ensemble drama about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Belafonte's success did not protect him from racial discrimination, particularly in the American South. Belafonte refused to perform there from 1954 until 1961. In 1960, he appeared in a campaign commercial for Democratic Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. Kennedy later named Belafonte cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. At the ACLU of Northern California's annual Bill of Rights Day Celebration In December 2007, Belafonte gave the keynote address and was awarded the Chief Justice Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival featured the documentary film "Sing Your Song", a biographical film focusing on Belafonte's contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and his endeavors to promote social justice globally. Belafonte and Marguerite Byrd were married from 1948 to 1957. They have two daughters: Adrienne and Shari. Shari Belafonte, married to Sam Behrens, is a photographer, model, singer and actor. On March 8, 1957, Belafonte married second wife Julie Robinson. They have two children, David and Gina Belafonte. David Belafonte (a former model and actor) is an Emmy–winning producer and the executive director of the family–held company Belafonte Enterprises Inc. He married Danish model, singer and TV personality Malena Belafonte, born Mathiesen, who won silver in Dancing with the Stars in Denmark in 2009. In April 2008, Belafonte married Pamela Frank.


Is That Black Enough for You?!? Self 2022-10-09
Sidney Self 2022-09-10
2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Self - Inductee (archive footage) 2022-11-19
Harry Belafonte: Zwischen Calypso und Gerechtigkeit Self - Subject (archive footage) 2022-07-22
The One and Only Dick Gregory Self 2021-06-19
The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show Self 2020-04-15
Dom Salvador & Abolição Self 2020-09-09
JFK - Galakonzert 1961 Self 2019-01-06
Mr. SOUL! Self 2018-04-27
King in the Wilderness Self 2018-01-22
BlacKkKlansman Jerome Turner 2018-08-09
Martin Luther King by Trevor Mcdonald Self - Singer 2018-03-22
Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America Self 2018-04-04
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart Self 2017-10-14
I Am Not Your Negro Self (archive footage) 2017-02-03
The Madding Crowd Self 2017-02-01
Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Self 2015-09-13
Selma self (archive footage) 2014-12-25
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark Self 2014-05-13
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Self 2014-06-22
Martin Luther King and the March on Washington Self 2013-01-01
The University of Sing Sing Self 2013-11-12
JFK: The Private President Self 2013-01-01
Moms Mabley Self 2013-04-20
Hava Nagila: The Movie Self 2012-07-19
Tony Curtis - le gamin de Bronx Self 2012-03-20
Sing Your Song Self 2012-01-13
Rise Like Lions Self 2011-10-12
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Self (voice) 2011-09-09
Mama Africa Self (archive footage) 2011-08-12
Best Ever Muppet Moments Self 2006-03-11
Bobby Nelson 2006-09-05
The Peace! Self 2005-09-20
Legenden: Audrey Hepburn Self 2005-08-01
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years Self (archive footage) 2004-01-01
The World of Nat King Cole Self 2004-06-15
Muppet Music Moments Self 2004-11-20
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Self (archive footage) 2004-07-14
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Self (uncredited) 2002-12-04
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Self 1999-02-24
Swing Vote Will Dunn 1999-04-19
Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady Self 1997-03-21
Jazz '34 Self - Narrator 1997-01-29
Kansas City Seldom Seen 1996-08-16
White Man's Burden Thaddeus Thomas 1995-12-01
The World of Jim Henson Self 1994-11-23
Prêt-à-Porter Self 1994-12-23
The Best Of Danny Kaye - The Television Years Self 1993-07-01
The Player Harry Belafonte 1992-04-03
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Self 1990-11-21
The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert Himself 1988-01-01
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years Self (archive footage) 1986-01-21
We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song Self 1985-01-28
Night of 100 Stars Self 1982-03-08
Grambling's White Tiger Coach Eddie Robinson 1981-10-04
The Tallest Tree in Our Forest Self 1977-01-01
Free to Be… You and Me Self 1974-03-11
Uptown Saturday Night Geechie Dan Beauford 1974-07-26
Buck and the Preacher Preacher 1972-03-17
Nationtime Self 1972-11-01
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Self (archive footage) 1970-03-24
The Angel Levine Alexander Levine 1970-07-28
Petula Self 1968-04-02
The Strolling '20s Self 1966-02-04
The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ralph Burton 1959-05-01
Odds Against Tomorrow Johnny Ingram 1959-10-15
Island in the Sun David Boyeur 1957-06-12
Carmen Jones Joe 1954-10-28
Bright Road Mr. Williams - School Principal 1953-04-17