Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1927-03-01

Place of Birth Jamaica

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 BlacKkKlansman as Jerome Turner
2018 Bobby Kennedy for President (4 episodes) as Himself
2018 Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America
2018 King in the Wilderness
2017 Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart
2017 I Am Not Your Negro as Himself (archive footage)
2016 Jackie Robinson (2 episodes) as Himself
2014 Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark as Himself
2013 The University of Sing Sing as Himself
2013 Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley as Himself
2013 JFK: The Private President as Himself
2012 Hava Nagila: The Movie
2012 Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom
2012 Sing Your Song as Himself
2011 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 as Himself (voice)
2011 Mama Africa as Himself (archive footage)
2006 Bobby as Nelson
2006 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (4 episodes) as Himself
2005 The Colbert Report (1 episode)
2005 The Peace! as Himself
2004 Muppet Music Moments
2004 Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism as Himself (archive footage)
2004 The World Of Nat King Cole as Himself
2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
2003 Menschen bei Maischberger (1 episode)
2002 Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour as Himself (uncredited)
1999 Swing Vote as Will Dunn
1997 Jazz '34
1996 Kansas City as Seldom Seen
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1 episode)
1995 White Man's Burden as Thaddeus Thomas
1994 Ready to Wear as Himself
1993 The Best Of Danny Kaye - The Television Years as Himself
1992 The Player as Himself
1991 Musik liegt in der Luft (1 episode)
1990 The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson as Himself
1988 Flitterabend (1 episode)
1988 Beetlejuice as The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
1981 Grambling's White Tiger as Coach Eddie Robinson
1981 Wanna bet, that..? (1 episode)
1980 Heut' abend (1 episode)
1979 CBS News Sunday Morning (1 episode)
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1976 The Muppet Show (1 episode)
1974 Uptown Saturday Night as Geechie Dan Beauford
1974 Free to Be… You and Me as Himself
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1 episode)
1972 The Julie Andrews Hour (1 episode) as Himself
1972 Buck and the Preacher as The Preacher
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel (1 episode)
1970 The Flip Wilson Show (1 episode)
1970 The Angel Levine as Alexander Levine
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
1968 Petula as Himself
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (3 episodes)
1966 ABC Stage 67 (1 episode)
1966 The Strolling '20s
1966 Goldene Kamera Verleihung (1 episode) as Laudatio
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow as Johnny Ingram
1959 The World, the Flesh and the Devil as Ralph Burton
1957 Island in the Sun as David Boyeur
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1954 Carmen Jones as Joe
1953 Bright Road as School Principal
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (3 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (5 episodes)

Production

1970 The Angel Levine Producer
1959 The World, the Flesh and the Devil Producer

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