Harry Belafonte

Singer, Actor, Producer
Multi-talented actor and musician Harry Belafonte was the first black performer to win an Emmy Award and the first recording artist to sell over a million copies of an album, though he was doubtlessly most proud of his ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1927 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hava Nagila (The Movie) 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sing Your Song 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dateline NBC 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

Tanner on Tanner 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fidel 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Nightclub Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Luther King, Jr: The Man and the Dream 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert F Kennedy: A Memoir 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The GI Bill: The Law That Changed America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Harry Belafonte & Friends 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Altman's Jazz '34 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kansas City 1996 (Movie)

Seldom Seen (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fourth Annual Trumpet Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

White Man's Burden 1995 (Movie)

Thaddeus Thomas (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Tribute to Harry Chapin 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Belafonte: Global Carnival 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Live! Dick Clark Presents 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unforgettable Nat King Cole 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop The Carnival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

We Are the World: A Year of Giving 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

First Look 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Rowan and Martin Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Uptown Saturday Night 1974 (Movie)

Geechie Dan Beauford (Actor)

Free To Be...You And Me 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

A World of Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Buck and the Preacher 1971 (Movie)

The Preacher (Actor)

The Diahann Carroll Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry and Lena 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Angel Levine 1970 (Movie)

Alexander Levine (Actor)

Petula 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 (Movie)

Johnny Ingram (Actor)

The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1958 (Movie)

Ralph Burton (Actor)

Island in the Sun 1957 (Movie)

David Boyeur (Actor)

Three For Tonight 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Carmen Jones 1954 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Bright Road 1953 (Movie)

School Principal (Actor)

Grambling's White Tiger (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (TV Show)

Narrator

Swing Vote (TV Show)

Actor

The March (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jim Henson (TV Show)

Actor

We Shall Overcome (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (10)

The Help 2004 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Life and Debt 2001 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Suedsee, Eigene Insel 1998 (Movie)

("Island in the Sun") (Song)

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 (Movie)

("Island in the Sun") (Song)

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

("Day-O" "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" "Sweetheart From Venezuela" "Jump in the Line (Shake, Shake Senora)") (Song Performer)

Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop The Carnival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Beat Street 1984 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Beat Street 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1958 (Movie)

("Fifteen" "Gotta Travel On") (Song Performer)

Island in the Sun 1957 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Producer (5)

Haiti: Killing the Dream 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop The Carnival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beat Street 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Affair (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Multi-talented actor and musician Harry Belafonte was the first black performer to win an Emmy Award and the first recording artist to sell over a million copies of an album, though he was doubtlessly most proud of his longstanding work as an activist in international fights against racism, violence and world hunger. Belafonte got his start in New York theater, but his sideline as a nightclub singer propelled his mainstream breakout when his 1954 album Calypso popularized the music of his Jamaican heritage and hit number one on the charts. A respected authority on international folk music and a world-touring performer, Belafonte also enjoyed a career as an actor and producer, where he was involved in important early African-American productions including "Carmen Jones" (1954), in which he starred alongside Dorothy Dandridge, and Lorraine Hansberry's landmark play "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," which he produced. Whatever the nature of the work, Belafonte's style remained solid - the casual friendliness and warm, jaunty humor were sincere; the fierceness and intensity often surprising.

Relationships

Harold Belafonte

Father

Shari Belafonte Actor

Child
Born September 22, 1954 mother, Marguerite Belafonte

Melvine Belafonte

Mother
Jamaican

Adrienne Belafonte

Daughter
born c. 1951 mother Marguerite Belafonte

Gina Belafonte

Daughter
born c. 1962 mother Julie Robinson

David Belafonte

Son
runs production company born c. 1959 mother Julie Robinson

Joan Collins Actor

Companion

Marguerite Mazique

Wife
married 1948 divorced mother of Adrienne and Shari Belafonte

Julie Robinson

Wife
married March 8, 1957 mother of David and Gina Belafonte

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research

New York , New York

American Negro Theatre

New York , New York

did not complete high school

Milestones

1996

Co-starred in Altman's "Kansas City"

1995

First significant feature film acting role in over 20 years, "White Man's Burden"

1995

Executive produced first TV-movie, "The Affair", presented on HBO

1990

Hosted and narrated the three-part PBS documentary miniseries, "Routes of Rhythm with Harry Belafonte", a study of Afro-Cuban music

1987

Co-produced the Broadway drama, "Asinamali!", about life in prison in South Africa

1985

Hosted the CBS documentary and music special, "We Are the World: A Year of Giving"

1985

First TV producing credit: executive producing the HBO concert special, "Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop the Carnival", in which he also starred

1985

Helped bring together 45 performing artists to record the hit single, "We Are the World"; benefits from the song were used to help meet emergency food and health needs in Africa

1984

Produced a second feature film, the musical "Beat Street"; also supplied additional music and served as music producer; son David also earned a credit for sound recording

1981

TV-movie acting debut, "Grambling's White Tiger"

1969

Returned to feature acting in the title role of "The Angel Levine"

1968

Off-Broadway stage producing debut, Lorraine Hansberry's "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black"

1968

Began hosting TV specials again with "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte" and "Harry and Lena" (with Lena Horne)

1965

TV producing debut, "The Strolling '20s"

1960

Played a then-record-breaking 14 weeks at the Palace Theater in concert (date approximate)

1959

First performed live at Carnegie Hall in concert on April 19 and 20

1959

First solo TV special, "Tonight With Belafonte"

1959

Formed Harbel Productions; first film as executive producer, "Odds Against Tomorrow", directed by Robert Wise; also starred in the film; last feature film role for 11 years

1955

Returned to Broadway to star in "Three for Tonight", a musical review co-starring Marge and Gower Champion

1955

Co-starred with Marge and Gower Champion on the CBS variety special, "Three for Tonight", adapted from their Broadway success

1955

Released first record album, "Calypso"; according to some sources, was the first album in recording history to sell over a million copies

1953

Made film acting debut in a leading role in "Bright Road"

1953

Appeared on Broadway in "John Murray Anderson's Almanac"

1950

Performed as nightclub singer at the Royal Roost and the Village Vanguard in NYC

1949

TV debut as series regular on CBS black musical revue, "Sugar Hill Times"

1943

Joined the Navy at age 17; discharged in 1945

Made cameo appearances as himself in two films directed by Robert Altman, "The Player" (1992) and "Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter"

Formed another production company, Belafonte Enterprises

Stage debut with American Negro Theatre in "Juno and the Paycock"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1996, Belafonte successfully underwent treatment for prostate cancer.

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Was made UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1987.

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Awarded honorary Doctor of the Arts degree from the New School for Social Research in 1968.

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Received the Dag Hammerskjold Peace Medal (1981)

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Awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize (1982)

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He was awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Park College (1987)

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He has received the honorary Doctorate of Music from Morehouse College (1987)

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Awarded honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from SUNY, Purchase (1987)

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Received the Leader for Peace Award from the Peace Corps (1988)

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Received the Nelson Mandela Courage Award given by the Washington DC-based Trans-Africa Forum (1990)

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He also received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award (1993).

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