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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.

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Mar 1, 1927 In Jamaica
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie BlacKkKlansman 2018-07-30
Known For
Poster of Bobby
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of Swing Vote
Poster of The Player
Movie BlacKkKlansman Jerome Turner 2018-07-30
Series Bobby Kennedy for President Himself 2018-04-27
Movie I Am Not Your Negro Self (archive footage) 2017-02-03
Movie Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart 2017-10-14
Series Jackie Robinson Self 2016-04-11
Movie Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Self 2014-06-22
Movie Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark Self 2014-05-13
Movie Selma self (archive footage) 2014-12-25
Movie Moms Mabley Himself 2013-04-20
Movie JFK: The Private President Himself 2013-01-01
Movie The University of Sing Sing Himself 2013-11-12
Movie Sing Your Song Himself 2012-01-13
Movie Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom 2012-03-20
Movie Hava Nagila: The Movie 2012-07-19
Movie Mama Africa Himself (archive footage) 2011-02-12
Movie The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Self (voice) 2011-09-09
Movie Bobby Nelson 2006-09-05
Movie Best Ever Muppet Moments Himself 2006-03-11
Movie The Peace! Himself 2005-09-20
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie The World Of Nat King Cole Himself 2004-06-15
Movie Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Himself (archive footage) 2004-07-14
Movie Muppet Music Moments 2004-11-20
Series Menschen bei Maischberger Unknown 2003-09-02
Movie Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Self (uncredited) 2002-12-04
Movie Swing Vote Will Dunn 1999-04-19
Movie Jazz '34 1997-01-29
Movie Kansas City Seldom Seen 1996-08-16
Movie White Man's Burden Thaddeus Thomas 1995-12-01
Movie Ready to Wear Himself 1994-12-23
Movie The Player Harry Belafonte 1992-04-03
Movie The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Himself 1990-11-21
Movie Beetlejuice The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited) 1988-03-30
Movie We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song 1985-01-28
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie Grambling's White Tiger Coach Eddie Robinson 1981-10-04
Series Heut' abend Unknown 1980-09-26
Series CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979-01-28
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Movie Free to Be… You and Me Himself 1974-03-11
Movie Uptown Saturday Night Geechie Dan Beauford 1974-07-26
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie Buck and the Preacher The Preacher 1972-03-17
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Movie The Angel Levine Alexander Levine 1970-07-28
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie The Strolling '20s 1966-02-04
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ralph Burton 1959-05-01
Movie Odds Against Tomorrow Johnny Ingram 1959-10-15
Movie Island in the Sun David Boyeur 1957-06-12
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Carmen Jones Joe 1954-10-28
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Bright Road Mr. Williams - School Principal 1953-04-17
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20