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Harry Belafonte is a Actor, Producer and Sound American born on 1 march 1927 at New York City (USA)

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte
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Birth name Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 1 march 1927 (92 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Emmy Award, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, National Medal of Arts

Harold George "Harry" Bellanfanti, Jr. (born March 1, 1927), better known as Harry Belafonte, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million selling album by a single artist. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". He has recorded in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has also starred in several films, most notably in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957) and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and '60s, and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa. Since 1987 he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In recent years he has been a vocal critic of the policies of both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidential administrations. Harry Belafonte now acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994. In 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards.

Biography

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 actress. In 1997 Adrienne Biesemeyer and her daughter Rachel Blue founded the Anir Foundation/Experience. Anir focuses on humanitarian work in southern Africa.

On March 8, 1957, Belafonte married his second wife Julie Robinson, a former dancer with the Katherine Dunham Company. They had 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. A music producer, he has been involved in most of Belafonte's albums and tours. David married Danish model, singer and TV personality Malena Mathiesen, who won silver in Dancing with the Stars in Denmark in 2009. Malena Belafonte founded Speyer Legacy School, a private elementary school for gifted and talented children. David and Malena's daughter Sarafina attended this school. Gina Belafonte is a TV and film actress and worked with her father as coach and producer on more than six films. Gina helped found The Gathering For Justice, an intergenerational, intercultural non-profit organization working to reintroduce nonviolence to stop child incarceration. She is married to actor Scott McCray.

In April 2008, Belafonte married photographer Pamela Frank. In October 1998, Belafonte contributed a letter to Liv Ullmann's book Letter to My Grandchild.

On January 29, 2013 Belafonte was the Keynote Speaker and 2013 Honoree for the MLK Celebration Series at the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI). Belafonte used his career and experiences with Dr. King to speak on the role of artists as activists.

Belafonte was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity on January 11, 2014.

Usually with

Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(3 films)
Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(2 films)
Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Harry Belafonte (25 films)

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Actor

BlacKkKlansman, 2h8
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about racism
Actors Adam Driver, Corey Hawkins, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Danny Hoch, Jasper Pääkkönen
Roles Jerome Turner
Rating75% 3.7509353.7509353.7509353.7509353.750935
En 1978, Ron Stallworth est le premier policier afro-américain de Colorado Springs. Il s'infiltre dans la branche locale du Ku Klux Klan et parvient même à devenir président de cette organisation raciste. Pendant des mois, Stallworth s'est fait passer pour un suprémaciste blanc en participant aux échanges du KKK par téléphone ou par courrier pour ne pas être démasqué. Pour éviter d'être découvert, un officier blanc prenait sa place aux événements lorsque que sa présence était nécessaire. Infiltré, Stallworth réussit à saboter bon nombre de rassemblements et de manifestations du Ku Klux Klan.
I Am Not Your Negro, 1h33
Directed by Raoul Peck
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Belafonte
Roles Himself (archive footage)
Rating78% 3.900843.900843.900843.900843.90084
À travers les propos et les écrits de l’écrivain noir américain James Baldwin, Raoul Peck propose un film qui revisite les luttes sociales et politiques des Afro-Américains au cours de ces dernières décennies.
Motherland
Motherland (2010)
, 1h58
Directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about racism, Documentary films about racism, Documentary films about law, Documentary films about historical events, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Political films
Actors Harry Belafonte, Abdulkadir Ahmed Said
Rating74% 3.7326553.7326553.7326553.7326553.732655
Motherland is an epic documentary about the African continent from Ancient Egypt to the present. It is an overview of African history and contemporary issues but with the African people at the centre of the story. It is one of the first Pan-African features to be made.
Soundtrack for a Revolution, 1h22
Directed by Bill Guttentag
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about racism, Documentary films about racism, Documentary films about law, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Musical films, Political films
Actors John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, Angie Stone, Harry Belafonte
Roles Himself (interviewee)
Rating75% 3.768133.768133.768133.768133.76813
L'histoire du mouvement pour les droits civiques aux États-Unis a toujours été rythmé par de la musique, des mélodies salvatrices, des chants pour la liberté. A travers les différents groupes musicaux de l'époque, "Soundtrack for a Revolution" retrace les combats des esclaves noirs de l'époque.
Bobby
Bobby (2006)
, 2h
Directed by Emilio Estevez
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about families, Political films
Actors Nick Cannon, Harry Belafonte, Emilio Estevez, Joy Bryant, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham
Roles Nelson
Rating69% 3.498913.498913.498913.498913.49891
The film recreates the ambiance of the era and invokes the hopes inspired by Kennedy through the use of actual broadcast and newsfilm footage of the senator intercut with dramatic sequences involving mostly fictional characters. It uses an ensemble plot device similar to that employed in the 1932 film Grand Hotel, and later used by Robert Altman in Nashville.
When the Levees Broke, 4h15
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about cities, Disaster films
Actors Harry Belafonte, Terence Blanchard
Roles Himself
Rating87% 4.35624.35624.35624.35624.3562
The film focuses on the changed lives of New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina hit. The film shows residents in the midst of disaster dealing with death, devastation and disease. Spike Lee said about the film:
Outfoxed
Outfoxed (2004)
, 1h18
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about television, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about historical events, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Political films
Actors George Carlin, Harry Belafonte, Al Franken, Jon Stewart
Roles Himself (archive footage)
Rating75% 3.797143.797143.797143.797143.79714
The film examines the global growth of Murdoch's media enterprise in the context of concentration of media ownership considerations, and evaluates the effect of having one person in control of a large media conglomerate on freedom of the press.
Kansas City, 1h51
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Musical, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Films about music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films, Gangster films
Actors Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Steve Buscemi, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Michael Marisi Ornstein
Roles Seldom Seen
Rating62% 3.149873.149873.149873.149873.14987
A kidnapping goes down in 1934 Kansas City. Blondie O'Hara's petty thief husband Johnny is taken by gangster "Seldom Seen" and held prisoner at the Hey Hey Club, one of the hot spots of the Kansas City jazz scene. Blondie herself kidnaps Mrs. Stilton, the wife of a local politician, played by Michael Murphy; Mrs. Stilton is addicted to laudanum (an opium liquid) and has secrets of her own. Blondie's plan is to blackmail Mr. Stilton into helping to free Johnny.
White Man's Burden, 1h25
Directed by Desmond Nakano
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about racism, Alternate history films
Actors John Travolta, Harry Belafonte, Kelly Lynch, Margaret Avery, Tom Bower, Andrew Lawrence
Roles Thaddeus Thomas
Rating52% 2.6014552.6014552.6014552.6014552.601455
Louis Pinnock (John Travolta) is a struggling urban factory worker. In this alternative reality, it is a large underclass of white Americans who live in rundown, crime-infested ghettos and face prejudice from the broader society, while the comfortable middle and upper class is predominantly black.
Prêt-à-Porter, 2h12
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes La mode, Films about sexuality, Films about television, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Kim Basinger, Chiara Mastroianni
Roles Himself
Rating51% 2.5512452.5512452.5512452.5512452.551245
À Paris, mars 1994, c'est la semaine de la mode avec le grand et le petit monde qui gravite autour. Tandis que la reporter Kitty Potter enchaîne les interview des stars de la mode, Olivier de la Fontaine, le président du syndicat du prêt à porter se retrouve dans une voiture de maître avec Sergio, un étrange personnage qui porte la même cravate que lui. Olivier meurt brusquement alors que la voiture est prise dans un embouteillage sur le Pont Alexandre-III. Sergio s'enfuit en plongeant dans la Seine. Ni Isabelle, la veuve d'Olivier, ni Simone Lowenthal, dite Simone Lo, ne semblent regretter la mort d'Olivier sur laquelle enquêtent les inspecteurs Tantpis et Forget. Joe Flynn, reporter sportif qui allait quitter son hôtel, est prié par son journal d’enquêter sur ce mystérieux décès, mais, au moment où il veut reprendre sa chambre, celle-ci vient d'être attribuée à l’énigmatique Anne Eisenhower qui a perdu ses bagages à Roissy.
The Player
The Player (1992)
, 2h4
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about films, Musical films
Actors Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James
Roles Himself
Rating75% 3.7985553.7985553.7985553.7985553.798555
Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is a Hollywood studio executive dating story editor Bonnie Sherow (Cynthia Stevenson). He hears story pitches from screenwriters and decides which have the potential to be made into films, green-lighting only 12 out of 50,000 submissions every year. His job is threatened when up-and-coming story executive Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) begins working at the studio. Mill has also been receiving death threat postcards, assumed to be from a screenwriter whose pitch he rejected.
Beetlejuice, 1h32
Directed by Tim Burton
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film, Ghost films, Comedy horror films
Actors Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Annie McEnroe, Catherine O'Hara
Roles The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
Rating74% 3.74873.74873.74873.74873.7487
Barbara and Adam Maitland decide to spend their vacation decorating their idyllic Connecticut country home. As the two are driving home from a trip to town, Barbara swerves to avoid a dog and the car plunges into a river. After they return home, she and Adam notice that they now lack reflections and they discover a Handbook for the Recently Deceased.