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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 at New York City (USA)
Death 25 april 2023 (at 96 years)
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.


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 (29 films)

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BlacKkKlansman, 2h15
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about racism
Actors Adam Driver, John David Washington, Corey Hawkins, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Danny Hoch
Roles Jerome Turner
Rating75% 3.750153.750153.750153.750153.75015
Le film commence par un extrait de Autant en emporte le vent, montrant les ravages de la guerre de Sécession durant le siège d'Atlanta. Le Dr Kennebrew Beauregard présente ensuite la rhétorique raciste sudiste.
I Am Not Your Negro, 1h33
Directed by Raoul Peck
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Dick Cavett, Bob Dylan, Sidney Poitier, Doris Day
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating78% 3.9475353.9475353.9475353.9475353.947535
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.
Selma (2014)
, 2h8
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about racism, Political films
Actors David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint
Roles Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating74% 3.7487653.7487653.7487653.7487653.748765
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) accepts his Nobel Peace Prize. Four African-American girls are shown walking down the stairs of the 16th Street Baptist Church until an explosion explosion set by the Ku Klux Klan kills them. In Selma, Alabama, Annie Lee Cooper attempts to register to vote but is prevented by the white registrar. King meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson and asks for federal legislation to allow black citizens to register to vote unencumbered. Johnson says he has more important projects.
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
Rating81% 4.0993054.0993054.0993054.0993054.099305
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)
Rating74% 3.7154953.7154953.7154953.7154953.715495
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 (2006)
, 2h
Directed by Emilio Estevez
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about families, Political films
Actors Nicholas Cannon, Harry Belafonte, Emilio Estevez, Joy Bryant, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham
Roles Nelson
Rating69% 3.497353.497353.497353.497353.49735
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% 4.3836454.3836454.3836454.3836454.383645
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:
The Peace!
The Peace! (2005)
, 48minutes
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Children's films
Actors Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Ossie Davis, Danny Schechter
Roles Self
Rating70% 3.543283.543283.543283.543283.54328
The Peace Tree tells the story of two little girls, one Muslim and one Christian, who dream of celebrating each other’s festivals, Christmas and Eid. But when they share their dreams, they are met with resistance from their parents who express their concerns. Through their struggles, they create a unique symbol—The Peace Tree, a tree that highlights the symbols from all our cultures and faiths to reflect the beauty of "diversity in unity". The Peace Tree shares the voices of the children who try to enlighten their parents to the importance of sharing and celebrating diversity together.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, 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, Ronald Reagan
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating74% 3.7456553.7456553.7456553.7456553.745655
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, Historical, 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% 3.1496153.1496153.1496153.1496153.149615
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% 2.649982.649982.649982.649982.64998
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.