Harry Belafonte

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Harold George Belafonte Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/01/1927, Pisces
  • Profession: Singer; actor; activist
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Harry Belafonte Fast Facts:
  • Spent a good deal of his childhood in Jamaica. 
  • Enlisted in the Navy after a learning disability caused him to discontinue his high-school education.
  • Was encouraged by his mentor and fellow entertainer Paul Robeson to urge an audience to join in singing songs with him.  
  • Cinematic debut was in the 1953 drama Bright Road.
  • Made recording history in 1956 when his third album, Calypso, sold more than one million copies. It was the first 33 1/3 rpm LP by a solo artist to sell one million copies. The LP included the hits "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)" and "Jamaica Farewell."
  • Became the first African-American TV producer with 1960's Tonight With Harry Belafonte; the program won an Emmy.
  • Appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF in March 1987.   
  • Recipient of many accolades including Kennedy Center Honors in 1989, National Medal of the Arts in 1994 and BET Humanitarian Award in 2006. 
  • Harry Belafonte Relationships:
  • Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer - Daughter
  • Pamela Belafonte - Wife
  • Julie Robinson - Ex-wife
  • Marguerite Byrd - Ex-wife
  • Gina Belafonte - Daughter
  • Harold George Belafonte Sr. - Father
  • Shari Belafonte - Daughter
  • David Michael Belafonte - Son
  • Melvine Belafonte - Mother
  • Jane Love - Grandmother
  • Harry Belafonte Awards:
  • 1960 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program - Winner
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2014 Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Winner
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Specialty Act - Single or Group - Nominee
  • 1954 Tony: Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical) - Winner
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Male Singer - Nominee
  • 1961 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series - Nominee

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