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Harold George Belafonte Jr.
New York, NY
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
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
Made recording history in 1956 when his third album,
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:
Julie Robinson - Ex-wife
Marguerite Byrd - Ex-wife
Gina Belafonte - Daughter
Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer - Daughter
Pamela Belafonte - Wife
Shari Belafonte - Daughter
David Michael Belafonte - Son
Harold George Belafonte Sr. - Father
Melvine Belafonte - Mother
Jane Love - Grandmother
Harry Belafonte Awards:
1971 Emmy: Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Nominee
1954 Tony: Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical) - Winner
2014 Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Winner
1956 Emmy: Best Specialty Act - Single or Group - Nominee
1961 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series - Nominee
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
1956 Emmy: Best Male Singer - Nominee
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