Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 01-03-1927
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: New York, New York, U.S.
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  • Popularity: 2.96
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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.

Year Movie Character
2006 Bobby as Nelson
1959 The World, the Flesh and the Devil as Ralph Burton
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow as Johnny Ingram
1966 The Strolling '20s as Self
1954 Carmen Jones as Joe
2012 Sing Your Song as Self
2005 The Peace! as Self
1997 Jazz '34 as Self - Narrator
2011 The University of Sing Sing as Self
2020 The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show as Self
2020 Dom Salvador & The Abolition as Self
1977 The Tallest Tree in Our Forest as Self
2022 Harry Belafonte: Between Calypso and Justice as Self - Subject (archive footage)
1988 The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert as Himself
1972 Buck and the Preacher as Preacher
1990 The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson as Self
2011 Mama Africa as Self (archive footage)
2012 Hava Nagila: The Movie as Self
1970 The Angel Levine as Alexander Levine
1999 Swing Vote as Will Dunn
1995 White Man's Burden as Thaddeus Thomas
2004 The World of Nat King Cole as Self
1968 Petula as Self
2014 Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee as Self
2017 The Madding Crowd as Self
1999 Paul Robeson: Here I Stand as Self
2022 Sidney as Self
1989 The Unforgettable Nat King Cole as Self
1996 Kansas City as Seldom Seen
1974 Uptown Saturday Night as Geechie Dan Beauford
1953 Bright Road as Mr. Williams - School Principal
2013 Moms Mabley as Self
1974 Free to Be… You and Me as Self
2013 JFK: The Private President as Self
2017 Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart as Self
2018 King in the Wilderness as Self
2015 Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity as Self
2021 The One and Only Dick Gregory as Self
2018 Martin Luther King by Trevor Mcdonald as Self - Singer
1997 Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady as Self
2022 Is That Black Enough for You?!? as Self
2011 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 as Self (voice)
2018 Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America as Self
1993 The Best Of Danny Kaye - The Television Years as Self (archive footage)
2018 Mr. SOUL! as Self
2005 Legenden: Audrey Hepburn as Self
2011 Rise Like Lions as Self
2004 Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism as Self (archive footage)
2004 Muppet Music Moments as Self
2019 JFK - Galakonzert 1961 as Self
1957 Island in the Sun as David Boyeur
2012 Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom as Self
2014 Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark as Self
2013 Martin Luther King and the March on Washington as Self
1972 Nationtime as Self
2017 I Am Not Your Negro as Self (archive footage)
1981 Grambling's White Tiger as Coach Eddie Robinson
2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years as Self (archive footage)
1986 The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years as Self (archive footage)
2006 Best Ever Muppet Moments as Self
2002 Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour as Self (uncredited)
1994 The World of Jim Henson as Self
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis as Self (archive footage)
1982 Night of 100 Stars as Self
2022 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as Self - Inductee (archive footage)
1985 We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song as Self
2018 BlacKkKlansman as Jerome Turner
1992 The Player as Harry Belafonte
2014 Selma as self (archive footage)
1994 Ready to Wear as Self
1959 The World, the Flesh and the Devil
1970 The Angel Levine
1970 King Leopold’s Ghost
1972 Buck and the Preacher
1984 Beat Street
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1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (4 episode) as Self
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode) as Self - Singer
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (3 episode) as Self
1979 CBS News Sunday Morning (1 episode) as Self
2005 The Colbert Report (1 episode) as Self - Guest
1976 The Muppet Show (1 episode) as Self - Special Guest Star
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode) as Vince
1967 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (3 episode) as Self
1970 The Flip Wilson Show (1 episode) as Self
1966 ABC Stage 67 (1 episode) as Self
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode) as Self
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1 episode) as Self
1953 The Oscars (1 episode) as Self
1981 Wetten, dass..? (1 episode) as Self
2016 Jackie Robinson (2 episode) as Self
2006 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (4 episode) as Self
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel (1 episode) as Self
1988 Flitterabend (1 episode) as Self - Singer
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1 episode) as Self
2018 Bobby Kennedy for President (4 episode) as Self
1972 The Julie Andrews Hour (1 episode) as Self
1991 Musik liegt in der Luft (1 episode) as Self - Singer
1966 Goldene Kamera Verleihung (1 episode) as Self - Laudatio
1956 Tony Awards (2 episode) as Self - Presenter
1977 Auf los geht's los (2 episode) as Self
2003 Menschen bei Maischberger (1 episode) as Self
1950 What's My Line? (4 episode) as Self - Mystery Guest
1982 Champs-Elysées (1 episode) as Self
1968 The Dick Cavett Show (2 episode) as Self - Guest
1998 Sabine Christiansen (1 episode) as Self
1991 DAS! (1 episode) as Self
1995 Willemsens Woche (1 episode) as Self
2002 Gero von Boehm begegnet... (1 episode) as Self
1957 Aktuelle Schaubude (1 episode) as Self - Singer
1976 Club 2 (1 episode) as Self
1998 Vivement dimanche (1 episode) as Self
1963 The Danny Kaye Show (1 episode) as Self
1971 Great Performances (2 episode) as Self
1955 Was bin ich? (1 episode) as self
2011 Hamburg Journal (1 episode) as self
1980 Heut' abend (2 episode) as Self
1983 Bei Bio (1 episode) as Self
1962 The Merv Griffin Show (2 episode) as Self
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode) as Self (archive footage)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode) as Self - Singer (archive footage)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (2 episode) as Self - Singer
2004 Tanner on Tanner (4 episode) as Self
2020 TV Story Superstar (1 episode) as Self (archive footage)
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1 episode) as Magic Man (voice)
1972 Le grand échiquier (1 episode) as Self
1998 PB&J Otter (1 episode) as The Ice Moose (voice)
1975 Numéro un (1 episode) as Self
1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1 episode) as Self - Cameo

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