Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

  • Birthday: 1927-03-01
  • Deathday: 2023-04-25
  • Place of birth: New York City, New York, USA
  • Also know as: Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.

Biography

Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927 – April 25, 2023) was an American singer, actor and activist, who popularized calypso music with international audiences in the 1950s. Belafonte is one of the few performers to have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT), although he won the Oscar in a non-competitive category. He earned his career breakthrough with the album Calypso (1956), which was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Belafonte was best known for his recordings of "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)", "Jamaica Farewell", and "Mary's Boy Child". He recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He also starred in films such as Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Buck and the Preacher (1972), and Uptown Saturday Night (1974). He made his final screen appearance in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman (2018). Belafonte considered the actor, singer, and activist Paul Robeson a mentor, and he was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations. Belafonte acted as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues. Belafonte 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 and in 2022 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Early Influence category. Description above from the Wikipedia article Harry Belafonte, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Filmography

The Player

1992

As Harry Belafonte

Bobby

2006

As Nelson

Kansas City

1996

As Seldom Seen

Buck and the Preacher

1972

As Preacher

Odds Against Tomorrow

1959

As Johnny Ingram

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

2004

As Self (archive footage)

Uptown Saturday Night

1974

As Geechie Dan Beauford

Island in the Sun

1957

As David Boyeur

The Strolling '20s

1966

As Self

Carmen Jones

1954

As Joe

Sing Your Song

2012

As Self

Bright Road

1953

As Mr. Williams - School Principal

Mama Africa

2011

As Self (archive footage)

The Peace!

2005

As Self

Jazz '34

1997

As Self - Narrator

Moms Mabley

2013

As Self

The Angel Levine

1970

As Alexander Levine

Swing Vote

1999

As Will Dunn

White Man's Burden

1995

As Thaddeus Thomas

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

1970

As Self (archive footage)

TV in Black: The First Fifty Years

2004

As Self (archive footage)

Grambling's White Tiger

1981

As Coach Eddie Robinson

Petula

1968

As Self

BlacKkKlansman

2018

As Jerome Turner

The Best Of Danny Kaye - The Television Years

1993

As Self (archive footage)

The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years

1986

As Self (archive footage)

Nationtime

1972

As Self

The Madding Crowd

2017

As Self (archive footage)

Selma

2014

As Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

I Am Not Your Negro

2017

As Self (archive footage)

Mr. SOUL!

2018

As Self

Night of 100 Stars

1982

As Self

Rise Like Lions

2011

As Self

Prêt-à-Porter

1994

As Self

Harry Belafonte: Between Calypso and Justice

2022

As Self - Subject (archive footage)

Sidney

2022

As Self

2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2022

As Self - Inductee (archive footage)

Sunday Best

2023

As

The Muppet Revue

1985

As Self

Mo & Me

2006

As

The Greatest Night in Pop

2024

As Self (archive footage)

Production

The Angel Levine

1970

As Producer

Beat Street

1984

As Original Music Composer

King Leopold’s Ghost

0000

As Producer

Buck and the Preacher

1972

As Producer

The Affair

1995

As Executive Producer

Odds Against Tomorrow

1959

As Co-Producer

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