Mar. 1st, 1927
New York City, New York, USA
Harry Belafonte's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2006 - Bobby
2004 - Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
1996 - Kansas City
1995 - White Man's Burden
1994 - Prêt-à-porter
1992 - The Player
1974 - Uptown Saturday Night
1972 - Buck and the Preacher
1959 - Odds Against Tomorrow
1959 - The World, the Flesh and the Devil
1957 - Island in the Sun
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Singer
Himself - Guest Vocalist
Ice Moose (Voiced)
Himself - Guest
Harold George Belafonte was born in New York City. He attended George Washington High School, where he was on the track team. In 1944 he left high school and joined the Navy. His wife, Julie Robinson (II), was a featured dancer in Katherine Dunham's dance troupe. Both Harry and Julie were, and still are, extremely active in the civil rights struggle.
- Appeared on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and performed a controversial "Mardi Gras" number with footage intercut from the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. CBS censors deleted the entire segment from the program.
- He won a Tony in 1953 for "'John Murray Anderson' (qv)'s Almanac.".
- Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1996.
- Won Broadway's 1954 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "'John Murray Anderson' (qv)'s Almanac," becoming the first Black performer to win a Tony Award.
- Father-in-law of 'Sam Behrens' (qv) and 'Scott McCray' (qv).
- His triumphant success as an entertainer in the arts did not protect him from racial discrimination, particularly in the South. As a result, he refused to perform in the southern region of the U.S. from 1954 until 1961.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6721 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood,California.
- An admirer and personal pal of Cuban President 'Fidel Castro (I)' (qv).
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