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Harold George Belafonte (Bellanfanti), Jr.

Also Known As: "Harry Belafonte"
Birthplace: Lying-in Hospital, Harlem, Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
Death: April 25, 2023 (96)
At home, Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States (congestive heart failure)
Place of Burial: 280 Secor Road, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Harold George Bellanfanti, Sr. and Melvine Clarasteen Wright
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Marguerite Byrd and Private
Father of Shari Belafonte; Private; Private and Private User
Brother of Private
Half brother of Private and Private

Occupation: Singer, Actor, Social Activist
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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About Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte was an American singer, actor, and activist, who popularized calypso music with international audiences in the 1950s. He 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. Belafonte 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 to be a mentor. Belafonte was also 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. (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)


  • "Harry Belafonte." Wikipedia, revision of 5 June 2023. < link > Accessed 8 June 2023.
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Harry Belafonte's Timeline

March 1, 1927
Lying-in Hospital, Harlem, Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
September 22, 1954
New York City, New York, United States