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Harry Belafonte


Harold George Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927 in New York City. He was educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in nightclubs and theaters, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues "John Murray ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 The 25 Songs of Christmas (TV Movie) (performer: "Mary's Boy Child")
 2016 Who's Doing the Dishes? (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Rustie Lee (2016) ... (performer: "Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)" - uncredited)
 2015 Lip Sync Battle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Jimmy Fallon vs. Dwayne Johnson (2015) ... (performer: "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)")
 2013 Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Danny Boy" - uncredited)
  Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode, 2012) (performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009)
- Performance Show: Week Five (2012) ... ("Sweetheart From Venezuela")
- Round Two (2009) ... (performer: "Jump in the Line" - uncredited)
- Episode #7.2 (2008) ... (performer: "Coconut Woman" - uncredited)
  Beer and Board Games (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Drunk Birthday Risk (2012) ... (performer: "Coconut Woman") / (writer: "Coconut Woman")
 2011 Some Jerk with a Camera (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Halloween Time at Disneyland (2011) ... (performer: "Jump In The Line")
 2011 Violet & Daisy (performer: "Mama Look a Boo Boo")
 2011 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Two of 8 Voted Off (2011) ... (performer: "Jump in the Line")
 2011 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Have You Heard from Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto (2011) ... (performer: "We Are The Wave")
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (performer: "Another Man Done Gone", "And I Love You So", "Day-O", "Give Us Our Land", "Hallelujah I Love Her So", "Island in the Sun", "Jump in the Line", "Lean on Me", "Mark Twain", "Nongoongod (To Those We Love)", "Oh Freedom", "Suzanne (Every Night When the Sun Goes Down)", "There's a Hole in the Bucket") / (writer: "Bald Headed Woman", "Coconut Woman", "Hold 'Em Joe", "In That Great Gettin' Up Morning", "Island in the Sun", "Jump Down Spin Around", "Jump in the Line", "Man Smart Woman Smarter", "Mark Twain", "Mo Yet", "My Baby's Not Around", "Oh Freedom", "Sister Suzy", "Suzanne (Every Night When the Sun Goes Down)", "There's a Hole in the Bucket", "When the Saints Go Marching In")
 2010 Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 December 2010 (2010) ... (performer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
 2007 The Baker (performer: "Jump in the Line")
 2007 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Documentary) (performer: "Day-O")
 2006 Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2006) ... (performer: "Mr. Bojangles")
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (arranger - 1 episode, 2005) (performer - 1 episode, 2005)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (arranger: "Bald Headed Woman") / (performer: "Bald Headed Woman")
 2005 The Lazarus Child (writer: "Turn Around")
 2004 Beyond the Sea (writer: "Jump Down, Spin Around" (1958))
 2001 Life and Debt (Documentary) (performer: "Day-O" (The Banana Boat Song)) / (writer: "Island in the Sun")
 1999 Belle maman (writer: "Coconut Woman")
 1997 An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends (TV Movie) (performer: "We Are The Wave", "Turn The World Around", "Island In The Sun", "Skin To Skin", "Kwela (Listen To The Man)", "Eyala", "Matilda", "Dangerous Times", "The Glow Of Lightness", "Try To Remember", "Paradise In Gazankulu", "Eyando", "Jamaica Farewell", "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)") / (writer: "Turn The World Around", "Island In The Sun")
 1996 Squish Story (Documentary) (performer: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)")
 1996 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Reg. Nr. 27 (1996) ... (performer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (performer: "Jump In The Line (Shake Señora)") / (writer: "Jump In The Line (Shake Señora)")
 1992 The Muppet Christmas Carol (writer: "Island in the Sun")
 1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Little Debbie (1990) ... (performer: "Try to Remember" - uncredited)
 1989 The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter (TV Special) (performer: "Angelina")
 1988 Beetlejuice (performer: "Day-O", "Man Smart, Woman Smarter", "Sweethart from Venezuela", "Jump in the Line (Shake Señora)")
 1988 Frank's Place (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Bum Out Front (1988) ... (performer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1986 Club Paradise (writer: "Island In The Sun")
 1985 Schöne Ferien (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Urlaubsgeschichten aus Sri Lanka und von den Malediven (1985) ... (performer: "Island in the Sun" - uncredited)
 1985 Charles in Charge (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pressure from Grandma (1985) ... (writer: "Matilda" - uncredited)
 1985 We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (TV Movie documentary) ("We Are the World", uncredited)
 1984 Mother's Meat Freuds Flesh (writer: "Trio Theme - Banana Boat Song")
 1983 Parade of Stars (TV Movie) (performer: "Say a Prayer for a Stranger")
 1979 Dolly and Carol in Nashville (TV Movie) (writer: "Turn Around")
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1979) (writer - 1 episode, 1979)
- Harry Belafonte (1979) ... (performer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", "Turn the World Around" - uncredited) / (writer: "Turn the World Around" - uncredited)
 1974 Free to Be... You & Me (TV Movie) (performer: "Parents Are People")
 1973 RCA's Opening Night (TV Movie) (performer: "Jamaica Farewell", "Auntie Mary" - uncredited)
  That Girl (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1969) (music - 1 episode, 1969)
- My Sister's Keeper (1969) ... (lyrics: "Turn Around" - uncredited) / (music: "Turn Around" - uncredited)
 1965 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.1 (1965) ... (performer: "The Breaks", "Girls in Their Summer Dresses", "Raindrop", "Walk On", "Opa Neena Neena Naee", "Hava Naguila")
 1959 Odds Against Tomorrow (performer: "My Baby's Not Around", "All Men Are Evil") / (writer: "My Baby's Not Around", "All Men Are Evil")
 1959 The World, the Flesh and the Devil (performer: "I Don't Like It Here", "Gotta Travel On", "Fifteen" - uncredited) / (writer: "I Don't Like It Here" - uncredited)
 1957 Island in the Sun (performer: "Island in the Sun") / (writer: "Island in the Sun")
 1956 The 28th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Unchained Melody")
 1954 Carmen Jones (performer: "YOU TALK JUS' LIKE MY MAW", "DIS FLOWER", "FINAL DUET", "STRING ME HIGH ON A TREE")
 1953 Bright Road (performer: "Suzanne (Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down)" - uncredited) / (writer: "Suzanne (Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down)" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

(1/2/69) Stage: Produced, with Chiz Schultz, Edgar Lansbury and Robert Nemiroff, the Lorraine Hansberry / Robert Nemiroff play "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" on 2 January 1969 at The Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City at the Cherry Lane Theater. NOTE: Filmed as To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Harry Belafonté | Harry Bellafonte

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

People from the Caribbean did not respond to America's repressions in the same way that black Americans did. We were constantly in a state of rebellion, constantly in a state of thinking way above that which we were given. My people were gangsters and lived in the underworld. And I don't mean major American crime. I mean, as an immigrant, if you can't find work within the law, you find work ... See more »

Trivia:

Attended George Washington High School in New York City, where he was on the track team. See more »

Nickname:

The King of Calypso

Star Sign:

Pisces

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