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$28 Million

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Harold George “Harry” Bellanfanti, Jr. is a singer, songwriter, actor and social activist born on 1st March, 1927 in Harlem, New York City USA, and as Harry Belafonte is one of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, a three times Grammy Award winner, as well as an Emmy Award and a Tony Award winner, and the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Belafonte has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1987, and most recently a critic of the George W.Bush and Barack Obama policies.

Have you ever wondered how rich Harry Belafonte is? According to sources it has been estimated that Harry Belafonte’s overall net worth is $28 million, as of mid-2016, accumulated primarily thanks to his extremely successful musical career since the late 1940s. However, since he is still active in the media, his net worth continues to grow.

Harry Belafonte Net Worth $28 Million

Born the oldest son of Caribbean immigrants, Harry grew up in New York City. His parents divorced when he was a young child and he was sent to Jamaica, where he lived with his relatives for a while. It was then that he first saw the oppression of blacks by the authorities, which made a big impact on him. In 1939, Belafonte returned to New York to live with his mother, who struggled in poverty. After he dropped out of high school, Harry enlisted in the US Navy in 1944, serving in the Pacific until the end of World War II, when he returned to New York to work a series of jobs before finding inspiration in an American Negro Theater performance he attended. This sparked Harry to become an actor, so he studied drama at the Dramatic Workshop run by Erwin Piscator, where one of his classmates was Marlon Brando.

Belafonte went on to appear in numerous American Negro Theater plays, but his big break came after he impressed Monte Kay while singing for a class project, and was then offered a chance to perform at the “Royal Roost” jazz club. Alongside his talented colleagues – musicians Charlie Parker and Miles Davis – Harry became popular in the club as well, making it to his first recording deal in 1949. However, by 1950 Harry had changed his musical style, favoring folk instead of popular music. He avidly studied traditional folk songs from around the world, and appeared in New York folk clubs. Belafonte debuted on Broadway in 1953 with his performance in “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac”, in which he sang several of his own songs, earning a Tony Award for his performance. His net worth was rising.

It was the mid ‘50s when Harry started his film career, appearing in his first movie “Bright Road” in 1953, and soon in Otto Preminger’s “Carmen-Jones”, in which he portrayed soldier Joe for which he received an Academy Award nomination. This success made Belafonte a star and he soon became a music sensation too. He released his “Calypso” album in 1956, which featured his view on traditional Caribbean folk music and introduced America to a new genre of music; the album sold one million copies.

Apart from his film and music career, Belafonte became the first African-American television producer. His later career included several other films and albums that didn’t achieve as much success as the previous. In 1995 he starred with John Travolta in “White Man’s Burden” which turned out to be a commercial disappointment.

However, Belafonte found his inspiration in activism. Harry met Martin Luther King in the 1950s and the two became good friends. He was next to King on many of his speeches, and participated in numerous protests and rallies.

Belafonte started supporting African artists in the mid-60s and led an effort to help people in Africa in the 1980s. He raised funds for those struck by famine in Ethiopia by recording the song “We Are the World” with several other famous artists like Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Ray Charles, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen. The song was released in 1985 and raised millions of dollars. Belafonte is UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador and a strong critic of the current political system and regime in America.

When it comes to his private life, Harry has married three times. He has two daughters from his first marriage to Marguerite Byrd(1948-57), two children from his second marriage to dancer Julie Robinson(1957-2008), and a daughter with his wife Malena Mathiesen, who he married in 2009.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lip Sync Battle 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World 2013 TV Movie documentary performer: "Danny Boy" - uncredited
Dancing with the Stars TV Series 1 episode, 2012 performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009
Beer and Board Games TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Some Jerk with a Camera 2011 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Violet & Daisy 2011 performer: "Mama Look a Boo Boo"
So You Think You Can Dance 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens 2011 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Sing Your Song 2011 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
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Baker 2007 performer: "Jump in the Line"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary performer: "Day-O"
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters TV Series documentary arranger - 1 episode, 2005 performer - 1 episode, 2005
The Lazarus Child 2005 writer: "Turn Around"
Beyond the Sea 2004 writer: "Jump Down, Spin Around" 1958
Life and Debt 2001 Documentary performer: "Day-O" The Banana Boat Song / writer: "Island in the Sun"
Belle maman 1999 writer: "Coconut Woman"
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends 1997 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"
Squish Story 1996 Documentary performer: "The Banana Boat Song Day-O"
Tohuwabohu 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grumpier Old Men 1995 performer: "Jump In The Line Shake Señora" / writer: "Jump In The Line Shake Señora"
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 writer: "Island in the Sun"
The Wonder Years 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter 1989 TV Special performer: "Angelina"
Beetlejuice 1988 performer: "Day-O", "Man Smart, Woman Smarter", "Sweethart from Venezuela", "Jump in the Line Shake Señora"
Frank's Place 1988 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Club Paradise 1986 writer: "Island In The Sun"
Schöne Ferien 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Mother's Meat Freuds Flesh 1984 writer: "Trio Theme - Banana Boat Song"
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie performer: "Say a Prayer for a Stranger"
Dolly and Carol in Nashville 1979 TV Movie writer: "Turn Around"
The Muppet Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1979 writer - 1 episode, 1979
Free to Be... You & Me 1974 TV Movie performer: "Parents Are People"
RCA's Opening Night 1973 TV Movie performer: "Jamaica Farewell", "Auntie Mary" - uncredited
That Girl TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1969 music - 1 episode, 1969
The Danny Kaye Show 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 performer: "My Baby's Not Around", "All Men Are Evil" / writer: "My Baby's Not Around", "All Men Are Evil"
The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1959 performer: "I DON'T LIKE IT HERE", "GOTTA TRAVEL ON", "FIFTEEN" / writer: "I DON'T LIKE IT HERE"
Island in the Sun 1957 performer: "Island in the Sun" / writer: "Island in the Sun"
The 28th Annual Academy Awards 1956 TV Special performer: "Unchained Melody"
Carmen Jones 1954 performer: "YOU TALK JUS' LIKE MY MAW", "DIS FLOWER", "FINAL DUET", "STRING ME HIGH ON A TREE"
Bright Road 1953 performer: "Suzanne Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down" - uncredited / writer: "Suzanne Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Island in the Sun 1957 David Boyeur
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series Vince
Front Row Center 1955 TV Series
Carmen Jones 1954 Joe
Bright Road 1953 Mr. Williams - School Principal
Bobby 2006 Nelson
Breathe 2005 Short Spokesperson
PB&J Otter 1999 TV Series Ice Moose
Swing Vote 1999 TV Movie Will Dunn
Kansas City 1996 Seldom Seen
White Man's Burden 1995 Thaddeus Thomas
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995 TV Series Magician
The Player 1992 Harry Belafonte
Beetlejuice 1988 The Balladeer (voice, uncredited)
Grambling's White Tiger 1981 TV Movie Coach Eddie Robinson
Uptown Saturday Night 1974 Geechie Dan Beauford
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1974 TV Series
Buck and the Preacher 1972 Preacher
The Angel Levine 1970 Alexander Levine
Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 Johnny Ingram
The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1959 Ralph Burton

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parting the Waters 2000 TV Mini-Series executive producer
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends 1997 TV Movie executive producer
The Affair 1995 TV Movie executive producer
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special producer
Beat Street 1984 producer
Buck and the Preacher 1972 producer - uncredited
The Angel Levine 1970 producer - uncredited
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Strolling '20s 1966 TV Movie executive producer / producer
Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 co-producer - uncredited
The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1959 producer - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beat Street 1984

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beat Street 1984 music producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Listen to Me Marlon 2015 Documentary thanks
Nas: Time Is Illmatic 2014 Documentary thanks
Al midan 2013 Documentary special thanks
The Last White Knight 2012 Documentary thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist 1998 Documentary special thanks
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scales of Injustice 2012 Documentary post-production Himself
Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy Documentary post-production Himself
Mr. SOUL! 2018 Documentary Himself
Democracy Now! 2010-2017 TV Series Himself
Ripple of Hope Awards 2016 Video Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity 2015 Documentary Himself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights 2014 TV Special Himself
In Confidence 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee 2014 Documentary Himself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors 2013 TV Special Himself
The March 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You 2013 Documentary Himself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
44th NAACP Image Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Last White Knight 2012 Documentary Himself
OnePeople: The Celebration 2012 Documentary Himself - Performer / Civil Rights Activist
Hava Nagila: The Movie 2012 Documentary Himself
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Menschen bei Maischberger 2012 TV Series Himself
DAS! 2012 TV Series Himself
Hamburg Journal 2012 TV Series Himself
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Independent Lens 2012 TV Series documentary
Under African Skies 2012 Documentary Himself
The MLK Streets Project 2012 Documentary short Commentary
Rise Like Lions 2011 Documentary Himself
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom 2011 Documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2004-2011 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself
Zero Percent 2011 Documentary Himself
Cinema 3 2011 TV Series Himself
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 Documentary Himself (voice)
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Himself
When I Rise 2010 Documentary Himself
Motherland 2010 Documentary Himself
American Renegade: Confessions of a Radical Humanist 2009 Documentary Himself
Larry King Live 1993-2009 TV Series Himself
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe 2009 Documentary Himself
Soundtrack for a Revolution 2009 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Sidney Poitier, un outsider à Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary
King 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement 2008 Documentary Himself
American Masters 1996-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
TV One on One 2007 TV Series Himself
Bobby: The Making of an American Epic 2007 Video documentary short Himself
BET Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself
History in Focus 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2006 TV Series Himself
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Mo & Me 2006 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Best Ever Muppet Moments 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
That's What I'm Talking About 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Voices Among Us 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Peace! DVD 2005 Video documentary Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 2005 TV Series Himself
Once Upon a Time... 2005 TV Movie Himself
Sabine Christiansen 2004 TV Series Himself
Tanner on Tanner 2004 TV Series Himself
Ladders 2004 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Calypso Dreams 2004 Video documentary Himself
Conakry Kas 2004 Documentary Himself
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Mein Leben 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Raymann is laat 2003 TV Series Himself
Gero von Boehm begegnet... 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
XXI Century 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor & Singer
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait 1998-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Nightclub Years 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Power of Peace 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
Petula Clark: This Is My Song 2001 TV Movie Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Whoopi Goldberg 2001 TV Movie Himself
Fidel 2001 Documentary Himself
An Evening with Harry Belafonte 2000 TV Movie Himself
The Hunger Heroes 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist 1998 Documentary Himself
The Marian Anderson Award Honoring Harry Belafonte 1998 TV Movie Himself
Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Willemsens Woche 1997 TV Series Himself
The G.I. Bill: The Law That Changed America 1997 TV Movie Himself
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor
Great Performances 1994-1997 TV Series Himself - Narrator / Himself
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends 1997 TV Movie Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Himself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream 1995 Documentary Himself
Ready to Wear 1994 Himself
Querida Concha 1993 TV Series Himself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration 1993 TV Movie Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier 1992 TV Special Himself - Host
Sesame Street 1982-1992 TV Series Himself
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia 1990 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1989 TV Special Himself - Honoree
The Unforgettable Nat 'King' Cole 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
We Shall Overcome 1989 Documentary Narrator
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1988 TV Series Himself
Champs-Elysées 1988 TV Series Himself
Live! Dick Clark Presents 1988 TV Series Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1988 TV Series Himself
Sábado noche 1988 TV Series Himself
Harry Belafonte - en samtale 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 13th Annual American Music Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Memories of Martin 1986 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special Himself - Host
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
Der schönste Traum 1984 Documentary Himself
exclusiv 1984 TV Series documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1984 TV Series Interpret
New York, New York 1981-1984 TV Series Himself
Roots of Rhythm 1984 TV Series Himself - Host
Sag nein 1983 Documentary
Auf los geht's los 1983 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1983 TV Series Himself
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie Himself
Drei Lieder 1983 Documentary short Himself
A veces miro mi vida 1982 Himself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Himself
Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker 1981 Documentary Himself (voice)
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
Heut' abend 1980 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
Numéro 1 1979 TV Series Himself
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1978 TV Movie Himself
America Salutes the Queen 1977 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1974 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
Free to Be... You & Me 1974 TV Movie Himself
Flip 1973 TV Series Himself
RCA's Opening Night 1973 TV Movie Himself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1973 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1973 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself
The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 TV Series Himself
The New Bill Cosby Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970-1972 TV Series Himself
Cinema 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
Film Night 1972 TV Series Himself
Weiße Rosen aus Athen 1971 TV Movie Himself - Musician
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay
A World of Love 1970 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Vocalist
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 Documentary Himself
Harry and Lena 1970 TV Movie Himself
An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte 1969 TV Special Himself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Introducing Hair Performance
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1968 TV Series Himself
13 Stars for Channel 13 1968 TV Movie Himself
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself
Petula 1968 TV Special Himself
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series Himself
The 21st Annual Tony Awards 1967 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Choreography
The Strolling '20s 1966 TV Movie Himself
What's My Line? 1955-1966 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Panelist
The Danny Kaye Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953-1964 TV Series Himself / Singer
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Talent Scouts 1962 TV Series Himself
At This Very Moment 1962 TV Special Himself
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series Himself
Belafonte, New York 19 1960 TV Movie Himself - Singer
The Revlon Revue 1959 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Heart of Show Business 1957 Short Himself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards 1956 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Himself - Singer
Cavalcade of Stars 1951 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
Sugar Hill Times 1949 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Football Life 2016 TV Series Himself
Austropop-Legenden 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Selma 2014 Himself (uncredited)
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Petula Clark Special
Democracy Now! 2011-2014 TV Series Himself
Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Birth of the Living Dead 2013 Documentary Himself
Anyone for Demis? How the World Invaded the Charts 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mama Africa 2011 Documentary Himself
My Music: John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind 2010 TV Movie Himself
Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Free at Last 2010 Documentary Himself
Die Lugners 2009 TV Series Himself - Wiener Opernball, 1992
A Company of Players 2008 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Les grands du rire 2007 TV Series Himself
Ein Leben wie im Flug 2007 TV Movie Himself
Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
USA the Movie 2005 Video Himself
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 2004 Documentary Himself
Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On 2004 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
Century of Black Cinema 2003 Video documentary Himself
Classified X 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mitomanía 1998 TV Series Himself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Speeches of Malcolm X 1997 Video documentary Himself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 2 1992 Video Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Himself
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years 1986 TV Movie Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1986 TV Series Himself
Black Hollywood 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Himself
Film Night 1971 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1959 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Academy Awards, USA
2014 CineCause ChangeMaker Icon Hollywood Film Festival
2011 Berlinale Camera Berlin International Film Festival
2011 Pioneer Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards

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2006 BET Award BET Awards Humanitarian Award
2006 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year Bobby (2006) · Joy Bryant
· Nick Cannon
· Emilio Estevez
· Laurence Fishburne
· Brian Geraghty
· Heather Graham
· Anthony Hopkins
· Helen Hunt
· Joshua Jackson
· David Krumholtz
· Ashton Kutcher
· Shia LaBeouf
· Lindsay Lohan
· William H. Macy
· Svetlana Metkina
· Demi Moore
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Martin Sheen
· Christian Slater
· Sharon Stone
· Jacob Vargas
· Mary Elizabeth Winstead
· Elijah Wood
2000 Freedom in Film Award Nashville Film Festival
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Jamerican International Film Festival
1996 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Kansas City (1996)
1968 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On February 8, 1960. On 6721 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series The Revlon Revue (1959)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Bobby (2006) · Demi Moore
· Sharon Stone
· Nick Cannon
· Joy Bryant
· Anthony Hopkins
· Lindsay Lohan
· Elijah Wood
· Helen Hunt
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Ashton Kutcher
· William H. Macy
· Martin Sheen
· Christian Slater
· Shia LaBeouf
· Laurence Fishburne
· Heather Graham
· Jacob Vargas
· Mary Elizabeth Winstead
· Svetlana Metkina
2007 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Bobby (2006)
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Bobby (2006) · Joy Bryant
· Nick Cannon
· Emilio Estevez
· Laurence Fishburne
· Brian Geraghty
· Heather Graham
· Anthony Hopkins
· Helen Hunt
· Joshua Jackson
· David Krumholtz
· Ashton Kutcher
· Shia LaBeouf
· Lindsay Lohan
· William H. Macy
· Svetlana Metkina
· Demi Moore
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Martin Sheen
· Christian Slater
· Sharon Stone
· Jacob Vargas
· Mary Elizabeth Winstead
· Elijah Wood
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular Music Harry and Lena (1970) · Lena Horne (star)
· Chiz Schultz (producer)
1961 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series Belafonte, New York 19 (1960)
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Male Singer
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Specialty Act - Single or Group

TitleSalary
Carmen Jones (1954) $1,800 /week

#Fact
1 He was a friend of Martin Luther King.
2 Vocal, public supporter in 2013--along with other celebs such as Susan Sarandon--of Democrat Bill de Blasio as the next Mayor of New York City.
3 Father-in-law of Malena Belafonte.
4 Is a long time friend of fellow actor and activist Sidney Poitier. They were born 9 days apart. They met in New York at age 20 before either was in show business.
5 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6721 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood,California.
6 Appeared in the 1946 American Negro Theatre play "Days of Our Youth" in 1946. Sidney Poitier eventually replaced Harry and was spotted by a talent agent who ignited his Hollywood career.
7 Has been awarded six Gold Records.
8 Has received Grammy Awards for the albums Swing That Hammer (1960) and An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba (1965). The latter album featuring legendary African singer Miriam Makeba dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid.
9 Son David is executive director of the family-held company Belafonte Enterprises Inc.
10 A veteran critic of U.S. foreign policy, his controversial political statements on this subject in the early 1980s have included opposing the U.S. embargo on Cuba, praising Soviet peace initiatives, attacking the U.S. invasion of Grenada, praising the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, honoring Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and praising Fidel Castro. On a Martin Luther King Day speech at Duke University in 2006, Belafonte compared the American government to the 9/11 terrorists.
11 Achieved widespread attention for his political views in 2002 when he began making a series of negative comments about President George W. Bush, his administration and the Iraq War.
12 In 1968, Belafonte appeared on a Petula Clark TV special on NBC. In the middle of a song, Clark smiled and briefly touched Belafonte's arm. The show's sponsor, Plymouth Motors, wanted to cut out the segment, but Clark, who had ownership of the special, told NBC that the performance would be shown intact or not at all. American newspapers published articles reporting the controversy and, when the special aired, it grabbed huge ratings.
13 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.
14 In 1985, he was one of the organizers behind the Grammy Award winning song "We Are the World," a multi-artist effort to raise funds for Africa, and performed in the Live Aid concert that same year.
15 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.
16 He was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1989, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, and he won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
17 Was the first African-American man to win an Emmy, with his first solo TV special "Tonight with Belafonte" in 1959.
18 His album Midnight Special (1962) featured the first-ever recorded appearance by a then young harmonica player named Bob Dylan.
19 Father-in-law of Sam Behrens and Scott McCray and Malena Belafonte.
20 He was a close friend of Burt Lancaster.
21 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1994 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
22 Performed "Turn the World Around" at Jim Henson's memorial service.
23 Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1996.
24 Won Broadway's 1954 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac," becoming the first Black performer to win a Tony Award.
25 An admirer and personal pal of Cuban President Fidel Castro.
26 Has a granddaughter, Sarafina and a grandson, Amadeus.
27 Served in the United States Navy.
28 A best-selling artist on RCA Victor records, his most successful albums with the label have included "Calypso", "Belafonte Sings of the Caribbean", "Belafonte at Carnegie Hall", "Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall", "Jump Up Calypso", "My Lord, What a Mornin'", "Belafonte at the Greek Theater", "The Midnight Special", "Streets I Have Walked", "Belefonte Sings of Love" and "Homeward Bound".
29 Recorded the first million-selling LP album with "Calypso" (RCA: 1956), which started a craze for this traditional Jamaican folk music in the United States.
30 Always outspoken in his beliefs, he created controversy in October of 2002 when he made disparaging remarks about Secretary of State Colin Powell. Far from being upset, Powell reportedly took the remarks good-humoredly, refusing to inflame the situation any further.
31 Father, with Marguerite Byrd (aka Marguerite Belafonte), of Shari Belafonte.
32 Father, with Julie Robinson, of Gina Belafonte and David Belafonte.
33 He won a Tony in 1953 for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac.".
34 Born at 10:30am-EST

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1 [on first meeting Martin Luther King] He had said that we would take maybe twenty or thirty minutes to just talk. It was almost four hours when we finally broke for breath.
2 We who came back from [World War II], having expectations and finding that there were none to be harvested, were put upon to make a decision. We could accept the status quo as it was beginning to reveal itself, with those repressive laws still in place. Or, as had begun to appear on the horizon, stimulated by something Mahatma Gandhi of India had done, we could start this quest for social change by confronting the state a little differently. Let's do it non-violently, let's use passive thinking applied to aggressive ideas, and perhaps we could overthrow the oppression by making it morally unacceptable.
3 [on planning for 'The March on Washington', August 28, 1963] In my instruction to my fellow artists when we met several times discussing strategy for what to do, I said, 'The more we can find ourselves in the heart of the people gathered at the event, the more we can be seen and identified with the everyday citizen, the more we are all linking arms together - not just celebrity to celebrity, but a truck driver, a dentist or a housewife - and we're all linking arms together, the more powerful that imagery becomes'. My task was to make sure that we salt-and-peppered the afternoon into the early evening to look that way.
4 [on 'The March on Washington'] In the end, the day was a complete win-win. The Kennedys heaved a huge sigh of relief that there was not one act of violence. And to see at the end everybody singing 'We Shall Overcome' and all the arms linked - we've said it often, but it's worth saying as often as necessary - there wasn't a dry eye in the house. And it was all of America. All of it. You went through that crowd and you couldn't find any type missing, any gender, any race, any religion. It was America at its most transformative moment.
5 When my mother gave birth to me, the city so terrified her-the intensity of it, the complicated way people pass through people's lives-she thought the best thing to do was to take her children back to the Caribbean, let them be raised by the village, and then at some point bring them back to America. I stayed in the Caribbean from 1 and a half to 12.
6 One of the things that made New York particularly complicated was that there were no laws in the state or on the books that segregated its citizens. There was no law on the book that said, "A black person cannot live here. A black person cannot eat here. A black person cannot go to school here." It was all something we just understood. We didn't go below 110th Street. We didn't go north of 150th Street ... or 145th Street. We didn't go farther west than Riverside Drive-well, I guess there's not much farther to go there! And we didn't go farther east than the East River. That was our ghetto.
7 I believe that my time was a remarkable one. I am aware that we now live in a world overrun by cruelty and destruction, and as our earth disintegrates and our spirits numb we lose moral purpose and creative vision. But still I must believe, as I always have, that our best times lie ahead, and in the final analysis, along the way we will be comforted by one another. That is my song.
8 I was good as a singer, but I wasn't the best, and I'd known that from the start. I had to rely on my acting. And in the end I could make a case that I was the greatest actor in the world: I'd convinced everyone I could sing.
9 In the days of slavery there were those slaves who lived on the plantation, in shacks out back, and those who lived in the master's house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master well. When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture.
10 To me, faith as practiced all around me was blindly tied to religion, and religion was preachers in Harlem and Jamaica passing the hat for Jesus and driving off in fancy cars. It was nuns invoking the Christian spirit and rapping my knuckles with sticks. It was priests blessing Italian troops on the newsreels, sending them off to slaughter defenseless Ethiopians. I failed to see any good in the hypocrisy of that.
11 Knowing I was playing to an influential crowd, I'd snuck a little politics, with new lines for old songs, like 'Michael, Row the Boat Ashore': 'Mississippi on your knees, Hallelujah!/ Another bus is on the way, Hallelujah.'
12 I wasn't an artist who became an activist. I was an activist who became an artist. Ever since my mother had drummed it into me, I'd felt the need to fight injustice wherever I saw it, in whatever way I could.
13 [on Harlem, 2011] One of the foremost things that we suffer from, for children, is the lack of models, of tangible role models. A lot of us, as kids, had no such problems. Because then, a lot of the achievers were also required to live in the middle of Harlem, or in the South Side of Chicago. 'Rich nigs' couldn't go anywhere. We saw Robeson. We saw Duke Ellington: he lived with us. Now, none of those heroic figures live in Bed-Stuy or the heart of Harlem. Now they live in Martha's Vineyard, Fire Island. In California, they live in Beverly Hills.
14 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 outside the law. Running numbers and so on. Which is, of course, a characteristic of the poor, who find ways to break the rules, since the rules are always stacked against them.
15 I've always looked at the world and thought what can I do next? Where do we go from here? How can we fix it? And that's still how I look at the world, because there is so much to be done. The whole world is caught in human suffering. And those who professed about making change have not come up with answers. We have failed in terms of the moral side. We have to do more.
16 No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush, says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people support your revolution. - Remarks made to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in January 2006
17 On "Larry King Live (1985)," October, 2002, clarifying his comments on Colin Powell: "It is my personal feeling that plantations exist all over America. If you walk into South Central Los Angeles, into Watts, or you walk into Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, you'll find people who live lives that are as degrading as anything that slavery had ever produced. They live in economic oppression, they live in a disenfranchised way. In the hearts and minds of those people, and millions of others, you're always looking for hope, and whenever somebody within our tribe, within our group, emerges that has the position of authority and power to make a difference in the way business is done, our expectations run high. Many times, those expectations are not fulfilled. But when such an individual is in the service of those who not only perpetuate the oppression, but sometimes design the way in which it is applied, it then becomes very, very, very, very critical that we raise our voices and be heard."
18 Unless you have had the experience of sitting in a village in war-ravaged Guatemala, or a humble, box-like room in the wretched South African township of Alexandra, or in a dust-covered hovel on a Native American reservation, or in the tin shacks that house the thousands who live desperate lives in East Kingston Jamaica, or in an overcrowded, below-poverty-level dwelling in a Ghetto in New York, Chicago, or Detroit, among people whose lives are dominated by their bitter struggle for existence and some bit of dignity, unless you've seen from these places the looks on the faces of small children as they watched Sesame Street or the Muppets, you'll never really understand what Jim and his colleagues have done for millions of children all over the world, children who have never smiled, nor dared to dream, had it not been for Jim Henson. I come from those places; I know these faces. Through them I came to fully appreciate Jim.


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