- American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist
|Real name:||Harold George "Harry" Bellanfanti, Jr|
|Born:||01 March 1927 Comment |
|How old is Harry Belafonte in 2021? / Age: ||94 years
|Where was Harry Belafonte born?||New York, USA|
Who is Harry Belafonte? / Facts
- One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was d믭 the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s
- His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million selling album by a single artist
- Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O"
- He has recorded in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards
- He has also starred in several films, most notably in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957) and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
- Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s confidants
- Throughout his career he has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa
- Since 1987 he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
- In recent years he has been a vocal critic of the policies of both the George W
- Bush and Barack Obama presidential administrations
- Harry Belafonte now acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues
- Belafonte has 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
- In March 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston
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Last update: 26 February 2017
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