Harry Belafonte Net Worth

Harry Belafonte Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Harold George Belafonte Jr. net worth is
$28 Million

Harold George Belafonte Jr. Wiki Biography

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.

Full NameHarry Belafonte
Net Worth$28 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 1, 1927
Place Of BirthHarlem, Manhattan, New York City New York, U.S.
Height1.82 m
ProfessionSinger, Author, Songwriter, Actor, Television producer, Film producer, Social activist
EducationThe New School
SpousePamela Frank (m. 2008), Julie Robinson (m. 1957–2008), Marguerite Belafonte (m. 1948–1957)
ChildrenShari Belafonte, Gina Belafonte, David Belafonte, Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer
ParentsMelvine Bellanfanti, Harold George Bellanfanti, Sr.
SiblingsRaymond Wright, Raymond Wright
AwardsJean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Kennedy Center Honors, BET Humanitarian Award, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, Grammy Hall of Fame, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Vari...
NominationsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety O...
MoviesSing Your Song, Carmen Jones, Buck and the Preacher, Odds Against Tomorrow, Uptown Saturday Night, White Man's Burden, Bright Road, The Angel Levine, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, Island in the Sun, Beat Street, Bobby, Grambling's White Tiger, Roots of Rhythm, Kansas City, The Affair, Tony Ben...
TV ShowsHarry and Lena
Carmen Jones (1954)$1,800 /week
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.
2We 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.
5When 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.
6One 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.
7I 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.
8I 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.
9In 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.
10To 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.
11Knowing 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.'
12I 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.
14People 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.
15I'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.
16No 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
17On "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."
18Unless 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.
1He was a friend of Martin Luther King.
2Vocal, 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.
3Father-in-law of Malena Belafonte.
4Is 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.
5He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6721 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood,California.
6Appeared 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.
7Has been awarded six Gold Records.
8Has 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.
9Son David is executive director of the family-held company Belafonte Enterprises Inc.
10A 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.
11Achieved 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.
12In 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.
13Appeared 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.
14In 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.
15His 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.
16He 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.
17Was the first African-American man to win an Emmy, with his first solo TV special "Tonight with Belafonte" in 1959.
18His album Midnight Special (1962) featured the first-ever recorded appearance by a then young harmonica player named Bob Dylan.
19Father-in-law of Sam Behrens and Scott McCray and Malena Belafonte.
20He was a close friend of Burt Lancaster.
21He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1994 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
22Performed "Turn the World Around" at Jim Henson's memorial service.
23Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1996.
24Won 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.
25An admirer and personal pal of Cuban President Fidel Castro.
26Has a granddaughter, Sarafina and a grandson, Amadeus.
27Served in the United States Navy.
28A 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".
29Recorded the first million-selling LP album with "Calypso" (RCA: 1956), which started a craze for this traditional Jamaican folk music in the United States.
30Always 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.
31Father, with Marguerite Byrd (aka Marguerite Belafonte), of Shari Belafonte.
32Father, with Julie Robinson, of Gina Belafonte and David Belafonte.
33He won a Tony in 1953 for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac.".
34Born at 10:30am-EST


Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World2013TV Movie documentary performer: "Danny Boy" - uncredited
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 1 episode, 2012 performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009
Beer and Board GamesTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Violet & Daisy2011performer: "Mama Look a Boo Boo"
So You Think You Can Dance2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens2011TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Sing Your Song2011Documentary 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 bloopers2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Baker2007performer: "Jump in the Line"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten2007Documentary performer: "Day-O"
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
American MastersTV Series documentary arranger - 1 episode, 2005 performer - 1 episode, 2005
The Lazarus Child2005writer: "Turn Around"
Beyond the Sea2004writer: "Jump Down, Spin Around" 1958
Life and Debt2001Documentary performer: "Day-O" The Banana Boat Song / writer: "Island in the Sun"
Belle maman1999writer: "Coconut Woman"
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends1997TV 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 Story1996Documentary performer: "The Banana Boat Song Day-O"
Tohuwabohu1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grumpier Old Men1995performer: "Jump In The Line Shake Señora" / writer: "Jump In The Line Shake Señora"
The Muppet Christmas Carol1992writer: "Island in the Sun"
The Wonder Years1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter1989TV Special performer: "Angelina"
Beetlejuice1988performer: "Day-O", "Man Smart, Woman Smarter", "Sweethart from Venezuela", "Jump in the Line Shake Señora"
Frank's Place1988TV Series performer - 1 episode
Club Paradise1986writer: "Island In The Sun"
Schöne Ferien1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Mother's Meat Freuds Flesh1984writer: "Trio Theme - Banana Boat Song"
Parade of Stars1983TV Movie performer: "Say a Prayer for a Stranger"
Dolly and Carol in Nashville1979TV Movie writer: "Turn Around"
The Muppet ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1979 writer - 1 episode, 1979
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV Movie performer: "Parents Are People"
RCA's Opening Night1973TV Movie performer: "Jamaica Farewell", "Auntie Mary" - uncredited
That GirlTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1969 music - 1 episode, 1969
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Odds Against Tomorrow1959performer: "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 Devil1959performer: "I Don't Like It Here", "Gotta Travel On", "Fifteen" - uncredited / writer: "I Don't Like It Here" - uncredited
Island in the Sun1957performer: "Island in the Sun" / writer: "Island in the Sun"
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV Special performer: "Unchained Melody"
Bright Road1953performer: "Suzanne Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down" - uncredited / writer: "Suzanne Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down" - uncredited


PB&J Otter1999TV SeriesIce Moose
Swing Vote1999TV MovieWill Dunn
Kansas City1996Seldom Seen
White Man's Burden1995Thaddeus Thomas
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV SeriesMagician
The Player1992Harry Belafonte
USA for Africa: We Are the World1985Video shortHarry Belafonte
Grambling's White Tiger1981TV MovieCoach Eddie Robinson
Uptown Saturday Night1974Geechie Dan Beauford
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1974TV Series
Buck and the Preacher1972Preacher
The Angel Levine1970Alexander Levine
Odds Against Tomorrow1959Johnny Ingram
The World, the Flesh and the Devil1959Ralph Burton
Island in the Sun1957David Boyeur
General Electric Theater1955TV SeriesVince
Front Row Center1955TV Series
Carmen Jones1954Joe
Bright Road1953Mr. Williams - School Principal


Parting the Waters2000TV Mini-Series executive producer
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends1997TV Movie executive producer
The Affair1995TV Movie executive producer
Harry Belafonte in Concert1985TV Special producer
Beat Street1984producer
Buck and the Preacher1972producer - uncredited
The Angel Levine1970producer - uncredited
ABC Stage 671967TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Strolling '20s1966TV Movie executive producer / producer
Odds Against Tomorrow1959co-producer - uncredited
The World, the Flesh and the Devil1959producer - uncredited


Beat Street1984

Music Department

Beat Street1984music producer


Nas: Time Is Illmatic2014Documentary thanks
Al midan2013Documentary special thanks
The Last White Knight2012Documentary thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist1998Documentary special thanks
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents
Listen to Me Marlon2015Documentary thanks


Scales of Injustice2012Documentary post-productionHimself
Lead Belly: Life, Legend, LegacyDocumentary post-productionHimself
Mr. SOUL!2018DocumentaryHimself
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2004-2017TV SeriesHimself
Democracy Now!2010-2017TV SeriesHimself
Ripple of Hope Awards2016VideoHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity2015DocumentaryHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights2014TV SpecialHimself
In Confidence2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee2014DocumentaryHimself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014DocumentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors2013TV SpecialHimself
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You2013DocumentaryHimself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Special documentaryHimself
The Last White Knight2012DocumentaryHimself
OnePeople: The Celebration2012DocumentaryHimself - Performer / Civil Rights Activist
Hava Nagila: The Movie2012DocumentaryHimself
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Menschen bei Maischberger2012TV SeriesHimself
DAS!2012TV SeriesHimself
Hamburg Journal2012TV SeriesHimself
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Independent Lens2012TV Series documentary
Under African Skies2012DocumentaryHimself
The MLK Streets Project2012Documentary shortCommentary
Rise Like Lions2011DocumentaryHimself
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom2011DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose1996-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
Zero Percent2011DocumentaryHimself
Cinema 32011TV SeriesHimself
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-19752011DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself
When I Rise2010DocumentaryHimself
American Renegade: Confessions of a Radical Humanist2009DocumentaryHimself
Larry King Live1993-2009TV SeriesHimself
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe2009DocumentaryHimself
Soundtrack for a Revolution2009DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Sidney Poitier, un outsider à Hollywood2008TV Movie documentary
King2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement2008DocumentaryHimself
American Masters1996-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
TV One on One2007TV SeriesHimself
Bobby: The Making of an American Epic2007Video documentary shortHimself
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself
History in Focus2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2006TV SeriesHimself
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Mo & Me2006DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Best Ever Muppet Moments2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's What I'm Talking About2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Voices Among Us2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Peace! DVD2005Video documentaryHimself
Live from Lincoln Center2005TV SeriesHimself
Once Upon a Time...2005TV MovieHimself
Sabine Christiansen2004TV SeriesHimself
Tanner on Tanner2004TV SeriesHimself
Ladders2004DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Vivement dimanche2004TV SeriesHimself
Calypso Dreams2004Video documentaryHimself
Conakry Kas2004DocumentaryHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Mein Leben2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Raymann is laat2003TV SeriesHimself
Gero von Boehm begegnet...2003TV Series documentaryHimself
XXI Century2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor & Singer
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait1998-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Nightclub Years2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Power of Peace2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
Petula Clark: This Is My Song2001TV SpecialHimself
The Mark Twain Prize: Whoopi Goldberg2001TV MovieHimself
An Evening with Harry Belafonte2000TV MovieHimself
The Hunger Heroes2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
2000 Essence Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist1998DocumentaryHimself
The Marian Anderson Award Honoring Harry Belafonte1998TV MovieHimself
Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Willemsens Woche1997TV SeriesHimself
The G.I. Bill: The Law That Changed America1997TV MovieHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
Great Performances1994-1997TV SeriesHimself - Narrator / Himself
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends1997TV MovieHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute1995TV Special
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream1995DocumentaryHimself
Ready to Wear1994Himself
Querida Concha1993TV SeriesHimself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself - Host
Sesame Street1982-1992TV SeriesHimself
The Film Society of Lincoln Center Annual Gala Tribute to Gregory Peck1992TV MovieHimself - Speaker
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia1990TV MovieHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1989TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The Unforgettable Nat 'King' Cole1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
We Shall Overcome1989DocumentaryNarrator
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1988TV SeriesHimself
Champs-Elysées1988TV SeriesHimself
Live! Dick Clark Presents1988TV SeriesHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1988TV SeriesHimself
Sábado noche1988TV SeriesHimself
Harry Belafonte - en samtale1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 13th Annual American Music Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Memories of Martin1986TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Harry Belafonte in Concert1985TV SpecialHimself - Host
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Der schönste Traum1984DocumentaryHimself
exclusiv1984TV Series documentaryHimself
Wetten, dass..?1984TV SeriesInterpret
New York, New York1981-1984TV SeriesHimself
Roots of Rhythm1984TV SeriesHimself - Host
Sag nein1983Documentary
Auf los geht's los1983TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983TV SeriesHimself
Parade of Stars1983TV MovieHimself
Drei Lieder1983Documentary shortHimself
A veces miro mi vida1982Himself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker1981DocumentaryHimself (voice)
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
Heut' abend1980TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
Numéro 11979TV SeriesHimself
The Muppet Show1979TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1978TV MovieHimself
America Salutes the Queen1977TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1974TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV MovieHimself
Flip1973TV SeriesHimself
RCA's Opening Night1973TV MovieHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1973TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself
The Julie Andrews Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
The New Bill Cosby Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1972TV Series documentaryHimself
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
Weiße Rosen aus Athen1971TV MovieHimself - Musician
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay
A World of Love1970TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Vocalist
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
Harry and Lena1970TV MovieHimself
An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte1969TV SpecialHimself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1968-1969TV SeriesHimself - Cameo / Himself
13 Stars for Channel 131968TV MovieHimself
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself
Petula1968TV SpecialHimself
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesHimself
The 21st Annual Tony Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Strolling '20s1966TV MovieHimself
What's My Line?1955-1966TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Panelist
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1959-1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Ed Sullivan Show1953-1964TV SeriesHimself / Singer
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Talent Scouts1962TV SeriesHimself
At This Very Moment1962TV SpecialHimself
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1961TV SeriesHimself
Belafonte, New York 191960TV MovieHimself - Singer
The Revlon Revue1959TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Heart of Show Business1957ShortHimself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Cavalcade of Stars1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Vocalist
Sugar Hill Times1949TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

A Football Life2016TV SeriesHimself
I Am Not Your Negro2016DocumentaryHimself
Austropop-Legenden2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Selma2014Himself (uncredited)
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Petula Clark Special
Democracy Now!2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Birth of the Living Dead2013DocumentaryHimself
Anyone for Demis? How the World Invaded the Charts2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mama Africa2011DocumentaryHimself
My Music: John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind2010TV MovieHimself
Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Free at Last2010DocumentaryHimself
Die Lugners2009TV SeriesHimself - Wiener Opernball, 1992
A Company of Players2008Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Les grands du rire2007TV SeriesHimself
Ein Leben wie im Flug2007TV MovieHimself
Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop2006TV Series documentaryHimself
USA the Movie2005VideoHimself
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism2004DocumentaryHimself
Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On2004TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mitomanía1998TV SeriesHimself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Speeches of Malcolm X1997Video documentaryHimself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 21992VideoHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 21991TV SpecialHimself
Beetlejuice1988The Balladeer (uncredited)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years1986TV MovieHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1986TV SeriesHimself
Black Hollywood1984TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHimself
Film Night1971TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1959TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself

Won Awards

2015Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardAcademy Awards, USA
2014CineCause ChangeMaker IconHollywood Film Festival
2011Berlinale CameraBerlin International Film Festival
2011Pioneer AwardBlack Film Critics Circle Awards

A renaissance artist who brought his unique talent to all areas of entertainment in a career that ... More

2006BET AwardBET AwardsHumanitarian Award
2006Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearBobby (2006)
2000Freedom in Film AwardNashville Film Festival
1999Lifetime Achievement AwardJamerican International Film Festival
1996NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorKansas City (1996)
1968Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn February 8, 1960. On 6721 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or SeriesThe Revlon Revue (1959)

Nominated Awards

2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleBobby (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureBobby (2006)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobby (2006)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular MusicHarry and Lena (1970)
1961Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or SeriesBelafonte, New York 19 (1960)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Male Singer
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Specialty Act - Single or Group

Known for movies

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