- Born March 1 in Harlem, New York, the son of Melvine (née Love), a domestic worker, and Harold George Belafonete, Sr., a chef and native of the island Martinique. From 1935 to 1939, he lived with his grandmother in the village of Aboukir in her native country of Jamaica
- He is a musician, actor and social activist.
- He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style in the 1950s. The "Banana Boat Song" is one of his best known work, with its signature lyric "Day-O".
- Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes.
- At the end of the 1940s, he took classes in acting alongside Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, and Sidney Poitier, while performing with the American Negro Theatre.
- He subsequently received a Tony Award for his participation in the Broadway revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac.
- Belafonte and Marguerite Byrd were married from 1948 to 1957. They have two daughters, Adrienne and Shari.
Friday, February 29, 2008
FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20: Pisces of the Day
7 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BORN PISCES, HARRY BELAFONTE: