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Born: March 1, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1944:
Joined the Navy at age 17; discharged in 1945
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Stage debut with American Negro Theatre in "Juno and the Paycock"
1949:
TV debut as series regular on CBS black musical revue, "Sugar Hill Times"
1950:
Performed as nightclub singer at the Royal Roost and the Village Vanguard in NYC
1953:
Appeared on Broadway in "John Murray Anderson's Almanac"
1953:
Made film acting debut in a leading role in "Bright Road"
1955:
Returned to Broadway to star in "Three for Tonight", a musical review co-starring Marge and Gower Champion
1955:
Co-starred with Marge and Gower Champion on the CBS variety special, "Three for Tonight", adapted from their Broadway success
1955:
Released first record album, "Calypso"; according to some sources, was the first album in recording history to sell over a million copies
1959:
Formed Harbel Productions; first film as executive producer, "Odds Against Tomorrow", directed by Robert Wise; also starred in the film; last feature film role for 11 years
1959:
First performed live at Carnegie Hall in concert on April 19 and 20
1959:
First solo TV special, "Tonight With Belafonte"
1960:
Played a then-record-breaking 14 weeks at the Palace Theater in concert (date approximate)
1965:
TV producing debut, "The Strolling '20s"
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Formed another production company, Belafonte Enterprises
1969:
Off-Broadway stage producing debut, Lorraine Hansberry's "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black"
1969:
Began hosting TV specials again with "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte" and "Harry and Lena" (with Lena Horne)
1970:
Returned to feature acting in the title role of "The Angel Levine"
1981:
TV-movie acting debut, "Grambling's White Tiger"
1984:
Produced a second feature film, the musical "Beat Street"; also supplied additional music and served as music producer; son David also earned a credit for sound recording
1985:
First TV producing credit: executive producing the HBO concert special, "Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop the Carnival", in which he also starred
1985:
Helped bring together 45 performing artists to record the hit single, "We Are the World"; benefits from the song were used to help meet emergency food and health needs in Africa
1985:
Hosted the CBS documentary and music special, "We Are the World: A Year of Giving"
1987:
Co-produced the Broadway drama, "Asinamali!", about life in prison in South Africa
1990:
Hosted and narrated the three-part PBS documentary miniseries, "Routes of Rhythm with Harry Belafonte", a study of Afro-Cuban music
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Made cameo appearances as himself in two films directed by Robert Altman, "The Player" (1992) and "Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter"
1995:
Executive produced first TV-movie, "The Affair", presented on HBO
1995:
First significant feature film acting role in over 20 years, "White Man's Burden"
1996:
Co-starred in Altman's "Kansas City"

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