Here is a look at the life of Harry Belafonte, civil rights activist. and award winning singer and actor.
Personal: Birth date: March 1, 1927
Birthplace: New York, New York
Birth name: Harold George Belafonte Jr.
Father: Harold George
Mother: Melvine (Love) Belafonte
Marriages: Pamela (Frank) Belafonte (April 2008-present); Julie Robinson (March 8, 1957-unavailable publicly, divorced); Marguerite Byrd (June 18, 1948-February 28, 1957, divorced)
Children: with Julie Robinson: Gina Belafonte (September 8, 1961); David Belafonte (September 30, 1957); with Marguerite Byrd: Shari Belafonte (September 22, 1954); Adrienne Belafonte (1949)
Military service: U.S. Navy, 1943-1945
Other Facts: Won three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award and a Tony Award.
His most famous recording is "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" from 1957.
His father was from Martinique and his mother was from Jamaica.
Attended classes at the Dramatic Workshop with Marlon Brando and Bea Arthur.
First artist to sell a million copies of an album - "Calypso" in 1956.
Timeline: 1946 - Has the lead role in "Days of Our Youth" at Harlem's American Negro Theater. His understudy is Sidney Poitier.
April 17, 1953 - His first feature film, "Bright Road," is released.
1954 - Wins a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor - Musical for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac."
1960 - Emmy winner for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program - "Revlon Revue," the first African-American to win an Emmy.
1960 - Grammy winner for Best Performance - Folk for "Swing Dat Hammer."
1961 - Grammy winner for Best Folk Recording for "Belafonte Folk Singers At Home And Abroad."
1965 - Grammy winner Best Folk Recording for "An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba," shared with Miriam Makeba.
1987-present - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
1989 - Receives the Kennedy Center Honors along with Claudette Colbert, Mary Martin, Alexandra Danilova, and William Schuman.
1994 - Receives the National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts.
1996-1997 - Is successfully treated for prostate cancer.