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Harry Belafonte

(singer/actor, born March 1, 1927, New York, New York) --> An actor, humanitarian, and the acknowledged "King of Calypso," Harry Belafonte is one of the most successful African American pop stars in history. As an entertainer and producer, he brought Jamaica's calypso beat to mainstream audiences, and then used his fame to fight against racial and social equality. Born March 1, 1927 in New York, Belafonte is the son of Caribbean-born immigrants, and, growing up, he split his time between Harlem and Jamaica. He enlisted in the United States Navy, and after his discharge, he resettled in New York City to forge a career as an actor. He performed with the American Negro Theater while studying drama at Erwin Piscator's famed Dramatic Workshop, alongside the likes of Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, and Walter Matthau.