Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Iconic Actor and Singer Harry Belafonte Passes Away at 96

NOTE: This article is 1 month old and may not include the most recent information.

The entertainment world mourns the loss of legendary actor, singer, and activist Harry Belafonte, who passed away at the age of 96. Belafonte’s career spanned multiple genres and media, leaving a lasting impression on generations of fans and admirers.

Born in New York City, Belafonte rose to fame as one of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history. He is best known for his signature hit, “The Banana Boat Song,” with its unforgettable “Day-O” lyric, which was featured in the film Beetlejuice and its subsequent musical adaptation. Throughout his illustrious career, Belafonte performed and recorded a wide range of genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards.

On stage, Belafonte’s talent shone brightly, earning him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his appearance in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. His additional theatre credits include 3 For Tonight, Moonbirds, Belafonte at the Palace, and Asinamali!

Belafonte also made a mark on the silver screen, starring in films such as Otto Preminger’s hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Throughout his career, Belafonte’s talent and dedication were widely recognized. He received numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. Furthermore, he was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards in 2014.

In addition to his artistic achievements, Belafonte was an ardent advocate for political and human rights causes. He became an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s, and his commitment to social justice will continue to inspire future generations.

As we remember Harry Belafonte today, we celebrate a life full of passion, talent, and a dedication to making the world a better place. His presence in the world of entertainment and activism will be sorely missed.

Written By

I've been covering the entertainment industry, from tv to movies to music, independently under the Trevor Decker News banner since 2015.



This year’s Adjacent Music Festival in New Jersey resonated with more than just melodies. Hayley Williams, the charismatic lead vocalist of rock band Paramore,...


In today’s age, music does more than just entertain—it offers a platform for impactful socio-political discourse. A prime example is New Jersey’s own Ryan...


In a recent act of solidarity, ‘Young Sheldon’ star Raegan Revord, along with the other members from the cast, expressed support for the striking...


The enchantment of a musical performance on screen often originates from countless hours of strenuous work, creativity, and collaboration. A captivating example of this...


In the ongoing battle for streaming supremacy, a recent Twitter exchange between Prime Video and Netflix has caught the attention of millions. Prime Video,...


Paramount+’s series ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ has been a major hit with audiences around the globe. A key part of its popularity...


The streaming landscape is ever-changing, and in the latest major shift, HBO Max is saying goodbye to make way for the newcomer, Max! But...


In a recent promotional video for titled “Perfect 10 with Christina Ricci,” the celebrated actress journeys through her most memorable hotel stays, even...


The new live-action Little Mermaid has made some changes to the lyrics of the iconic song “Kiss the Girl.” In the original animated film,...


The trailer for the highly anticipated movie musical ‘The Color Purple’ was released earlier today, creating ripples of excitement among musical lovers and moviegoers...


You cannot copy content of this page