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Harry Belafonte

“I was good as a singer, but I wasn't the best, and I'd known that from the start. I had to rely on my acting. And in the end I could make a case that I was the greatest actor in the world: I'd convinced everyone I could sing.”

 

Biography

Actor, composer, author, producer and singer, educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in night clubs and theatres, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” and “Three for Tonight”. He owns his own music publishing firm and film production company. He won a Tony award in 1953, a Donaldson award in 1953-1954, a Show Business award in 1954, a Diners’ Club award in 1955-1956, and an Emmy award for “Tonight With Belafonte”. He has made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1960, his popular-music compositions include “Turn Around”, “Shake That Little Foot”, and “Glory Manger”. —IMDb 

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