He was a close friend and collaborator of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Belafonte's iconic album "Calypso" featured the hit song "Day-O

He has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1987 and has been recognized for his humanitarian work.

Belafonte has also had a successful acting career, appearing in films and television shows.

He is the author of several books, including his autobiography "My Song."

Belafonte served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1989.

Belafonte has four children from his three marriages.

His parents were immigrants who worked as a chef and a cleaner.

He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.