Who Are the Late Harry Belafonte's Four Children? Details on the Singer's Kids

Katherine Stinson - Author

Apr. 25 2023, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

Harry Belafonte and daughter Shari Belafonte (r) during AFI Fest 2006 Black Tie Opening Night Gala and US Premiere of Emilio Estevez's "Bobby" - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA, United States.
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Harry in 2006 with two of his daughters, Gina and Shari

Legendary singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte passed away on April 25, 2023, at the age of 96, leaving behind an incredible legacy of activism and artistry in his wake.

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When he wasn't recording Grammy-winning albums or bailing Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail during the Birmingham campaign, Harry also became a family man.

So who are Harry's four children? Here's what to know.

(L-R) Shari Belafonte and her dad, Harry Belafonte, attend an awards ceremony in LA in 1987
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Harry and one of his daughters, Shari, in 1987

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Who are Harry Belafonte's children?

Harry, who was married three times, left four children behind.

He shared two daughters named Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer and Shari Belafonte with first wife Marguerite Byrd. Harry then went on to welcome son David Belafonte and daughter Gina Belafonte with second wife Julie Robinson.

The singer also had two step-children, Sarah Frank and Lindsey Frank, with third wife Pamela Frank.

isters Shari and Adrienne Belafonte attend a tribute to director Norman Jewison at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on April 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The event was presented by the Canadian Film Centre and Film Independent.
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Shari and Adrienne in 2009

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Although Adrienne chose a life away from the spotlight, she inherited her father's gift for humanitarianism, and currently serves as the executive director of the Anir Foundation.

Shari, on the other hand, chose to pursue acting as a career — she's appeared on multiple television programs like Sistas, Station 19, The Morning Show, General Hospital, and many more.

John Kennedy, Susanna Shafmeister, Marcia Ciriello, David Belafonte, and Malena Belafonte attend the Gotham Magazine Celebration of The 2009 Eres Swimwear and Lingerie Collection at SICIS - The Art Factory on October 29, 2008 in New York City

David and wife Malena are pictured far right in 2008, along with John Kennedy, Susanna Shafmeister, and Marcia Ciriello

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Harry's only son, David, went on to become a well-known music producer, and in a full-circle Belafonte family moment, David ended up producing tracks for his famous father.

According to David's Linkedin page, he was also the vice president and executive director of Belafonte Enterprises for two decades, in addition to being a Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated music producer.

Gina Belafonte attends the celebration of Harry Belafonte's 95th Birthday with Social Justice Benefit at The Town Hall on March 01, 2022 in New York City
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Gina in 2022 at the celebration of Harry Belafonte's 95th Birthday with Social Justice Benefit at the Town Hall in NYC

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As for Gina, she also chose to pursue acting as a profession, appearing in television and movie roles since the 1980s.

Per Gina's IMDb, her largest acting role was that of Carmela in the TV series The Commish. She also played Gina B in the film BlacKkKlansman, in addition to multiple other acting roles and several producing credits.

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Gina wrote on Instagram after her father's passing:

"What a human!! 1927-2023 There are so many things! You are my guiding light and will forever be a source of strength and wisdom. You taught me so much about life what to do and what not to do. You were a complicated father who lived one of the fullest lives in human history. I’m so grateful and lucky to have been and be so close to you."

"To know how much you loved me and were proud of my path," she went on. "You always told me to never forget how much you love me and i am grateful you knew how much I loved hearing it. You could be harsh and terrifying, you could be strong and strategic. But when you pulled me in, close to your heart the embrace was ever lasting. You lived with purpose and we are all better for your contributions."

She continued: "It surreal to speak of you this way or make a statement without reading it to you first! Ha! Love you Dad and so much more… you have joined the ancestors along side so many you have longed to see again! I know there are many at your table! Enjoy what comes next as I’m sure you’re creating it for those next to follow…"

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