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Shari Belafonte ACTOR


Shari Belafonte was born on September 22nd, 1954 in New York City, New York.  Her father was actor and singer, Harry Belafonte and her mother, Marguerite worked as a psychologist.  After completing high school, she went on to study at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and then transferred to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she earned a BA in drama in 1977. 

Her career in entertainment first began working as a model and working on a number of commercials, most popular being for, Calvin Klein Jeans.  By 1982 she broke into the film industry with her film debut on, “Time Walker” and “If You Could See What I Hear” (both 1982).   
Belafonte then took a brief break from acting to gain some experience on the east coast as a production assistant and assistant director in public television.  She then moved to Hollywood and continued to work as a model, appear in commercials and gained more experience as personal assistant to the publicist for Hanna-Barbera Productions.
Soon she also began appearing on such television series as, “Hotel” (1983), “The Love Boat” (1984) and the films, “Speed Zone”, “The Midnight Hour” and “Fire, Ice and "Dynamite”.  She was most well known for her theatrical talent and beauty that she possessed.    
Her stage debut was actually in a production of, “Tamara” in Los Angeles, California.  Another role she became very well known for was for the two year run on the series, “Beyond Reality” where she portrayed Dr. Laura Wingate.
Along with her credits as a television and film actress she also started a music career with Metronome Records and a number of her records were released over in Europe.  She has also been involved in a variety of voice over projects for, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, “Hey Arnold!” and “The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest”. 

She is involved in a number of charitable causes for animal, environmental and children’s rights.  She is a spokesperson for Starlight Children’s Foundation as well as in the past been a spokesperson for Bally’s International Health and Fitness, Slim Fast and Diet System 6.

Throughout her lifetime she has married twice.  Her first husband was Robert Harper whom she wed in 1977 and divorced in 1988.  She then married Sam Behrens on December 31st, 1989 and they remain together today.

In the year 2000, she posed nude for Playboy magazine and continues to work as an actress in the industry today.  Some of her more recent appearances have been as a host on a travel program called "Travels In Mexico And The Caribbean, With Shari Belafonte" on NYCTV, “Nip/Tuck” and in 2010 she appeared in the film, “Miami Medical”.


2010  Miami Medical
2008  Nip/Tuck
2001  The District 
2001  Loving Evangeline 
1998  Babylon 5: Thirdspace 
1996-1997 Hey Arnold!
1997  Mars
1997  The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 
1995  The Heidi Chronicles 
1994  Sonic the Hedgehog
1994  French Silk 
1991-1993 Beyond Reality 
1990  Gravedale High
1990  Fire, Ice & Dynamite
1990  Murder by Numbers
1989  Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin 
1989  The Women of Brewster Place
1983-1988 Hotel 
1988  Speed Zone! 
1986  Kate's Secret 
1985  The Midnight Hour
1985  Matt Houston
1984  Overnight Sensation
1984  Velvet
1984  The Love Boat
1983  Hotel
1982  Time Walker 
1982  Diff'rent Strokes
1982  Trapper John, M.D.
1982  If You Could See What I Hear
1981  Hart to Hart 
1981  The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 
1981  ABC Weekend Specials

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