Famous faces that you did not know have Caribbean roots

June 30 marks the end of Caribbean-Heritage Month. We look at Americans with strong West Indian ties.

sydneySidney Poitier — Born in Miami to Bahamian parents, this legendary actor grew up on Cat Island in The Bahamas. He won an Academy Award in 1964 for Lillies Of The Field and gave outstanding performances in In The Heat Of The Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

 

 

esther rolleEsther Rolle — Best known for playing Florida Evans in the television comedies Maude and Good Times. She was born to Bahamian parents in Pompano Beach. Rolle died in 1998 and is buried in her hometown.

 

 

Attn. General Holder Testifies At Senate Judiciary Hearing On Justice Dept OversightEric Holder — First black Attorney General of the United States. His father was born in Barbados; mother born in New Jersey to Barbadian parents.

 

 

 

madgeMadge Sinclair — Born in Jamaica, Sinclair had breakthrough roles in Roots, Cornbread, Earl and Me, Coming to America and Trapper John MD. She died in 1995.

 

 

 

cicely-tyson-9512950-1-402Cicely Tyson — Stalwart actress of theater, film and television. She was born in Harlem, New York to parents from the island of Nevis.

 

 

 

 

 

harry-belafonteHarry Belafonte — New York-born actor-singer. He had a Jamaican mother and father from Martinique. Belafonte spent some of his youth in Jamaica where he developed an appreciation for island culture which later manifested in the classic 1956 album, Calypso.

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