Gina Belafonte

Belafonte in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Gina Deborah Belafonte

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 8, 1961

*62.5% Jewish [Ashkenazi, some Sephardi]
*25% African-Jamaican
*12.5% Irish and Scottish

Gina Belafonte is an American actress and producer.

She is the daughter of dancer Julie Robinson and singer and actor Harry Belafonte. Gina’s father was of one half African-Jamaican, one quarter Dutch Jewish, and one quarter Irish-Scottish, ancestry. Gina’s mother was Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent. Her half-sister is actress and model Shari Belafonte. Gina is married to actor Scott McCray, with whom she has one child.

Gina’s paternal grandfather was named Harold George Belanfanti/Bellanfanti (the son of Isaac Belafanti/Belanfanti/Bellanfanti and Dorothy). Harold was born in Jamaica, the son of a Dutch Jewish father and a black Jamaican mother.

Gina’s paternal grandmother was Melvine Clarasteen Love (the daughter of William Alexander Love and Sarah Jane Clarke/Clark). Melvine was born in Alexandria, Saint Ann, Jamaica. William was a black Jamaican, and was the son of Angus Love and Rachel Cross. Sarah had Irish and Scottish ancestry, and was the daughter of Henry Clarke and Alice “Elsie” Allen.

Gina’s maternal grandfather was named George Robinson (the son of Alexander Robinson and Sonia). George was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Alexander was the son of Leonid Seluba and Amelia. Sonia was the daughter of parents named Sasha and Sophia.

Gina’s maternal grandmother was named Clara Morrill/Morill (the daughter of Nathan Morell and Pauline). Clara was born in Rhode Island, to Russian Jewish parents. Nathan was the son of Dov-Berr Morell and Crainda. Pauline was the daughter of parents named Abraham and Rebecca.

Sources: Genealogy of Gina Belafonte –

Information about the family of Gina’s paternal grandmother, Melvine Clarasteen Love –

Gina’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. madman says:

    She is the son of… —> She is the daughter of…

  2. passingtime85 says:


    Gotta fix this typo: “She is the ‘son’ of actress and costume designer…”

    Plus, where are the references of her mother Julie’s Jewish heritage?

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