Singer and activist known as the King of Calypso. He popularized the calypso genre and famously sang "The Banana Boat Song."
He joined the Navy during World War II. After he was discharged, he worked as a janitor in New York City. His boss gave him tickets to the American Negro Theatre, which got him interested in performance.
He appeared in the film White Man's Burden with
He was a vocal critic of President George W. Bush.