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Zakes Mokae

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Zakes Makgona Mokae 5 August 1934 – 11 September 2009 was a South African-born American actor


  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Selected filmography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Life and career

Mokae was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, moved to Great Britain in 1961, and to the United States in 1969 He turned to acting at the same time as playwright Athol Fugard was emerging The two worked together on Fugard's first international success, The Blood Knot, from 1961, a two-hander set in South Africa about brothers with the same mother but different fathers; Zach played by Mokae is dark skinned and Morris played by Fugard is fair skinned Later Mokae worked with Fugard on another major international success "Master Harold"and the Boys, for which Mokae won the 1982 Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Play The play was filmed for television in 1985 with Mokae and Matthew Broderick In 1993 Mokae was nominated for a second Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Play for The Song of Jacob Zulu by Tug Yourgrau

His early film roles included Darling 1965 as a guest at a wild party, and The Comedians 1967 starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor His major films are split between anti-apartheid films such as Cry Freedom 1987 and A Dry White Season 1989, and cult horror films such as The Island 1980, Dust Devil 1993, The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 and Vampire In Brooklyn 1995, the latter two directed by horror icon Wes Craven He also appeared in character roles in many other films including Gross Anatomy 1989, Dad 1989, A Rage in Harlem 1991, Outbreak 1995 and the Kevin Costner film Waterworld 1995 On television, he has been a guest actor in many series such as The West Wing, Starsky and Hutch, Danger Man, The X-Files, Oz, Monk,A Different World and Knight Rider

In 1975, American writer-filmmaker, Eon Chontay Cjohnathan gave birth to Zakes Mokae's only child: Santlo after Mokae's mother Chontay Mokae

In later years, Mokae worked as a theatre director for American companies including the Nevada Shakespeare Company Mokae died from complications of a stroke on 11 September 2009 in Las Vegas Mokae had been ill for some time

Selected filmography

  • Donker Afrika 1957 - Sergeant
  • Tremor 1961
  • Dilemma 1962 - Steven Sitole
  • Darling 1965 - Black Man at French Party uncredited
  • The Comedians 1967 - Michel
  • Fragment of Fear 1970
  • The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 - Mugger uncredited
  • The River Niger 1976
  • The Island 1980 - Wescott
  • Roar 1981 - Committee Member
  • Cry Freedom 1987 - Father Kani
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 - Dargent Peytraud
  • A Dry White Season 1989 - Stanley Makhaya
  • Gross Anatomy 1989 - Dr Banumbra
  • Dad 1989 - Dr Chad
  • A Rage in Harlem 1991 - Big Kathy
  • Body Parts 1991 - Detective Sawchuck
  • The Doctor 1991 - Dr Charles Reed uncredited
  • Dust Devil 1992 - Ben Mukurob
  • Slaughter of the Innocents 1993 - Library Janitor
  • Outbreak 1995 - Dr Benjamin Iwabi
  • Waterworld 1995 - Priam
  • Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 - Dr Zeko
  • Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 - Sulukim


  1. ^ a b Bruce Weber, "Zakes Mokae, Tony-Winning Actor, Is Dead at 75", The New York Times, 15 September 2009
  2. ^ "Zakes Mokae Biography" filmreference 2008 Retrieved 2008-05-19 
  3. ^ http://wwwiolcoza/indexphpset_id=1&click_id=3015&art_id=nw20090913190720791C582665

External links

  • Zakes Mokae at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Zakes Mokae at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  • Zakes Mokae on IMDb
  • Tony Awards

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