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Ken Gampu (1929–2003)

Ken Gampu was one of the first black South Africans to be featured in Hollywood films, working alongside such stars as Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster. A former schoolteacher, law clerk and interpreter, he spoke seven native dialects in addition to English and Afrikaans. Discovered by playwright Athol Fugard, he was cast in the play "No Good... See full bio »

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Known For

The Gods Must Be Crazy
(1980)
King Solomon's Mines
(1985)
The Naked Prey
The Naked Prey Leader of the warriors
(1965)

Filmography

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 2001 Askari
Ndhlovu
 2001 Malunde
Baba Gusha
 1999 A Reasonable Man
Headman
 1997 Pride of Africa (TV Movie)
Mampuru
 1997 Black Velvet Band (TV Movie)
Witch doctor
 1997 Fools
Elder 1
 1996 La ferme du crocodile (TV Movie)
Le griot
 1996 Rhodes (TV Mini-Series)
Mshete
- Upsetting the Apple Cart (1996) ... Mshete
- Land, Gold and Loot (1996) ... Mshete
- The Price of My Blood (1996) ... Mshete
- The Place of the Killing (1996) ... Mshete
 1996 Le complot d'Aristote
Policeman
 1995 Cycle Simenon (TV Series)
Serviteur
- Le crime de monsieur Stil (1995) ... Serviteur
 1995 Hearts & Minds
Chopper-Xuza
 1994 Cyborg Cop II
Police Chief
 1994 The Air Up There
Itumbo
 1992 Lethal Ninja
Ndumo
 1990 Kwagga Strikes Back
Tjicombo
 1990/II Fatal Mission
President Tembu
 1990 Voice in the Dark
Caxton
 1989 Laser Mission
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1989 Enemy Unseen
Malanga
 1989 Brutal Glory (Video)
Chief
 1989 Killer Instinct
President Mbule
 1988 Bush Shrink
Gapu
 1988 The Emissary
Beamish
 1988 Quiet Thunder (Video)
President Zalabok
 1988 Act of Piracy
Herb Bunting
 1988 Diamonds High
Zwide
 1987 Operation Hit Squad
Ken
 1987 Scavengers
Dr. Nduma
 1987 City of Blood
Black Leader
 1987 John Ross: An African Adventure (TV Series)
Jacob
 1986 Jake Speed
Joe Smith
 1985 Van der Merwe P.I.
Wiley
 1985 Morenga
Morenga
 1983 The Riverman (TV Mini-Series)
Chief Kuyu Matonga (1983)
 1982 Tuxedo Warrior
Inspector Nderi
 1982 Claws
Moses
 1982 Bullet on the Run
Joe Bullet
 1982 Shamwari
Khumalo
 1981 Kill and Kill Again
Gorilla
 1980 Flashpoint Africa
Matari (Eddie Nkoya)
 1979 Game for Vultures
Sixpence
 1978 The Wild Geese
Alexander
 1978 Slavers
Musulna
 1977 Mister Deathman
Sue
 1977 Les diamants du président (TV Mini-Series)
Mamba
 1977 Target of an Assassin
Minister Manga
 1976 Death of a Snowman
Steve Chaka
 1974 La diosa virgen
Gampu
 1974 Pens en Pootjies
Diamond seller
 1973 Joe Bullet
Joe Bullet
 1972 Rogue Lion
Mashoda
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Kamba
- The Value of a King (1967) ... Kamba
 1967 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Mulanda
- The Time of the Predator (1967) ... Mulanda
 1966 All the Way to Paris
Sudanese Delegate at Conference (uncredited)
 1965 The Naked Prey
Leader of the warriors
 1964 Dingaka
Ntuku Makwena
 1961 The Hellions
Kaana (uncredited)
 1961 Tremor
 1959 The Fox Has Four Eyes (Short)
Father
 1958 The Condemned Are Happy (Short)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"For the first time the black man was on an equal footing with the white man, and you know - the heavens didn't fall" - on his role in a 1975 production of 'Of Mice and Men'. See more »

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Became a member of the Screen Actors Guild in 1970. See more »

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Virgo

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