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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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 2001 Askari
Ndhlovu
 2001 Malunde
 1999 A Reasonable Man
Headman
 1997 Pride of Africa (TV Movie)
Mampuru
 1997 Black Velvet Band (TV Movie)
Witch doctor
 1997 Fools
The Elder
 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 Le crime de monsieur Stil (TV Movie)
Serviteur
 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 Act of Piracy
Herb Bunting
 1990 Killer Instinct
President Mbule
 1989 Laser Mission
Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
 1989 Enemy Unseen
Malanga
 1989 Brutal Glory (Video)
Chief
 1989 The Emissary
Beamish
 1988 Quiet Thunder (Video)
President Zalabok
 1987 Scavengers
Dr. Nduma
 1986 Jake Speed
Joe Smith
 1986 Bullet on the Run
Joe Bullet
 1985 Morenga
Morenga
 1984 Flashpoint Africa
Head of Guerrilla Forces
 1983 City of Blood
Black Leader
 1983 The Riverman (TV Mini-Series)
Chief Kuyu Matonga (1983)
 1982 Tuxedo Warrior
Inspector Nderi
 1982 Claws
Moses
 1981 Kill and Kill Again
Gorilla
 1980 Shamwari
Khumalo
 1979 Game for Vultures
Sixpence
 1979 King Solomon's Treasure
Umslopogaas
 1979 Zulu Dawn
Mantshonga
 1978 The Wild Geese
Alexander
 1978 Slavers
Musulna
 1977 Les diamants du président (TV Mini-Series)
Mamba
 1977 Target of an Assassin
Manga
 1976 Death of a Snowman
Steve Chaka
 1974 La diosa virgen
Gampu
 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
 1965 The Naked Prey
Leader of the warriors
 1964 Dingaka
Ntuku Makwena

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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 »

Trivia:

Was involved in many theatre musicals by Bertha Egnos, including "Dingaka" and "Ipi Tombi," the most successful musical ever staged in South Africa. He was also featured in the jazz opera "King Kong." See more »

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Virgo

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