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John Kani

John Kani was born on November 30, 1942 in New Brighton, South Africa as Bonsile John Kani. He is an actor and writer, known for Black Panther (2018), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). See full bio »

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Black Panther
Black Panther T'Chaka
Captain America: Civil War


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 2019 The Lion King (filming)
Rafiki (voice)
  I Am Khama (announced)
Chief Batwen (voice)
 2018 Black Panther
 2016/II The Suit (Short)
Mr. Maphikela
 2016 Captain America: Civil War
King T'Chaka
 2015 Wallander (TV Series)
Max Khulu
- The White Lioness (2015) ... Max Khulu
 2012 Jail Caesar
 2012 iNkaba (TV Series)
Mkhuseli Mthetho
 2011 How to Steal 2 Million
Julius Twala Snr.
 2011 Janapriyan
 2011 Coriolanus
General Cominius
 2010 White Lion
Old Gisani
 2009/I Endgame
Oliver Tambo
 2008 Silent Witness (TV Series)
Dr. Phiri
- Finding Rachel: Part 2 (2008) ... Dr. Phiri
- Finding Rachel: Part 1 (2008) ... Dr. Phiri (uncredited)
 2008/II Nothing But the Truth
 2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV Series)
Daddy Bapetsi
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008) ... Daddy Bapetsi
 2007 The Bird Can't Fly
 2006 Hillside (TV Series)
Dr. Vincent Maloka
 2001 Final Solution
Rev. Peter Lekota
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
 1997 Kap der Rache (TV Movie)
Inspektor Khumalo
 1997 Kini & Adams
 1995 Soweto Green: This Is a 'Tree' Story
Dr. Curtis Tshabalala
 1992 Sarafina!
School Principal
 1989 Othello (TV Movie)
 1989 A Dry White Season
 1989 Options
Jonas Mabote
 1987 An African Dream
 1987 Saturday Night at the Palace
 1986 Miss Julie (TV Movie)
 1985 'Master Harold'... and the Boys (TV Movie)
 1981 Killing Heat
 1980 Marigolds in August
 1978 Play for Today (TV Series)
George O'Brien
- Victims of Apartheid (1978) ... George O'Brien
 1978 The Wild Geese
Sgt. Jesse Link
 1974 2nd House (TV Series)
- Athol Fugard (1974)
 1974 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Styles / Buntu
- Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (1974) ... Styles / Buntu
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(January 25 to February 12, 1978) Athol Fugard, Winston Ntshona and his play, "Sizwe Bansi is Dead," was performed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Mainstage) in Louisville, Kentucky with Joe Morton (Styles, Buntu) and Robert Jackson (Sizwe Bansi) in the cast. Joe Morton was also director. See more »

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He and Winston Ntshona were awarded the 1975 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actor for "Sizwe Banzi is Dead & the Island," on Broadway in New York City. See more »

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