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N!xau (1944–2003)

N!xau, a San from the Kalahari Desert, was discovered by director Jamie Uys and cast in the lead role in the 1980 movie The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980). He received only a few hundred dollars for his work in that film, but was astute enough to negotiate for over half a million for his appearance in the sequel, The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989). He ... See full bio »


(age 58) in Tsumkwe, Namibia

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 2004 Journey to Nyae Nyae (Video documentary short)
Himself (as G/qa'o /'Hana)
 1996 Sekai ururun taizaiki (TV Series)
 1993 In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (Documentary)
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 2004 Buster Reynolds Remembers Jamie Uys (Video documentary short)

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G/qa'o /'Hana | Gaco C'oma | G!kau | Gcau | Nixau

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When he was discovered by Jamie Uys, the South African director of the film The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), he had only had minimal exposure to modern life. He had only seen three white people in his life before being cast and had never seen a settlement larger than the houses of the San people. See more »

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