Zakes Mokae (1934–2009)

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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 5, 1934, actor Zakes Mokae was initially a jazz saxophonist. Moving to England in 1961, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became one of the most distinguished thespians in South Africa for over two decades. Mokae was one of the few actors capable of crossing the divided racial sections... See full bio »

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Waterworld Priam
The Serpent and the Rainbow Dargent Peytraud
Outbreak Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
The X-Files Diabria


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 2002 Monk (TV Series)
- Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man (2002) ... Tonday
 2000 The West Wing (TV Series)
President Nimbala
- In This White House (2000) ... President Nimbala
 1998 Oz (TV Series)
Kipekemie Jara
- Escape from Oz (1998) ... Kipekemie Jara
- Animal Farm (1998) ... Kipekemie Jara
 1998 Krippendorf's Tribe
 1997 Waterworld (Video Game)
 1996 The X-Files (TV Series)
- Teliko (1996) ... Diabria
 1995 Vampire in Brooklyn
Dr. Zeko
 1995 Waterworld
 1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Mr. Bakoosa
- The Valiant Little Tailor (1995) ... Mr. Bakoosa (voice)
 1995 Outbreak
Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
 1994 Dream On (TV Series)
U.N. Dignitary
- The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Part II (1994) ... U.N. Dignitary
- The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Part I (1994) ... U.N. Dignitary
 1994 Law & Order (TV Series)
Edgar Barkley
- Wager (1994) ... Edgar Barkley
 1994 Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story (TV Movie)
 1993 Percy & Thunder (TV Movie)
Pee Wee
 1993 Slaughter of the Innocents
Library Janitor
 1992 Dust Devil
Ben Mukurob
 1991 The Doctor
Dr. Charles Reed (uncredited)
 1991 Body Parts
Detective Sawchuck
 1991 A Rage in Harlem
Big Kathy
 1990 Parker Kane (TV Movie)
Kid Lightning
 1989 Dad
Dr. Chad
 1989 Gross Anatomy
Dr. Banumbra
 1989 A Dry White Season
 1989 Valerie (TV Series)
Thomas Mambukwe
- Strangers on a Train (1989) ... Thomas Mambukwe
 1988 A Different World (TV Series)
Marcus Mpepo
- Dr. Cupid (1988) ... Marcus Mpepo
 1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow
Dargent Peytraud
 1987 Cry Freedom
Father Kani
 1985 'Master Harold'... and the Boys (TV Movie)
 1983 A Caribbean Mystery (TV Movie)
Captain Daventry
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Tsombe Kuna
- Goliath: Part 2 (1983) ... Tsombe Kuna
- Goliath: Part 1 (1983) ... Tsombe Kuna
 1981 Roar
Committee Member (as Zakes Moakae)
 1980 The Island
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
African Minister
- Part VII (1960-1967) (1979) ... African Minister
 1978 One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (TV Movie)
Pee Wee Spencer
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Lord Harry
- Murder at Sea Part 2 (1976) ... Lord Harry
- Murder at Sea (1976) ... Lord Harry
 1976 The River Niger
 1970 The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Mugger (uncredited)
 1970 Fragment of Fear (uncredited)
 1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Gavin Lesotho
- Ancient and Modern (1969) ... Gavin Lesotho
 1969 Plays of Today (TV Series)
- Beyond the Sunrise (1969) ... Nguru
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
John Smith
- Hazel and Her New Gas Cooker (1969) ... John Smith
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Okpara
- Where Have They Gone, All the Little Children (1969) ... Colonel Okpara
 1968 The Old Campaigner (TV Series)
Police Lieutenant
- White Man's Tomb (1968) ... Police Lieutenant
 1968 Mogul (TV Series)
Joshua Macey
- The Day the Sea Caught Fire (1968) ... Joshua Macey
 1968 Honey Lane (TV Series)
Prince Ahmed
- Some of My Best Friends Are... (1968) ... Prince Ahmed
 1967 The Comedians
 1966 Jemima and Johnny (Short)
Blind Man
 1965 Darling
Black Man at French Party (uncredited)
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
- Seek Her Out (1965) ... Shale
 1964 Crane (TV Series)
- The Man with the Big Feet (1964) ... Achmet
 1964 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Personal Assistant
- The Galloping Major (1964) ... Personal Assistant
 1964 Story Parade (TV Series)
- A Dragon to Kill (1964) ... Nathaniel
 1963 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- The Blood Knot (1963)
 1962/II Dilemma
Steven Sitole
 1961 Tremor
 1957 Donker Afrika
Sergeant (as Zachariah Nokae)
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If you're a black man in South Africa and you've never been in prison, there's something wrong with you.


Twice played a character who makes a statement to which the other character's response is, "I like that": Dad (1989) then later in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man (2002). See more »

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