One of South Africa's most famous black actors, Mokae's quiet strength, charm and resilient good humor have animated the searing theatrical productions ("The Blood Knot", "Boesman and Lena") of his wh...
The South African star, who was best known for his work with playwright Athol Fugard in apartheid dramas including The Blood Knot, passed away at his home on Friday (11Sep09) after suffering from a stroke in May (09).
Mokae won a Tony Award in 1982 for his portrayal of a servant and surrogate father for a white man in Master Harold, and appeared in television series The X Files and Oz, as well as movies The Comedians and Darling.
He also appeared on stage in The Blood Knot in 1961 - the first time a white man and a black man had performed together in a South Africa.
Mokae received a Tony nomination in 1993 for his part in Broadway production The Song of Jacob Zulu.
The star had been suffering from Parkinson's disease in recent years and had returned to the U.S. to receive treatment after initially retiring to South Africa.
He is survived by his wife, Madelyn, a daughter, Santlo Chontay Mokae, and three grandchildren.
With playwright Athol Fugard formed small drama group The Rehearsal Room in the 1950s
Reprised stage role in Showtime adaptation of "'Master Harold' .,, and the boys"
Performed on London stage in such plays as "Boesman and Lena," "Othello," "Brother Jero," and "The Tempest"
Starred on Broadway in "'Master Harold...and the boys'" (1982) and "Fingernails Blue As Flowers"; directed plays "Angel Feathers on the Roof," and "I'm a Come Home Child"
First TV-movie role in "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story"
Moved to America; off-Broadway stage debut, "Boesman and Lena" (at the Circle Repertory Theater)
Moved to London with production, "The Blood Knot"
One of South Africa's most famous black actors, Mokae's quiet strength, charm and resilient good humor have animated the searing theatrical productions ("The Blood Knot", "Boesman and Lena") of his white countryman, Athol Fugard with whom he founded the radical theater group, the Rehearsal Room in the 1950s. Since he left South Africa and settled in the USA in 1969, Mokae has turned in powerful supporting roles in films including "Cry Freedom" (1987) and "A Dry White Season" (1989). He received a Tony Award for his turn on Broadway opposite Danny Glover and Lonny Price in Fugard's "Master Harold...and the boys" (1982).
St Peter's College
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute
British Drama League
The Rehearsal Room theater group was influencial in the movement to change the culture of South Africa.