Zakes Mokae

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1934 in Johannesburg, , ZA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Roar 2015 (Movie)

Committee Member (Actor)

Dilemma 2008 (Movie)

Steven Sitole (Actor)

Monk 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Sulukim (Actor)

Oz 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

Dr Benjamin Iwabi (Actor)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

Dr Zeko (Actor)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

Priam (Actor)

Dust Devil 1993 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Big Kathy (Actor)

Body Parts 1991 (Movie)

Detective Sawchuk (Actor)

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

Dr Chad (Actor)

Gross Anatomy 1989 (Movie)

Dr Banumbra (Actor)

A Different World 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

Dargent Peytraud (Actor)

Cry Freedom 1987 (Movie)

Father Kani (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "A Caribbean Mystery" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Island 1980 (Movie)

Navidad Policeman (Actor)

The Comedians 1967 (Movie)

Michel (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Parker Kane (TV Show)

Actor

Percy and Thunder (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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).

EDUCATION

St Peter's College

Baltimore , Maryland

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1978

British Drama League

Milestones

1987

Received acclaim for role in "Cry Freedom"

1985

Reprised stage role in Showtime adaptation of "'Master Harold' .,, and the boys"

1978

First TV-movie role in "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story"

1968

Moved to America; off-Broadway stage debut, "Boesman and Lena" (at the Circle Repertory Theater)

1967

Film acting debut, "The Comedians"

1965

Feature film debut (bit part), "Darling"

1961

Moved to London with production, "The Blood Knot"

Exiled from South Africa for radical theater

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"

Taught at the American Conservatory Theater

With playwright Athol Fugard formed small drama group The Rehearsal Room in the 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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The Rehearsal Room theater group was influencial in the movement to change the culture of South Africa.

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Directing Fellow to the American Film Institute.

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