John Kani Biography: Age, Career, Movies & Net Worth


Bonisile John Kani (born 30 August 1943) is a South African actor, director, playwright and creator of Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba.

He stars as Mkhuseli Mthetho in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba between 2012 and 2013.

John is also an executive trustee of the Market Theatre Foundation, director of the Market Theatre Laboratory and chairman of the National Arts Council of South Africa.

John Kani biography

Full Name John Kani
Date of Birth 30 August 1943 (age 80 years old)
Gender Male
Spouse Mandi Kani
Occupation Actor
Nationality South African
Net Worth $300,000

John Kani Age

He was born on the 30th of August 1943 in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 80 years old and celebrates his birthday on August 30th every year.

John Kani Wife & Children

He is married to Mandi Kani and he has a son named Atandwa who is also an actor.


  1. Sizwe Banzi is Dead (1972) (co-authored with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona)
  2. The Island (1973) (co-authored with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona)
  3. Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (co-authored with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona)
  4. My Children My Africa! (actor)
  5. Nothing But the Truth (2002) (sole playwright)
  6. The Tempest (2008) (actor in the role of Caliban, at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town; Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; and tour of Richmond, Leeds, Bath, Nottingham, Sheffield)
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Film & Television

  1. The Wild Geese (1978)
  2. Marigolds in August (1980)
  3. Killing Heat (1981)
  4. The Grass Is Singing (1981)
  5. “Master Harold”…and the Boys (1985) (TV)
  6. Saturday Night at the Palace (1987)
  7. An African Dream (1987)
  8. Options (1988)
  9. A Dry White Season (1989)
  10. Othello (1989) (TV)
  11. The Native Who Caused All the Trouble (1989)
  12. An African Dream (1990)
  13. Sarafina (1992)
  14. In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1993) (Non-fiction)
  15. Soweto Green (1995)
  16. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
  17. Kap der Rache (1997) (TV) (German)
  18. Kini and Adams (1997)
  19. The Tichborne Claimant (1998)
  20. Final Solution (2001)
  21. Hillside (2005–2008) (TV series)
  22. Silent Witness (Finding Rachel) (2008)
  23. Endgame (2009)
  24. White Lion (2010)
  25. Coriolanus (2011) – Cominius
  26. The Suit (2016) – Mr. Maphikela
  27. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – T’Chaka
  28. Nothing But the Truth (2002)
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Recognition & Awards

  1. 2000: Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Award
  2. 2005: Olive Schreiner Prize
  3. 2010: Life Time award during the SAFTA Awards
  4. Avanti Hall of Fame Award from the South African film, television and advertising industries, an M-Net Plum award and a Clio award in New York.
  5. In 2016 Kani received the national honour of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, for his “Excellent contributions to theatre and, through this, the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $300,000 which he has earned as an actor.

John Kani


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