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John Kani Biography, Age, Awards, Career & Movies


John Kani who was born Bonisile John Kani on 30th August 1943 in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa is an actor, director and playwright.

He currently stars as Mkhuseli Mthetho in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba between 2012 and 2013, which Kani also created.

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

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John Kani Age

He was born on the 30th of August 1943 in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa. As of 2019, he is 76 years old.

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John Kani Wife & Children

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

John Kani Theatre

  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)

John Kani 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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John Kani 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.
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