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Patrick Shai Biography, Age, Wife, Movies, Career & Death


Patrick Shai (born Patrick Molefe Shai) was a South African actor and director, known for Hearts & Minds (1995), Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) and 7de Laan (2000).

He was one of the founding members of Free Film Makers – which is an alternative to then-mainstream television in South Africa.

Patrick Shai biography


He was married to Mesechaba Shai and together they had two children.

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His career began as a dancer at Safari Ranch with Mzumba African Drama and Ballet.

Ever since then, he appeared in so many TV series which include Mission Top Secret, Behind the Badge, Zero Tolerance, Hillside, Soul City, Life is Wild and Yizo Yizo. In the 1996 BBC mini-series Rhodes, he also played the role of Christmas.

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He had gone on to scoop so many awards on both television and stage.

He also featured in many made-for-TV movies, including The Land of Dreams (1990), Inside (1996), La Ferme du crocodile (1996), The Place of Lions (1997) and The Gates of Cleveland Road (2000).


He died on 22 January 2022 by suicide

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  • Place of Weeping (1986)
  • Red Scorpion (1988)
  • Blind Justice (1988)
  • Schweitzer (1990)
  • Taxi to Soweto (1993)
  • Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
  • Hearts and Minds (1996)
  • Danger Zone (1997)
  • Fools (1997)
  • The Bone Snatcher (2003)
  • Critical Assignment (2004)

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