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Also Known As: Died: September 11, 2009
Born: August 5, 1934 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Johannesburg, ZA Profession: actor, producer, director, acting teacher

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) Sulukim
2.
 Outbreak (1995) Dr Benjamin Iwabi
3.
 Waterworld (1995) Priam
4.
 Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) Dr Zeko
5.
 Rise & Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story (1994) Laurence Harding
7.
 Percy and Thunder (1993) Pee Wee
9.
 Dust Devil (1993) Ben
10.
 Body Parts (1991) Detective Sawchuk
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1965:
Feature film debut (bit part), "Darling"
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Taught at the American Conservatory Theater
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Exiled from South Africa for radical theater
1978:
First TV-movie role in "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story"
1961:
Moved to London with production, "The Blood Knot"
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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"
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Performed on London stage in such plays as "Boesman and Lena," "Othello," "Brother Jero," and "The Tempest"
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With playwright Athol Fugard formed small drama group The Rehearsal Room in the 1950s
1967:
Film acting debut, "The Comedians"
1969:
Moved to America; off-Broadway stage debut, "Boesman and Lena" (at the Circle Repertory Theater)
1987:
Received acclaim for role in "Cry Freedom"
1985:
Reprised stage role in Showtime adaptation of "'Master Harold' .,, and the boys"
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Education

St Peter's College: Baltimore, Maryland -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London, England -
British Drama League: -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1978

Notes

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

Directing Fellow to the American Film Institute.

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