Zakes Mokae




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Zakes Mokae was a South African actor. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 5, 1934, but immigrated to the U.K. in 1961 to escape Apartheid, and then to the U.S. in 1969. In 1961 he first starred in The Blood Knot, an intense study in racial relations in South Africa. In 1982 he starred in Master Harold...and the Boys, a play which he made with the same partner who helped create his 1961 hit. For this performance he won a Tony award. The play was then converted for film, and Mokae starred in it alongside Matthew Broderick. He has taken part in a number of other anti-apartheid films, including Cry Freedom, A Dry White Season, and A World of Strangers. He also starred in several horror films, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, Dust Devil, and Vampire in Brooklyn. Mokae has made a few television appearances in shows like The X-Files, Oz, Knight Rider, Starsky and Hutch, and The West Wing. He died in 2009.