Zakes Mokae Biography (1935-)

Born August 5, 1935, in Johannesburg, South Africa; immigrated to England, 1961, then the United States, 1969.

South African
Actor, director
Birth Details
August 5, 1935
Johannesburg, South Africa

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Zachariah, Blood Knot, West End production, London, 1961
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Old African, Boesman and Lena, Circle in theSquare, 1969
  • Waiter, Fingernails as Blue as Flowers, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Firs, The Cherry Orchard, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Boesman and Lena, Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, RI, 1978
  • Steve Daniels, A Lesson from Aloes, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1980-1981
  • Boesman and Lena, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980
  • An Attempt at Flying, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1980
  • Sam, Master Harold ... and the boys, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1981,then Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1982, later Plaza Theatre, Dallas, TX, 1983
  • Zachariah, The Blood Knot, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1985, then JohnGolden Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • M. Gerard de Villefort, The Count of Monte Cristo, John F. KennedyCenter for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986
  • Reverend Zulu, Mr. X, and Itshe, The Song of Jacob Zulu, PlymouthTheatre, New York City, 1993
  • Also appeared in Last Days of British Honduras, American Place Theatre; Trial of Vessay, New Dramatists, New York City; Lion and Jewel and Brother Jero, both Inglewood Playhouse, Inglewood, CA; and productions of Othello, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, Krapp's Last Tape, Tall Maidens, No Good Friday, and The Tempest, all in Europe.
  • Stage Director
  • Directed Boesman and Lena in Canada; Angel Feathers on the Roof in Johannesburg, South Africa; I'm a Come Home Chile in London.
  • Film Appearances
  • Dilemma (also known as A World of Strangers), 1962
  • (Uncredited) Party guest, Darling, Embassy, 1965
  • Michel, The Comedians (also known as Les comediens), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • The River Niger, Cine Artists, 1976
  • Wescott, The Island, Universal, 1980
  • Committee member, Roar, 1981
  • Father Kani, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987
  • Dargent Peytraud, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Universal, 1988
  • Stanley Makhaya, A Dry White Season, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989
  • Dr. Banumbra, Gross Anatomy (also known as A Cut Above), Buena Vista, 1989
  • Dr. Chad, Dad, Universal, 1989
  • Big Kathy, A Rage in Harlem, Miramax, 1991
  • Detective Sawchuck, Body Parts, Paramount, 1991
  • Ben Mukuros, Dust Devil, Miramax, 1992
  • Himself, In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid, 1993
  • Dr. Zeko, Vampire in Brooklyn (also known as Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn), Paramount, 1995
  • Dr. Benjamin Iwabi, Outbreak, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Priam, Waterworld, MCA/Universal, 1995
  • Sulukim, Krippendorf's Tribe, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Also appeared in Tremor; Legends of Fear; Darkest Africa.
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Pee Wee Parker, One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (also known as Man of Passion), CBS, 1978
  • Captain Daventry, Agatha Christie's "A Caribbean Mystery" (also known as A Caribbean Mystery), CBS, 1983
  • Pee Wee, Percy & Thunder, TNT, 1993
  • Harding, Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story, Fox, 1994
  • Library janitor, Slaughter of Innocents, HBO, 1994
  • Pilots
  • Kid Lightning, Parker Kane, NBC, 1990
  • Miniseries
  • Roots: The Next Generation, ABC, 1979
  • Specials
  • Himself, The 36th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1982
  • Sam, Master Harold ... and the boys, Showtime, 1984
  • Voice of Mr. Bakoosa, The Valiant Little Tailor: An Animated Special from the "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" Series, HBO, 2001
  • Also appeared as Zachariah, The Blood Knot, BBC.
  • Episodic
  • Personal assistant, "The Galloping Major," Danger Man, 1964
  • Lord Harry, "Murder at Sea: Parts 1 & 2," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1976
  • Tsombe Kuna, "Goliath: Parts 1 & 2," Knight Rider, NBC, 1983
  • Marcus Mpepo, "Dr. Cupid," A Different World, NBC, 1988
  • Thomas Mambukwe, "Strangers on a Train," Valerie (also known as The Hogan Family), NBC, 1989
  • Edgar Barkley, "Wager," Law & Order, NBC, 1994
  • United Nations dignitary, "The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Parts 1 & 2,"Dream On, HBO, 1994
  • Diabria, "Teliko," The X-Files, Fox, 1996
  • #98J604 Kipekemie Jarra, "Animal Farm," Oz, HBO, 1998
  • #98J604 Kipekemie Jarra, "Escape from Oz," Oz, HBO, 1998
  • President Nimbala, "In This White House," The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Tonday, "Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man," Monk, USA Network, 2002

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