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      John Kani

      John Kani

      Highest Rated: 96% Black Panther (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 45% Murder Mystery 2 (2023)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1942

      Birthplace: New Brighton, South Africa

      South African actor and filmmaker John Kani made his big screen debut as a sergeant opposite industry veterans Richard Burton, Roger Moore, and Richard Harris in "The Wild Geese," a 1978 action flick in which a group of experienced mercenaries attempt to overthrow a dictator in the heart of Africa. Following a myriad of moderate successes in the 1980s, Kani enjoyed a bona fide hit with "Sarafina!" in 1992. Headlined by Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, the musical drama cast Kani as a school principal in his native South Africa. In 1996, director Stephen Hopkins tapped Kani to play Samuel, a native African assisting in the hunt of two deadly lions in the period thriller "The Ghost and the Darkness," starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer. Kani's character provides the film's memorable narration. Kani made his directorial debut in 2009, an adaptation of his play "Nothing But the Truth," which is set amidst the social turmoil of post-apartheid South Africa. Kani also played the lead role in the film. The veteran actor's penchant for theater caught the eye of Academy Award-winner Ralph Fiennes, who cast Kani as General Cominius of the Roman army in his big screen mounting of "Coriolanus," based on the classic Shakespeare play.

      Highest rated movies

      Black Panther
      Coriolanus
      The Wild Geese
      Sarafina!
      The Ghost and the Darkness Murder Mystery 2

      Photos

      THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, John Kani, Val Kilmer, 1996, (c)Paramount THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, John Kani, 1996, (c)Paramount THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, Val Kilmer, John Kani, 1996, ©Paramount MURDER MYSTERY, JOHN KANI, 2019. PH: PHILIPPE BOSSE/© NETFLIX CORIOLANUS, from left: Brian Cox, Ralph Fiennes, John Kani, 2011. Ph: Larry D. Horricks/©Weinstein Company CORIOLANUS, Brian Cox (beard and eyeglasses), Ralph Fiennes (center, bald), John Kani (beard, front right), 2011. Ph: Larry D. Horricks/©Weinstein Company CORIOLANUS, from left: Brian Cox, Ralph Fiennes, John Kani, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, Harry Fenn, 2011. Ph: Larry D. Horricks/©Weinstein Company THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, John Kani, 1996, (c)Paramount KILLING HEAT, (aka GRASET SJUNGER, aka THE GRASS IS SINGING), from left: Karen Black, John Kani, 1981, © Satori

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mufasa: The Lion King Rafiki (Voice) - 2024
      45% 45% Murder Mystery 2 Colonel Ulenda (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 68% Seal Team Unknown (Voice) - 2021
      52% 88% The Lion King Rafiki (Voice) $543.6M 2019
      96% 79% Black Panther T'Chaka (Character) $700.2M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Suit Mr. Maphikela (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Voices Meet Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jail Caesar Marius (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Janapriyan Unknown (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Steal 2 Million Julius Twala Snr. (Character) - 2011
      92% 58% Coriolanus Gen. Cominius (Character) $756.5K 2011
      No Score Yet 68% White Lion Old Gisani (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing but the Truth Sipho (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      No Score Yet 58% The Bird Can't Fly Stone (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 100% Final Solution Rev. Peter Lekota (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Freedom Fighters Rev. Peter Lekota (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tichborne Claimant Bogle (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kini & Adams Ben (Character) - 1997
      50% 75% The Ghost and the Darkness Samuel (Character) $38.6M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soweto Green Dr. Curtis Tshabalala (Character) - 1996
      60% 86% Sarafina! School Principal (Character) $7.3M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Options Jonas (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An African Dream Khatana (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night at the Palace September (Character) $3.2K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Master Harold and the Boys Unknown (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grass Is Singing Moses (Character) - 1981
      70% 75% The Wild Geese Sgt. Jesse Blake (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      91% 80% What If...? T'Chaka (Voice) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Unknown (Character) 2009