John Kani

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John Kani
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Kani in 2007
Born (1942-08-30) 30 August 1942 (age 78)
NationalitySouth African
Years active1965–present
ChildrenAtandwa Kani
HonoursOrder of Ikhamanga in Silver[1]

Bonisile John Kani (born 30 August 1942) is a South African actor, director and playwright. He is known for his role as T'Chaka in the Marvel studios blockbusters Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.

His left eye was lost in an incident with the South African police in 1975 and he now wears a prosthetic.[2]

In August 2017, Kani was cast to perform the voice of Rafiki in the 2019 CGI remake of The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau.[3]

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  1. "Bonisile John Kani (1943 - )". The Presidency. 30 August 1943. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. Britt, Donna (1989-09-26). "APARTHEID THROUGH AN ANGRY LENS". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-04-05. Kani lost his eye when he returned to South Africa after appearing in Athol Fugard's anti-apartheid play, "Sizwe Banzi Is Dead," here and in New York. The actor was lured from his home by a telephone caller who said Kani was wanted at his father's home. On the way there, Kani says he was surrounded by police, who beat him and left him for dead. External link in |website= (help)
  3. Gonzalez, Umberto; Verhoeven, Beatrice (August 7, 2017). "'Lion King' Rafiki Casting: John Kani, 'Civil War' Star, to Play Wise Baboon (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved August 7, 2017.

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