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Creator / John Kani

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Bonisile John Kani (born August 30, 1942 in New Brighton, South Africa) is a South African actor, director and playwright.

He's best known internationally for playing King T'Chaka of Wakanda (father of T'Challa) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.




  • Wallander (2015)
    • The White Lioness - Max Khulu


  • Chronically Killed Actor: His characters, be it on stage or on screen, tend to die in the story.
  • Glass Eye: His left eye was lost in the incident mentioned below, and he's worn a glass eye since.
  • Real-Life Relative: He and his son Atandwa collaborated several times both on stage and on screen.
  • Reclusive Artist: Not much is known about his personal life other than his son, Atandwa, is also an actor and that he got beat up by policemen who are supporters of a politician who was subjected to a Take That! by a play Kani starred in.
  • Shakespearian Actors: He starred in several plays and adaptations of William Shakespeare's works.
  • Written by Cast Member: He's a playwright and is often cast in the plays he wrote .