The versatile South African actor who starred on Broadway (he won a Tony Award in 1982 for his performance on Broadway in Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold and the Boys”) and in Hollywood films (he was brilliant in Euzhan Palzy’s “Dry White Season”) despite Apartheid, has died in Las Vegas.
From The New York Times obituary:
After “The Blood Knot” [a play written by Athol Fugard and starring Mokae; about brothers with skins of different hues that explores the effects of racial separatism] opened in London, Mr. Mokae was barred from returning to South Africa. He did not return until 1982, when he learned his brother James was to be hanged for murders committed during a robbery, though it was unclear whether James was present during the killings. Mr. Mokae, who learned of the death sentence on the night he won his Tony Award, returned to Johannesburg in time to witness his brother’s execution.
I doubt the rainbow generation (and those with amnesia) even knows who he is.