John Kani Net Worth, Age, Son, Daughter, Died, Height, Movies, Nationality

John Kani

Who is John Kani?

John Kani is a South African actor, director and playwright and he is popularly known for his role as T’Chaka in the 2018 Marvel Cinematics Universe movie Black Panther and for also appearing in movies such as Endgame, How to Steal 2 Million, Captain American: Civil War, The Suit, The Lion King and many more.

John Kani Biography and Education

John Kani was born Bonisile John Kani on the 30th of August, 1942 in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa and he was also raised there, Kani attended both Elementary School and High School in South Africa but he later relocated to the United Kingdom where he attended University, as time went on he began to get actively involved in the South African struggle against apartheid, this prompted him to star in Athol Fugard’s Play titled Sizwe Banzi is Dead and he also co-wrote the play, after starring in the play, he returned to South Africa but on his way back he was stopped and beaten by the police and in the process he got injured on his left eye and now wears a prosthetic.

Kani made his television debut on the CW series titled Life is Wild, he later joined the Serpent players and while in College he helped to create a lot of plays which went unpublished, in the 1970’s he wrote a play titled The Island with Athol Fugad and he was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his role in My Chidlren! My Africa!

Movies and Career

Over the years, Kani’s plays and written works has been performed around the World and in cities like London and New York, in 1975 his two plays titled Sizwe Banzi is Dead and This is Island were both performed at the Edison Theatre, in 1987 Kani played Othello, in 2002 his play titled Nothing but the Truth was played at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, in August, 2017, Kani was cast as the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King which was directed by Jon Favreau, in 2019 he wrote a play titled Kunene and the King and it was played at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon- Avon.

Apart from writing plays, Kani has gone on to star in films such as Sarafina! (1992), Kini and Adams, Final Solution, Nothing but the truth, End Game, Coriolanus, How to steal 2 million, the suit, Black Panther where he played the role of T’Chaka, in 2019 he starred in Murder Mystery, in 2010 he starred in White Lion, in 2007 he starred in the Bird Can’t Fly, in 1998 he starred in The Tichborne Claiment, in 2001 he starred in Final Solutions and over the years he has starred in many more movies and plays.

John Kani

John Kani Age

Kani was born on the 30th of August, 1942, so that means as of recent he is 77 years old.

John Kani Son, Daughter and Family

Kani is a married man and he has a son named Atandwa Kani and he is also an actor and he is popularly known for starring in the CW series Life is Wild and for also starring as the younger version of T’Chaka in Black Panther and he also has a daughter named Kasima Kani and information regarding his other family members are unknown.

John Kani Height, Weight and Personal Looks

Kani stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches, he weighs 66kg, he is dark in complexion, has black hair color and dark brown eye color.

Is John Kani Dead?

Some few years back, Kani was rumored to have died of heart attack but he later debunked this news and tagged it false.


Kani and his family currently reside in Cape Town, South Africa.

Real Name

Kani’s real name is Bonisile John Kani.

Nationality and Ethnicity 

Kani is of South African nationality and black ethnicity.

Social Media Presence

Kani has been active in the movie industry since 1965 and over these years he has been able to accumulate his own fan base and as of recent he is active on Twitter with over 30,000 followers and he is also active on Facebook and a host of other social media networks.

Awards and Nomination

In February, 2010, Kani was awarded The Life Time Awards, he also received the Avanti Hall of Fame Award from South Africa Film, Television and Advertising Industries, he also received an M-Net Plum Award and a Clio Award in New York , in 2000 he was awarded the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Award, in 2005 he won the Olive Schremer Prize, in 2004 he was voted the 51st in the Top 100 Great South African, in 2006 he was awarded a honorary doctorate degree by the University of Cape Town, in 2013 he was awarded a honorary doctorate degree of Philosophy and a theatre in Johannesburg was renamed to his name and over the years he has won many more awards.

Controversies, rumors and legal issues

Ever since coming to fame, Kani hasn’t been linked to any known controversy, rumors and legal issues.

John Kani Net Worth and Salary

John Kani net worth is estimated to be $6 million and he earns over $2 million as salary annually. His net worth accumulated due success in his career as an actor, director and playwright. 

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