Bonisile John Kani
August 20, 1943
New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Actor, director, playwright
The Lion King (2019 film)
Kani performed with the acting troupe the Serpent Players (named for the former snake pit at a zoo in which they first performed) in 1965, during which time he contributed to the conception of many plays that were performed, but not published. He later co-wrote two more famous plays: Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island.