6 October 1941 |
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Born in Port Elizabeth, Ntshona worked alongside fellow South African Athol Fugard on several occasions, most notably in the 1980 film version of Fugard's play Marigolds in August, and played a minor role in Richard Attenborough's acclaimed film Gandhi (1982) and a major role in the film A Dry White Season (1989).
Ntshona played deposed President Julius Limbani, the subject of a rescue attempt in The Wild Geese (1978). Limbani is based on Moise Tshombe. He also played a similar role in The Dogs of War (1980) as Dr. Okoye, a moderate political figure thrown in jail by the dictator President Kimba of the fictional Republic of Zangaro. His other film credits include roles in Ashanti (1979), Night of the Cyclone (1991), The Power of One (1992), The Air Up There (1994) and Tarzan and the Lost City (1998).
With Fugard and John Kani, Ntshona wrote the 1973 play The Island, in which he and Kani starred in a number of major international productions over the next 30 years. He and Kani were co-winners of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for their performance in both The Island and Sizwe Banzi is Dead, which he also co-wrote.
- The Wild Geese (1978) - President Julius Limbani
- Ashanti (1979) - Ansok
- Marigolds in August (1980) - Daan
- The Dogs of War (1980) - Dr. Okoye
- Gandhi (1982) - Porter
- The Stick (1988) - The Witchdoctor
- A Dry White Season (1989) - Gordon Ngubene
- Night of the Cyclone (1990) - Quett
- The Power of One (1992) - Mlungisi
- The Air Up There (1994) - Urudu
- Tarzan and the Lost City (1998) - Mugambe
- I Dreamed of Africa (2000) - Old Pokot Chief
- Malunde (2001) - Grandfather Khumalo
- Blood Diamond (2006) - Old Mende Man
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