KEN GAMPU
KEN GAMPU

YEAR OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH
1929 Germiston, South Africa

PLACE OF DEATH CAUSE OF DEATH
Vosloorus, South Africa. Natural causes

BIOGRAPHY
Ken Gampu was on of the first black South Africans to be featured in Hollywood films, working alongside such stars as Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster. A former schoolteacher, law clerk and interpreter, he spoke seven native dialects in addition to English and Afrikaans. Discovered by playwright Athol Fugard, he was cast in the play "No Good Friday" in 1958. In the 60s he moved to films and earned international distinction for his role in the movie musical Dingaka (1965). He earned excellent notices as well a year later in Cornel Wilde's African adventure The Naked Prey (1966) as a warrior leader. Several of his films have earned cult status with time, including Zulu Dawn (1979) and The Gods Must Be Crazy (1981). mini-biography by Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - ACTOR
1991 American Ninja 4: The Annihilation