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John Kani is a South African Broadway and film actor who has won a Tony Award for his performances in The Island and Sizwe Banzi is Dead. He portrayed King T'Chaka in Captain America: Civil War, and will reprise the role in Black Panther.

For his role in Captain America: Civil War, he taught Chadwick Boseman real phrases in the African language of Xhosa to make their interactions more realistic. He will also voice Rafiki in the 2019 version of The Lion King.