Jerry Mofokeng (born 17 April 1956) is an actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his appearance in many critically-acclaimed films. The award-winning actor was cast in Cry, The Beloved Country and Mandela And De Klerk.
He also landed a role in the Tsotsi (2005), an Academy Award-winning film. He also has been recognized even with an honorary doctorate from the University of Free State (UFS). As an actor, he has continued to entertain South Africa and other countries in and outside Africa for many years.
The legendary actor was born on 17 April 1956 in Soweto, a town of the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng. He grew up and spent most of his childhood days there.
In 1970, Jerry Mofokeng started his studies at Orlando West High School 1974. Later in 1976, he attended Youth Alive Ministries. He furthered his academic pursuit at Wits Drama School and studied Acting. To further his education, he moved to the United State of Africa (USA) after he was awarded a scholarship. There, at Columbia University, he did his master’s in Theatre Directing (1987-1991).
The actor is a legend both on stage and onscreen, Jerry has appeared in many television and stage productions. Among others, he was cast in many critically-acclaimed films like Cry, The Beloved Country. He also was cast in the film Mandela And De Klerk; in 2005, Jerry made it as cast in the film Tsotsi. Offscreen, he also is notable for the impact he has made in the entertainment industry.
During those years of student unrest, he was active in the community theatre. In the nineties, he survived through a range of sources including teaching among others. He taught at Wits and also served as an Associate Director at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre. He was also the Chief Director of the Mpumalanga Department of Sports and Culture. At The State Theatre located in Pretoria, he worked as the Artistic Director.
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Drumbeats. In Rhodes, he appeared as Induna. Other roles include Mzwakhe in Inside, Vusi in Tarzan, and Magistrate in Justice For All. He played the role of a lawyer in Yizo Yizo and was cast as the Diviner in Bones. He played a cop called Darkie in Behind The Badge. Jerry Mofokeng has also been the host of the program Curious Culture. Ntate was the role he played in the mini-series When We Were Black, making an appearance in 2006.
He was also cast in the drama series The Mating Game as Nkosi. In the popular e.tv soap opera titled Scandal!, he was cast as Neo Mokheti, a crime lord. In he played the starring role, Elias Matume Melema in the SABC3 sitcom Let Heaven Wait.
Jerry Mofokeng is happily married to Claudine Mofokeng. They became a married couple, husband and wife, in June 1980. Together, they are proud parents of five children. The name of his children includes; Lerato Makhetha, Tsakane, Palesa, Mpho, and Mosa. In February 2017, at the South Africa Film and Television Awards nomination party, he made a shocking reveal. According to him, his biological father’s name is Dan Motlepo Makgetha. He got to know when he was already 58 years old.