Bruller - 2009-05-28 08:15
As far as I remember Alice Krige studied drama at Rhodes University before she moved overseas.
Shaheema - 2009-05-28 09:12
Hi Bruller. You're right, Alice did take up drama at Rhodes (after initially pursuing psychology and English Lit). However, she moved to the UK in the late 70s and spent 3 years at the London Central School of Speech and Drama.
Phil - 2011-07-17 18:40
Shaheema I now noticed that you put this article and this list together. I'm just curious. How did you do your research or what did you base it on because the list is somewhat 'off' to say the least. The title is 'top South African exports to Hollywood'. John Kani has not done anything of significance in Hollywood in a very long time. His plays and career are far more in the UK. What has he done of late that people would know? Trevor Rabin is a musician, for crying out loud. YES went out like 20 years ago. Who in the world is Langley Kirkwood? My South African wife tells me he's never ever been to Hollywood. How can he be an export? And how can you possibly leave actors like Sharlto Copley, Stelio Savante and Gideon Emery off this list? Sharlto is known the world over for District 9 & The A Team. After Charlize he's your best known actor. Elysium will confirm that. Stelio Savante is the first South African born male SAG award nominee for his role on Ugly Betty. SAG awards are very respected in La La land. And he is extremely highly regarded here for his theatre roles with multiple oscar winners. He's probably South African's finest stage actor in Hollywood. Gideon Emery also very well known here for Takers & for Primeval. It doesn't make sense you would leave him off this list. My wife says Gideon is well celebrated back home. Did you just pick people that you like personally and leave out people you don't like? Just curious.
James - 2009-05-28 09:52
Ok. lets make a pact never to brag about this list..... The good news is that this list can only improve with all the south africans leaving the country.
Nikki - 2009-05-28 10:15
Didn't Alice Krige also star in Sleepwalkers (Stepehn King)? She was the mother if I am not mistaken?
Nickey - 2009-05-28 11:16
Thank you to all the South African actors in Hollywood that make us proud to be South African. You Rock
leon - 2009-05-28 12:27
What about Robert John "Mutt"Lange
He was married to Shania Twain
and produced U2,The Cars,Def Leppard,Shania Twain and much much more
Ronel - 2009-05-28 13:19
Isn't Dave Matthews South African too?
Peachie - 2009-05-28 13:33
Didn't Embeth Davidtz also act opposite Robin Williams in the Bicentenial Man?
Sam - 2009-05-28 13:41
Nikki> Yes Alice Krige did star in Sleepwalkers - was the first role I saw her in.
Sindi - 2009-05-28 16:50
James-Ouch! Anyway, Alice Krige also starred in Chariots of Fire.Very proud of these fellow South Africans.
Anon - 2009-05-29 06:10
LOADS of ex pat in the US and elsewhere...Dave Matthews, ex Dbn boy, Rory Burne, F1 man, Ross Braun, top F1 man, Seether (formally Saron Gas), Robbie Robb (Ex Baxstop) and his band outsold Michael Jackson, filled stadiums in California and elsewhere. Manuel in Fauwlty Towers (UK).
ROMY - 2009-05-29 09:03
YEBO YES! DA SISTER ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES!WOMEN WITH BRAINS?THINK PINK,THINK CHARLIZE THERON!
Hop - 2009-05-29 11:23
Beebe who directed Geisha, is also South African, and if I am not mistaken, also won an Oscar for this film.
adrienne schick - 2009-06-03 12:55
What about Juliet Prowse? Or was she before your time???
YTAH - 2009-06-05 09:21
Swaziland is so entirely NOT South Africa. Leave poor Richard E. out of this.
Phil - 2011-07-17 18:47
You are so right on the money. He's born in Swaziland. How in the world did they come up with this awful list? It is titled 'Top SA exports to Hollywood' and they include people who aren't even from South Africa. Richard E Grant and Embeth Davidtz are not South African. And John Kani does not have a career in Hollywood. And Trevor Rabin is a musician. He did one or two albums with YES about 20 years ago. Then they leave out Sharlto Copley, Stelio Savante & Gideon Emery. They need to hire some new journalists is what they need to do. Or have someone in New York or Hollywood educate them.
Fan - 2009-08-18 12:54
Dion Beebe didn't direct Geisha- he's a cinematographer- and won an oscar for Chicago.
Fan - 2009-08-18 12:56
ps: Embeth's biggest critical acclaim was for Junebug.
Monique - 2009-08-20 03:40
Esta TerBlanche, who used to play Bienkie in Egoli, is in the soapy All my children.
Catnap LDB - 2011-06-20 22:33
Yeah but you never hear anything about her really, she's been involved with that show forever! :o)
wilma McDonald - 2010-02-10 14:40
My daughter have to speech about " Why does SA Filmstars go to hollywood"
Can anybody give me answers.
Phil - 2011-07-17 18:17
There are several important names that have been left off this list. Sharlto Copley. District 9 & The A Team make him top three in my humble opinion. His Wikus character from District 9 is so popular that they made a short film documentary about it. Sharlto is also going to be in Blomkamp's new film Eluysium & I live in New York so I can only go by what we see here. Stelio Savante. He is the first South African born male SAG award nominee for his role on Ugly Betty. Has a massive list of New York stage & Broadway credits opposite Susan Sarandon, James Gandolfini, Ed Asner, etc. Played the scariest South African villain I've ever seen on the JJ Abram's show Undercovers. Stelio is a great character actor that is very well known, at least here in New York. Gideon Emery. His role in Takers was fantastic. Would never have known he was South African. And he was one of the only redeeming things about Primeval. He also voices characters for video games that are played by millions. John Kani might be known in South Africa but I don't think that anyone here has ever heard of him. Embeth Davidtz has said repeatedly in interviews that she is American & not South African. Trevor Rabin? Is that a joke? He shouldn't be anywhere near this list. Never heard of Langley Kirkwood. But my wife is South African & she tells me he has had small roles in American projects that filmed in South Africa. Which means he's not even an export to Hollywood. Shouldn't be in the conversation. Do your research!
Channel24 - 2011-07-18 10:15
@Phil: Please have a look at the date this article was published - May 2009. This was shortly before Sharlto Copley became who he is today, though we did anticipate Neill Blomkamp and Steven Silver's career trajectory after their respective films.
We're obviously due a new list because the names who were relevant 2 years ago may not be as well-known today.
Phil - 2011-09-03 06:51
The only thing you are due is new writers and journalists. Are you that desperate to claim foreign celebrities as your own? Embeth Davidtz has repeatedly declared she is not South African. Richard E Grant is not South African. Rabin was big twenty or more years ago. For about two minutes. But a top export to Hollywood. Are you joking? Langley Kirkwood is not an export. He is a local actor. And John Kani. Are you for real? Really grasping at straws here. If you're going to list Kani then where is Anthony Sher? The names missing from your list prove that your writers do not understand the industry. Gideon Emery and Stelio Savante are easily in your top five exports to Hollywood. Get with the program and hire a writer that lives in Hollywood. They are certainly more qualified to write about which South Africans are your top exports.