The Men Who Would Play Mandela

On December 5th, the world said goodbye to Nelson Mandela, one of the truly great leaders of the 20th century.

The freedom fighter who fought tirelessly against a racist government regime, only to be imprisoned for 27 years on a barren island, and to be elected president just four years after being released, is the stuff of fairy tales — but all of it incredibly true. Not only was Mandela’s journey the stuff of legends, but it made for good theater as well. So it should come as no surprise that Nelson Mandela’s rise from prisoner to president has been adopted numerous times on the big screen and Mandela himself portrayed by a variety of actors. Here’s a list of a few of them starting with the most recent.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” (2013)
 Mandela portrayed by Idris Elba

Winnie” (2011)
 Mandela portrayed by Terrence Howard

Invictus” (2009)
 Mandela portrayed by Morgan Freeman

The Color of Freedom” (2007)
 Mandela portrayed by Dennis Haysbert

Mandela and de Klerk” (1997)
 Mandela portrayed by Sidney Poitier

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