Henry Cele born 30 January 1949 – 2 November 2007 was a South African actor famous for his chilling performance as Shaka Zulu in SABC‘s Shaka Zulu miniseries. Born in Durban, South Africa, he landed the role of Shaka in the miniseries after acting out the same role in a South African stage production of Shaka Zulu.Point of Impact and The Last Samurai. He also appeared in major roles in South African movies and television series programmes. He was married to Jennifer “Jenny” Hollander.
After his acting career, Cele moved from his suburban home in Glenmore, South of Durban and went back to Kwamashu township.
At the time of his death he had been in hospital for two weeks after being admitted with a chest infection.