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Athol Fugard
Born Harold Athol Lannigan Fugard
11 June 1932 (1932-06-11) (age 89)
Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Occupation Playwright, novelist, actor, director, teacher
Nationality South African
Citizenship South African and American
Education UCT (dropped out)
Period 1956–present
Genre Drama, novel, memoir
Notable works "Master Harold"...and the Boys
Blood Knot
Spouse Sheila Fugard (m. 1956; div. 2015) Paula Fourie (m. 2016)
Children Lisa

Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard OIS (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director. He is best known for his political plays opposing the system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning movie of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood.

Fugard was a professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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