Chuck Shisana biography and detailed life history

Chuck Shisana who was born on 25 April 1977 is a 44-year-old South African actor popularly known for playing double dealing Detective Tshabalala on Mzansi Magic drama series The River from season 1 to season 5.

He appeared on other television serials, theatres and short stories including Molo Fish, Hillside, Ga Re Dumele, Generations, Soul City and Rhythm City.

Biography Facts

Chuck Shisana aka Officer Tshabalala from the River
Image of Chuck Shisana aka Officer Tshabalala from the River

Full name: Chuck Boitumelo Shisana
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 25 April 1977 (age- 44)
Place of birth: Shoshanguve, Tshwane, Gauteng Province
Occupation: Actor
TV Shows: The River, Rhythm City, Soul City
Years Active: 2002 to present
Siblings: Aubrey Sekhabi (brother)
Spouse(s): Matilda Sekgobela
Children: Mothusi and Kagiso

Early life of Chuck Shisane

Where and when was Chuck Shisana born?

Chuck Boitumelo Shisana was born on 25 April 1977 in Shoshanguve, Tshwane (Gauteng Province) in South Africa. Growing up, he watched his brother Aubrey Sekhabi form theatre groups in the community and looked up to him. This is when he fell in love with acting by observing his older brother climbing the ladder of success in acting industry. His older brother Aubrey Sekhabi is the father of Shalate Sekhabi who acts on House of Zwide.

What was the first career choice of Chuck before acting?

Chuck wanted to become a law enforcer such as a police officers so he was training with the SAPS to be a police officer. During that training he received a call from Mabana Arts Foundation in the North West, a call that drifted him from becoming a policeman to an actor.

“I was nearing the end of my training. I had passed all my medical tests and was ready for my final interview when I got called by the Mabana Arts Foundation in the North West, and when the acting bug bit me, I never looked back again,” he said. [¹]

Education of Chuck Shisane

Where did Chuck obtained his education?

He attended Shoshanguve High School and matriculated in 2000. After that he studied Production Management at Pretoria Technikon (now Tshwane University of Technology). Then he joined police training which he couldn’t finish following a call to join Mabana Arts Foundation in the North West.

Acting career of Chuck Shisana

Chuck began his acting career in the North West in 2002, when he joined at Mabana Arts Foundation. Before returning to Pretoria in 2004 to work at the State Stage, he worked on numerous theatre shows. The theatre plays where Chuck appeared includes Cards, The Rivonia Trial, Silent Voice, and Township Stories which toured Europe in 2006.

From 2006 to 2008 he became very prominent when he acted as Willy Phoma in the SABC2 medical drama series Hillside. He also had a guest starring role in the third season of the SABC2 sitcom Ga Re Dumele as Frank in the former soapie Rhythm City.

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He has also appeared on television drama serials such as Molo Fish, Generations, Soul City, and Isidingo where he played a police officer. In 2018 he landed another role of playing a strict cope who ended up being dodgy, Detective Tshabalala on the former 1Magic drama The River which now airs on Mzansi Magic. [ ²] Here he acted alongside Sindi Dlathu and other television actors from season 1 to season 5.

Television serials

TV shows- Seasons- Characters

  • Ga Re Dumele – Season 3 – Guest Star
  • Generations – Season 1 – Guest Star
  • Hillside – Season 1 to 2 – Willy Phoma
  • Rhythm City – Season 1 – Frank
  • Soul City – Season 7 – Majosh
  • The Republic – Season 1 – Minister of Police
  • The River – Season 1 to 5-Detective Tshabalala

Films where Chuck Boitumelo Shisana appeared

Chuck appeared on Asinamali film alongside Mbongeni Ngema. This is the only film known so far where he acted.

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Personal life and family of Chuck Shisana

Chuck Shisana is married to motor industry worker Matilda Sekgobela. They are blessed with atleast two children, Mothusi and Kagiso. According to Chuck his family and children are his biggest fans as they dont miss an episode.

His brother Aubrey Sekhabi is the Artistic Director at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

Religious and Political views of Boitumelo Shisana aka Chuck

His religious beliefs are of christianity under the denomination of Methodist church. And his political views are those of ANC (African National Congress).