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Arnold Vosloo’s roles have two com­mon el­e­ments: they’re ei­ther bad­dies or they like guns. In sea­son 3 of ac­tion show Bosch (2014-cur­rent), he’s mix­ing them as Rafael Tafero, an ex-cop who’s now in “pri­vate se­cu­rity”. And de­spite liv­ing in the US for over 25 years, he ad­mits that “I still miss home”.

Home is where he got into act­ing, with his most fa­mous lo­cal role as mis­fit army cadet Boetie van Ton­der in 1984 satire film Boetie Gaan Bor­der Toe.

The 54-year-old doesn’t get to visit SA and his fam­ily as much as he’d like, but he got to mix busi­ness with plea­sure in 2016 – Arnold was in lo­cally filmed drama Cape Town (2016) in the role of bad­die Robin van Rees.

He jokes about it now, but Arnold al­most quit ac­tion fan­tasy movies The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Re­turns (2001). He played res­ur­rected Egyp­tian priest Imhotep and says that “I’m no Mr Fit­ness, but I was in shape. Then I went to Lon­don and they showed me my [loin-cloth] wardrobe. It’s like a postage stamp!”

Arnold’s got an equally fa­mous dop­pel­gänger. “Peo­ple come up to me and say, ‘Are you that guy from [1997 drama film] Ti­tanic?’ and I tell them ‘Yes, I am Billy Zane.’”

While he calls SA “home”, Arnold has been a US cit­i­zen since 1988, the year he mar­ried US ac­tress Nancy Mul­ford. They met while film­ing ac­tion film Skele­ton Coast in 1987 but di­vorced in 1991. Arnold mar­ried busi­ness­woman and cur­rent wife Sylvia Ahi in 1998.

Like Imhotep, the ac­tor has risen from the dead, sort of. There was a death-hoax email in 2015 say­ing that Arnie died in a car crash, “But as you can see, I’m alive and well,” he says.

Arnold’s dop­pel­gänger Billy Zane.

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