"Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss," South African President Jacob Zuma announced today. "Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nationhood. Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause."
Mandela's inspiring life and endless activism was the subject of many films and TV movies. Sidney Poitier portrayed him back in 1997's Mandela and de Klerk. Morgan Freeman did the job in 2009's Invictus and, most recently, Idris Elba is portraying Mandela in the new film Long Walk to Freedom.
But they're not the only ones. Check out all the stars who've portrayed Mandela's courageous story.