"What an amazing life lead by Madiba. A light & inspiration to the world. The privilege of spending a small amount of private time w/ (with) Mr. Mandela as he held my baby daughter, is a highlight of my life. Mandela was bouncing Ava, then two yrs (sic) old, on his knee & called her, 'future leader'. I couldn't believe it in that moment. I still can't." Actor Ryan Phillippe remembers late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.