Karl Urban

Actor
A sturdy lead and character actor with a natural affinity for physical roles, Karl Urban was a New Zealand-born performer who rose to popularity with notable roles in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1972 in Wellington, NZ

Filmography

Actor (29)

The Loft 2015 (Movie)

Vincent Stevens (Actor)

Almost Human 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Riddick 2013 (Movie)

Vaako (Actor)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

Bones (Actor)

Walking With Dinosaurs 3D 2013 (Movie)

Uncle Zack (Actor)

Dredd 3D 2012 (Movie)

Judge Dredd (Actor)

Priest 2011 (Movie)

Black Hat (Actor)

And Soon the Darkness 2010 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

William Cooper (Actor)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

Earl Pike (Actor)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Actor)

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Reclaiming the Blade 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Out of the Blue 2007 (Movie)

Nick Harvey (Actor)

Pathfinder 2007 (Movie)

Ghost (Actor)

Doom 2005 (Movie)

John Grimm a.k.a. Reaper (Actor)

The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (Movie)

Kirill (Actor)

The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 (Movie)

Vaako (Actor)

The Chronicles of Riddick: The Lowdown 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Eomer Eadig (Actor)

Ghost Ship 2002 (Movie)

Munder (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Eomer Eadig (Actor)

The Price of Milk 2001 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Xena: Warrior Princess 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven 1999 (Movie)

Sweeper (Actor)

The Irrefutable Truth About Demons 1999 (Movie)

Dr Harry Ballard (Actor)

Via Satellite 1998 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Biography

A sturdy lead and character actor with a natural affinity for physical roles, Karl Urban was a New Zealand-born performer who rose to popularity with notable roles in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003), as well as "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "Doom" (2005). Urban excelled at playing men of action, like the proud horseman in Peter Jackson's fantasy epics and the cold-blooded killer in "Bourne," but fans who took the time to explore Urban's cv found more subtle performances in smaller projects like "The Price of Milk" (2000), which cast him as a romance-minded farmer, or "Out of the Blue" (2006), where he played a small town policeman caught in the middle of a shootout. His adaptability in a variety of genres kept him busy in Hollywood features, which reached a high point when he was cast as Dr. McCoy in J. J. Abrams' origin story for "Star Trek" (2009). It also made him a capable and highly watchable actor whose star continued to ascend with each subsequent project.

Relationships

Hunter Urban

Son
Born in November 2000 mother, Natalie Wihongi

Indiana Urban

Son
Born in January 2005 mother, Natalie Wihongi

Natalie Wihongi

Wife
Married in September 2004

EDUCATION

St Mark's Church School

Wellington
Showed an early love for public performance

Victoria University

Wellington
Left after one year to pursue acting

Wellington College

Wellington

Milestones

2013

Reunited with Diesel for "Riddick"

2013

Reprised the role of McCoy in "Star Trek Into Darkness"

2013

Filmed the pilot for the TV show "Almost Human"

2012

Took over from Sylvester Stallone to play Judge Dredd in "Dredd 3D"

2010

Joined Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman in action thriller "Red"

2007

Announced he will portray a young Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" (2009)

2007

Played the lead in the Viking film "Pathfinder"

2005

Starred in Andrzej Bartkowiak's adaptation of hit video game "Doom"

2004

Co-starred in "The Chronicles of Riddick" with Vin Diesel and Judi Dench

2004

Cast as Kirill, a Russian secret service agent in "The Bourne Supremacy" opposite Matt Damon

2002

Landed breakthrough role as Éomer in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003)

2002

Made Hollywood film debut in "Ghost Ship"

2000

Starred in offbeat rural romance "The Price of Milk"

1996

Appeared on internationally syndicated shows "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," playing both Cupid and Julius Caesar

1993

Cast as a paramedic in New Zealand drama "Shortland Street"

1990

Played a heroin addict in police drama "Shark in the Park"

First acting role, delivered one line on a New Zealand TV show at age eight

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