Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is a multi-talented individual who has worked as an actor, stand-up comedian, director, and writer. While studying drama at the Victoria University in Wellington, Waititi toured his native New Zealand with ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1975 in New Zealand

Filmography

Actor (9)

Hunt For the Wilderpeople 2016 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Poi-E 2016 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

What We Do in the Shadows 2015 (Movie)

Viago (Actor)

Boy 2012 (Movie)

Alamein (Actor)

The Captain 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Tom Kalmaku (Actor)

Eagle vs Shark 2007 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

Snakeskin 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scarfies 1999 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)
Director (8)

Hunt For the Wilderpeople 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

What We Do in the Shadows 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Boy 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Inbetweeners 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Flight of the Conchords 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Eagle vs Shark 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Tama Tu 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Cars, One Night 2003 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (8)

Hunt For the Wilderpeople 2016 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

What We Do in the Shadows 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boy 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Captain 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eagle vs Shark 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eagle vs Shark 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Tama Tu 2003 (Movie)

(Writer)

Two Cars, One Night 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Hunt For the Wilderpeople 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

What We Do in the Shadows 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

What We Do in the Shadows 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Taika Waititi is a multi-talented individual who has worked as an actor, stand-up comedian, director, and writer. While studying drama at the Victoria University in Wellington, Waititi toured his native New Zealand with a university comedy ensemble group known as So You're the Man, gaining crucial stage experience. Waititi then teamed up with ensemble leader Jemaine Clement to form a comedy duo, The Humourbeasts, taking on tour a show called "The Untold Tales of Maui," a reworking of traditional Maori legends. During these engagements, Waititi often billed himself as Taika Cohen, to honor his mother's Jewish background. In 1999, the Humourbeasts received New Zealand's highest comic accolade, the Billy T Award. That same year Waititi made his feature film debut in the New Zealand independent production "Scarfies." In 2001, Waititi appeared in a short film, "A New Way Home," and a feature, "Snakeskin," before committing to two seasons on the comedy-drama television series "The Strip." During this period, Waititi also wrote and directed his first short film, "John & Pogo." Only two years later, his next short film, "Two Cars, One Night" succeeded stunningly when it received an Academy Award nomination. This achievement led Waititi to write and direct his first feature film, "Eagle vs. Shark" in 2007, co-starring long-time collaborator Clement. That same year he contributed as writer, director, and co-star in the comedy-music series "The Flight of the Conchords." In 2011, Waititi directed episodes of "Super City" as well as "The Inbetweeners."

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