Temuera Morrison

Actor, Disc jockey, TV reporter
This handsome, compact actor of Maori descent garnered international attention for his portrayal as the abusive and alcoholic Jake in Lee Tamahori's "Once Were Warriors" (1994). The son of a musician and nephew of famed ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1960 in New Zealand

Filmography

Actor (21)

Tatau 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little White Lies 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blueberry 2013 (Movie)

Runi (Actor)

Fresh Meat 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Abin Sur (Actor)

Couples Retreat 2009 (Movie)

Briggs (Actor)

Tracker 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rain of the Children 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

River Queen 2005 (Movie)

Te Kai Po (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 (Movie)

Commander Cody (Actor)

Crooked Earth 2000 (Movie)

Captain Will Bastion (Actor)

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

Major Rasul (Actor)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? 1999 (Movie)

Jake Heke (Actor)

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

Jager (Actor)

Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 (Movie)

Juliano (Actor)

Barb Wire 1996 (Movie)

Axel (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Azazello (Actor)

Once Were Warriors 1995 (Movie)

Jake Heke (Actor)

Mauri 1988 (Movie)

Young Policeman (Actor)

Never Say Die 1988 (Movie)

Alf (Actor)

Other Halves 1984 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)
Producer (1)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? 1999 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

This handsome, compact actor of Maori descent garnered international attention for his portrayal as the abusive and alcoholic Jake in Lee Tamahori's "Once Were Warriors" (1994). The son of a musician and nephew of famed New Zealand entertainer Sir Howard Morrison, he was raised in Rotarua, a noted tourist spot in his homeland. After completing his schooling, Morrison briefly worked with his uncle before deciding to pursue an acting career. Through the Special Performing Arts Training Scheme (SPATS), he gained experience which led to his early feature work in "Other Halves" (1985), in which he was the friend of a Maori teenager romancing an older white woman. Other roles soon followed in the stunningly photographed "Mauri" (1988) and as a laid-back reporter in the James Bond spoof "Never Say Die" (also 1988).

Relationships

Hana Stafford

Mother

James Tarawhai Morrison

Son

Angela Dotchin

Companion
worked together on the New Zealand serial "Shortland Street"

Laurie Morrison

Father
played with the Ohinemutu Quartet with brother Howard died in 1974

Howard Morrison

Uncle
worked as Director of Youth Development in Maori Affairs

EDUCATION

Western Heights High School

Wesley College

Special Performing Arts Training Scheme (SPATS)

Milestones

2005

Portrayed Commander Cody in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" the final installment of the saga

2002

Cast as Jango Fett in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"

1999

Reprised role of Jake Heke in the sequel "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?"

1997

Had pivotal role in "Speed II: Cruise Control"

1996

First US film, "Barbed Wire"

1994

Breakthrough screen role as the abusive husband Jake Heke in Lee Tamahori's "Once Were Warriors"

1993

Served as language advisor on Jane Campion's "The Piano"

1988

First feature lead, "Never Say Die"

1985

Early screen credit, small role in "Other Halves"

Appeared on the New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"

Hosted a local morning radio show

After schooling, auditioned for Special Performing Arts Training Scheme; also worked with his uncle New Zealand entertainer Sir Howard Morrison

Bonus Trivia

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Morrison is named for his grandfather

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