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Karl Urban

Actor | * 06/07/1972 (47) | Wellington - New Zealand
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Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances in New Zealand films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess. His first Hollywood role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship. Since then, he has appeared in many high-profile movies, including the second and third installments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Éomer. He has also portrayed Leonard McCoy in the Star Trek reboot film series, Vaako in the Riddick film series, and Judge Dredd in Dredd. Since 2019, he has starred in Amazon's web television series The Boys. ()
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He is known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the 2009 film Star Trek and Julius Caesar on Xena: Warrior Princess. He played Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick, the Russian assassin Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy, and Ghost in Pathfinder and won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue. His father, a German immigrant, owned a leather goods retail store, and his mother once worked for Film Facilities in Wellington, through which the young Urban was exposed to New Zealand cinema and developed an interest in the film industry. Urban attended St Mark's Church School, where he showed an early love for public performance. His first acting role came at age eight, when he had a single line in one episode of the New Zealand television series 'Pioneer Woman', but he did not act professionally again until after high school. He attended Wellington College in 1990, then Victoria University of Wellington in the Bachelor of Arts programme for one year, but left to pursue his acting career. Over the next few years, he landed several theatre roles in the Wellington area, and eventually he moved to Auckland, where he was offered many guest roles in local shows (one of which was playing a heroin addict in the police drama Shark in the Park). The role which launched him to local fame was that of gay paramedic Jamie Forrest in the hit New Zealand TV series Shortland Street. He appeared on the show for the 1993–1994 season. Urban then moved to Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia in 1995, returning to New Zealand the following year.

Most frequent genres for this person: Action | Drama | Adventure

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Movies with Karl Urban as Actor(37)

as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy2019 Untitled Star Trek Sequel
as Danny Gallagher2018 Bent
as Skurge / Executioner2017 Thor: Ragnarok
as Strode2017 Acts of Vengeance
as Detective Ruiney2017 Hangman
as Dr. 'Bones' McCoy2016 Star Trek Beyond
as Gavin2016 Pete's Dragon
as himself2016 Building Star Trek
as himself2016 For the Love of Spock
as himself2016 50 Years of Star Trek
as Vincent Stevens2014 The Loft
as Himself (archive footage)2014 Lennon or McCartney
as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy2013 Star Trek Into Darkness
as Vaako2013 Riddick: Blindsided
as Uncle Zack (voice)2013 Walking with Dinosaurs
as Lord Vaako2013 Riddick
as Judge Dredd2012 Dredd
as Black Hat2011 Priest
as William Cooper2010 RED
as Michael2010 And Soon the Darkness
as Leonard 'Bones' McCoy2009 Star Trek
as himself2009 Reclaiming the Blade
as Earl Pike2009 Black Water Transit
as Ghost2007 Pathfinder
as Nick Harvey2006 Out of the Blue
as John Grimm2005 Doom
as Kirill2004 The Bourne Supremacy
as Munder2002 Ghost Ship
as Sweeper1999 Heaven
as Paul1998 Via Satellite
as Wellington soldier1992 Chunuk Bair

TV Shows/Series with Karl Urban as Actor(7)

as Billy Butcher / The Butcher2019 The Boys
as John Kennex2013 Almost Human
as Woodrow F. Call2008 Comanche Moon
as Paramedic Jamie Forrest1992 Shortland Street

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Karl Urban
Citizenship: New Zealand
Born: Wednesday, 06/07 1972 (June) in Wellington (current age: 47 years + 103 days)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Wellington College
Partner (current/former): Katee Sackhoff
Other names for Karl Urban (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Карл Урбан"
"Karl-Heinz Urban"
"Καρλ Ούρμπαν"
"칼 어반"
"Karl Urban (Schauspieler)"
Karl Urban frequently works together with these people:
J.J. Abrams (9x, Crew)
Simon Pegg (8x, Actor)
Peter Jackson (8x, Crew)
Sala Baker (7x, Crew)
Chris Pine (6x, Actor)
Zoe Saldana (6x, Actress)
Zachary Quinto (6x, Actor)
Matt Schichter (6x, Crew)
Dan Hennah (6x, Crew)
Kiko Loureiro (6x, Cast)
Michael Hurst (5x, Actor)
Doug Lefler (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:262, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 09/14/2019