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Karl Urban

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.

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Jun 7, 1972 In Wellington - New Zealand
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Spy Who Loved Me 1977-07-07
Latest Project:
Series White Fang 2018
Known For
Poster of Riding High
Poster of Shark In the Park
Poster of Hangman
Poster of Building Star Trek
Series White Fang David 2018
Series Shark In the Park Rohann Murdoch 2018
Series Riding High James Westwood 2018
Series Mercur John Kennex 2017-03-06
Movie Raees himself 2017-01-25
Movie Kong: Skull Island Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 2017-03-08
Movie Thor: Ragnarok Skurge 2017-10-25
Movie Hangman Detective Ruiney 2017-12-22
Movie Acts of Vengeance Strode 2017-10-27
Movie Star Trek Beyond Dr. 'Bones' McCoy 2016-07-07
Movie Pete's Dragon Gavin 2016-08-10
Movie Building Star Trek Himself 2016-09-04
Movie 50 Years of Star Trek himself 2016-08-14
Movie Pan himself 2015-09-24
Movie Taken 3 Black Hat 2014-12-16
Movie Reach Me Detective Ruiney 2014-03-14
Movie Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD himself 2014-09-19
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie The Loft Vincent Stevens 2014-10-14
Movie Riddick: Blindsided Vaako 2013-07-26
Movie Star Trek Into Darkness Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 2013-05-05
Series Almost Human John Kennex 2013-11-17
Movie Walking With Dinosaurs Uncle Zack (voice) 2013-12-18
Movie Riddick Lord Vaako 2013-09-02
Movie Dredd Judge Dredd 2012-09-07
Movie Priest Black Hat 2011-05-05
Series Caprica John Kennex 2010-01-22
Movie RED William Cooper 2010-10-13
Movie And Soon the Darkness Michael 2010-02-25
Movie Reclaiming the Blade Himself 2009-04-15
Movie Black Water Transit Earl Pike 2009-05-13
Movie Star Trek Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 2009-05-06
Series Fairy Tales John Kennex 2008-01-10
Series Comanche Moon Woodrow F. Call 2008-01-13
Movie Pathfinder Ghost 2007-01-11
Movie Out of the Blue Nick Harvey 2006-10-12
Movie The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle Himself 2005-09-08
Movie Doom John Grimm 2005-10-20
Movie The Chronicles of Riddick Vaako 2004-06-11
Movie The Bourne Supremacy Kirill 2004-07-23
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King √Čomer 2003-12-01
Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers √Čomer 2002-12-18
Movie xXx Vaako 2002-08-09
Movie Ghost Ship Munder 2002-10-25
Movie Follow The Stars Home Michael 2001-05-06
Movie The Irrefutable Truth About Demons Harry Ballard 2000-05-01
Movie The Price of Milk Rob 2000-10-13
Movie Heaven Sweeper 1999-04-29
Movie Via Satellite Paul 1998-10-15
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Unknown 1995-01-29
Series Xena: Warrior Princess Caesar 1995-09-04
Movie Chunuk Bair Wellington soldier 1992-04-25
Series Shortland Street Paramedic Jamie Forrest 1992-05-25
Movie The Spy Who Loved Me John Grimm 1977-07-07