Karl Urban

Biography

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.

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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Gender Male

Known Credits 37

Birthday 1972-06-07

Place of Birth Wellington - New Zealand

Adult Actor False

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2017 Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge / The Executioner
2016 50 Years of Star Trek as himself
2016 Pete's Dragon as Gavin
2016 Star Trek Beyond as Bones
2014 Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014 The Loft as Vincent
2013 Walking With Dinosaurs as Uncle Zack (voice)
2013 Almost Human(14 episodes) as John Kennex
2013 Riddick as Lord Vaako
2013 Riddick: Blindsided as Vaako
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness as Bones
2012 Dredd as Judge Dredd
2011 Priest as Black Hat
2010 RED as William Cooper
2010 And Soon the Darkness as Michael
2009 Black Water Transit as Earl Pike
2009 Star Trek as Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
2009 Reclaiming the Blade as Himself
2008 Comanche Moon(3 episodes) as Woodrow F. Call
2007 Pathfinder as Ghost
2006 Out of the Blue as Nick Harvey
2005 Doom as John Grimm
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick as Vaako
2004 The Bourne Supremacy as Kirill
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as Éomer
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Éomer
2002 Ghost Ship as Munder
2000 The Price of Milk as Rob
2000 The Irrefutable Truth About Demons as Harry Ballard
1998 Via Satellite as Paul
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess(9 episodes)
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess(44 episodes) as Caesar
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys(1 episode)
1992 Shortland Street(3,907 episodes) as Paramedic Jamie Forrest
1992 Chunuk Bair as Wellington soldier
1900 Riding High(10 episodes) as James Westwood
1900 White Fang(26 episodes) as David
1900 Shark In the Park(0 episodes) as Rohann Murdoch

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