Karl Urban

 

 

Karl Urban

Wellington - New Zealand

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.

 

Movies

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Éomer
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Éomer
Pathfinder
Ghost
The Bourne Supremacy
Kirill
The Chronicles of Riddick
Vaako
Out of the Blue
Nick Harvey
The Price of Milk
Rob
Doom
John Grimm
And Soon the Darkness
Michael
Ghost Ship
Munder
Star Trek
Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
The Irrefutable Truth About Demons
Harry Ballard
Priest
Black Hat
RED
William Cooper
Dredd
Judge Dredd
The Loft
Vincent Stevens
Star Trek Into Darkness
Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
Reclaiming the Blade
Himself
Walking With Dinosaurs
Uncle Zack (voice)
Riddick
Lord Vaako
Chunuk Bair
Wellington soldier
Via Satellite
Paul
Riddick: Blindsided
Vaako
Black Water Transit
Earl Pike
Pete's Dragon
Gavin
Thor: Ragnarok
Skurge
Lennon or McCartney
Himself (archive footage)
50 Years of Star Trek
himself
Building Star Trek
Himself
Star Trek Beyond
Dr. 'Bones' McCoy
Heaven
Sweeper
Acts of Vengeance
Strode
Hangman
Detective Ruiney
Untitled Star Trek Sequel
Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy

Tv

Shortland Street
Paramedic Jamie Forrest
Xena: Warrior Princess
No character defined
Xena: Warrior Princess
Caesar
Comanche Moon
Woodrow F. Call
Riding High
James Westwood
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
No character defined
White Fang
David
Almost Human
John Kennex