Karl Urban

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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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2007: Ghost - Pathfinder
2006: Nick Harvey - Out of the Blue
2000: Harry Ballard - The Irrefutable Truth About Demons
2012: Judge Dredd - Dredd
2014: Vincent Stevens - The Loft
2009: Himself - Reclaiming the Blade
1992: Wellington soldier - Chunuk Bair
2018: Danny Gallagher - Bent
2000: Rob - The Price of Milk
2005: John "Reaper" Grimm - Doom
2011: Black Hat - Priest
2013: Lord Vaako - Riddick
1998: Paul - Via Satellite
2013: Vaako - Riddick: Blindsided
2009: Earl Pike - Black Water Transit
2017: Detective Ruiney - Hangman
2019: Sgt. Rock (voice) - Sgt. Rock
2004: Vaako - The Chronicles of Riddick
2010: Michael - And Soon the Darkness
2013: Uncle Zack (voice) - Walking with Dinosaurs
2016: Dr. 'Bones' McCoy - Star Trek Beyond
2017: Strode - Acts of Vengeance
Leonard 'Bones' McCoy - Untitled Star Trek Sequel
2013: Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy - Star Trek Into Darkness
2016: Gavin - Pete's Dragon
2016: Himself - Building Star Trek
2004: Kirill - The Bourne Supremacy
2002: Munder - Ghost Ship
2009: Leonard 'Bones' McCoy - Star Trek
2010: William Cooper - RED
1999: Sweeper - Heaven
2017: Skurge / Executioner - Thor: Ragnarok
2002: Éomer - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003: Éomer - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2014: himself - Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD
2016: Himself - For the Love of Spock
2016: himself - 50 Years of Star Trek
2014: Himself (archive footage) - Lennon or McCartney
2019: Additional Voices - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

TV CREDITS:
1992: Jamie Forrest - Shortland Street
1995: Mael - Xena: Warrior Princess
2008: Woodrow F. Call - Comanche Moon
David - White Fang
2013: John Kennex - Almost Human
2019: Billy Butcher / The Butcher - The Boys