Karl Urban

Karl Urban

  • Born on
    • June 7th, 1972
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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Acting (34 Credits)

2023Untitled Star Trek Sequel as Doctor 'Bones' McCoy
2022ARK: The Animated Series as Bob (voice)
2019DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock as Sgt. Rock (voice)
2019Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker as Stormtrooper (uncredited)
2019The Boys as Billy Butcher
2018Bent as Danny Gallagher
2017Hangman as Detective Ruiney
2017Acts of Vengeance as Strode
2017Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge / Executioner
2016Star Trek Beyond as Dr. 'Bones' McCoy
2016Pete's Dragon as Gavin
2014The Loft as Vincent Stevens
2013Riddick as Lord Vaako
2013Riddick: Blindsided as Vaako
2013Walking with Dinosaurs 3D as Uncle Zack (voice)
2013Star Trek Into Darkness as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
2013Almost Human as John Kennex
2012Dredd as Judge Dredd
2011Priest as Black Hat
2010And Soon the Darkness as Michael
2010RED as William Cooper
2009Star Trek as Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
2008Comanche Moon as Woodrow F. Call
2007Pathfinder as Ghost
2006Out of the Blue as Nick Harvey
2005Doom as John Grimm
2004The Chronicles of Riddick as Vaako
2004The Bourne Supremacy as Kirill
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as Éomer
2002Ghost Ship as Munder
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Éomer
2000Truth About Demons as Harry Ballard
2000The Price of Milk as Rob
1998Heaven as Sweeper

Himself (3 Credits)



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