Karl Urban

Lowest Rated: 5% Hangman (2017)
Birthday: Jun 7, 1972
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Considering his previous experience essaying the recurring role of Julius Caesar on the popular small screen fantasy adventure series Xena: Warrior Princess, it seems only natural that New Zealand born actor Karl Urban would advance to slay orcs in Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Appearing as a somewhat more rugged version of screen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, it's obvious from his work in such films as The Price of Milk that the handsome young actor has the looks and the skills to make it on his own. A Wellington native and son of a leather goods manufacturer, Urban's first acting experience came with an appearance in a New Zealand television show at the age of eight. Though he would subsequently eschew an acting career until after graduating from high school, Urban was drawn back in front of the cameras when he was offered the opportunity to appear on an evening soap opera entitled Shortland Street while preparing to attend Victoria University. The acting bug was a bit harder to shake the second time around, and after a mere year at Victoria, Urban abandoned higher education for a career on the stages of Wellington. A relocation to Auckland found Urban gaining exposure on New Zealand television, and after a turn as a heroin addict in Shark in the Park, he made an impression in the 1998 Scott Reynolds thriller Heaven. An unaired pilot for a show called Amazon High was eventually incorporated into an episode of Xena, and Urban would next take to the screen for the gory horror outing The Irrefutable Truth About Demons. A turning point of sorts came when Urban was cast as the lead in the romantic fantasy The Price of Milk, and his performance as a milk farmer whose relationship is on the rocks found him gaining increasing recognition on the international art house circuit. Though mainstream American audiences would begin to get acquainted with Urban courtesy of his role in the seafaring horror outing Ghost Ship, his role in the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers later that same year ensured that audiences would be seeing plenty more of him in the future. Following his escapades in Middle Earth, Urban would take to the stars opposite Vin Diesel in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). Action roles continued to come at a clip when, after dodging bullets in the fast-moving sequel The Bourne Supremacy, Urban jettisoned to Mars to do battle with a particularly nasty breed of evil in the video game-to-screen adaptation Doom. From the far future to the distant past, Urban next laid down his plasma rifle to take up sword against his own people when he assumed the role of a Viking boy raised by Native Americans in director Marcus Nispel's 2006 fantasy adventure Pathfinder. He had his widest success to that point when he was cast as Bones in J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek, returning for the first of that franchise's sequel as well. In between he could be seen in the action comedy RED, as well as the 3D comic-book adaptation Dredd.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bent Danny Gallagher 2018
No Score Yet Snowblind Actor 2018
5% Hangman Detective Ruiney 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok Skurge $315M 2017
55% Acts of Vengeance Strode 2017
No Score Yet Almost Human - An Elephant's Life John Kennex 2017
88% Pete's Dragon Gavin $76.3M 2016
86% Star Trek Beyond Bones $158.9M 2016
14% The Loft Vincent Stevens $4.5M 2015
23% Walking With Dinosaurs Uncle Zack $23.5M 2013
57% Riddick Vaako $35.6M 2013
84% Star Trek Into Darkness Leonard ''Bones'' McCoy $228.8M 2013
79% Dredd Judge Dredd $13.5M 2012
15% Priest Black Hat $29.2M 2011
17% And Soon the Darkness Michael 2010
71% Red William Cooper $89M 2010
No Score Yet Black Water Transit Earl Pike 2010
94% Star Trek Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy $257.8M 2009
No Score Yet Eleven Minutes Actor 2009
No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade Actor 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon Woodrow Call 2008
84% Out of the Blue (Aramoana) Nick Harvey 2007
10% Pathfinder Ghost $10.3M 2007
19% Doom John Grimm $28.1M 2005
81% The Bourne Supremacy Kirill $176.1M 2004
29% The Chronicles of Riddick Vaako $56.9M 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Éomer $364.1M 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Éomer $339.8M 2002
15% Ghost Ship Munder $30.2M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Eomer $314.1M 2001
49% The Price of Milk Rob 2001
No Score Yet The Irrefutable Truth About Demons (Truth About Demons) Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Truth About Demons Harry Ballard 2000
60% Heaven Sweeper 1999
No Score Yet Via Satellite Paul 1998

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con
2016-2017
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
69% Almost Human
2013-2014
John Kennex
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
Woodrow Call
  • 2008
No Score Yet Xena: Warrior Princess
1995-2001
Caesar Maell Julius Caesar Cupid Kor
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
1995-1999
Caesar Cupid
  • 1998
  • 1996
67% The Boys
2019
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