Temuera Morrison

Temuera Morrison

Highest Rated: 96% Moana (2016)

Lowest Rated: 4% Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1960

Birthplace: Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Boasting brooding good looks which have allowed him to play both edgy heroes and fearsome villains, Temuera Morrison is one of New Zealand's best-recognized actors, and perhaps the most visible Maori performer in the world. Morrison was born in the tourist community of Rotorua; his instincts as a performer came naturally, given his father's career as a musician and the fact his uncle, Sir Howard Morrison, was one of the nation's best-loved entertainers. After completing high school, Morrison briefly worked with his uncle, but before long he decided to go into acting, and studied drama through New Zealand's Special Performing Arts Training Scheme. Morrison's SPATS training led to his first film role, in the drama Other Halves, and in 1988 he got to show some comic flair in the James Bond parody Never Say Die. In 1993, Morrison was hired as the Maori dialogue advisor on the international hit The Piano, but his big break came a year later, when Morrisonwas cast as Jake Heke, an alcoholic and abusive Maori husband and father, in the acclaimed drama Once Were Warriors. Morrison's vivid performance won him the Best Actor trophy at the 1994 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, and the attention brought Morrison to Hollywood. However, Morrison's initial American roles were in a handful of would-be blockbusters which died on the vine commercially speaking, including Barb Wire, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Speed 2: Cruise Control. However, Morrison fared better at the box office with 2000's Vertical Limit, and the year before he made a triumphant return to New Zealand to star in the sequel to Once Were Warriors, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? The film did not receive the same degree of international attention as the original, but it was popular and well-reviewed in New Zealand, and Morrison's second turn as Jake won him another Best Actor prize from the New Zealand Film and TV Awards. Morrison landed his biggest hit in 2002, when he was cast as Jango Fett in the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode Two -- Attack of the Clones. ~ Mark Deming

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mosley Actor 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold Powell 2019
65% Aquaman Tom Curry 2018
47% Occupation Actor 2018
63% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One Warden Mourdain 2017
96% Moana Chief Tui $248.8M 2016
86% The Patriarch (Mahana) Tamihana Mahana 2016
No Score Yet Hard Target 2 Madden 2016
No Score Yet Fresh Meat Actor 2013
No Score Yet Mt. Zion Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption Ramusan 2012
85% Tracker Kereama 2011
26% Green Lantern Abin Sur $116.7M 2011
10% Couples Retreat Briggs $109.2M 2009
No Score Yet The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Marine 2 Damo 2009
40% Honra e Liberdade Te Kai Po 2005
78% The Beautiful Country Snakehead $0.3M 2005
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Comm. Cody 2005
22% Renegade Runi 2004
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Jango Fett $308M 2002
No Score Yet Crooked Earth Will Bastion 2001
48% Vertical Limit Major Rasul $67.8M 2000
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter The Hangman 2000
No Score Yet Ihaka Actor 2000
No Score Yet What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Jake Heke 1999
36% Six Days, Seven Nights Jager 1998
4% Speed 2 - Cruise Control Juliano 1997
24% The Island of Dr. Moreau Azazello 1996
28% Barb Wire Axel 1996
82% Broken English Manu 1996
93% Once Were Warriors Jake Heke 1994
No Score Yet Never Say Die Alf Winters 1988


Jake Heke says: Too much weights, not enough speed work.

Abin Sur says: The ring chose you....

Abin Sur says: The ring, it chose you.

Hal Jordan/Green Lantern says: A Green Lantern is supposed to be without fear...I'm not.

Jango Fett says: I'm just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.