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Temuera Morrison

Highest Rated:   96% Moana (2016)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% Moana
  • Chief Tui
$248.8M 2016
60% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Hard Target 2
  • Madden
2016
85% The Patriarch (Mahana)
  • Tamihana Mahana
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
11% 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
No Score Yet Rain of the Children
  • Actor
2008
40% Honra e Liberdade
  • Te Kai Po
2005
77% The Beautiful Country
  • Snakehead
$0.3M 2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Comm. Cody
2005
29% Renegade
  • Runi
2004
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Jango Fett
$307.9M 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
3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control
  • Juliano
1997
22% 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

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