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PERSONAL DATA OF KARL URBAN
Age: 48 years old
Height: 185 cm
Born in: Wellington, New Zealand
Born on: 07/06/1972
BIOGRAPHY OF KARL URBAN
Karl-Heinz Urban, full name of Karl Urban, he was born the June 7, 1972 in Wellington, New Zealand from a family of German descent. Thanks to his mother, who worked for Film Facilities, the young Karl came into contact with New Zealand cinema and developed a massive interest in the seventh art. Already during the first school years, spent at St. Mark’s Church School, he proved to be a talent for acting, so much so that his acting debut was not long in coming: at just eight years old, in fact, he appeared in an episode of the local TV series Pioneer Woman. Later he continues to pursue his passion in school plays, but will have to wait until the end of high school for a new professional engagement.
After graduating, he enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington, but after a year he abandoned his studies to pursue an acting career. He moves to Auckland, where he starts working mainly for TV, like the series Shark in the Park (1990), a detective drama where he plays a heroin addict. Some extras follow in sporadic episodes of White Fang (1993), in Hercules (1996) and in Xena – Warrior Princess (1996) sometimes in the role of Cupid and others as Julius Caesar. While he plays in these mythological shows, in which he will take part until 2000, he arrives the first relevant role in the cinema with the thriller Heaven – The gift of premonition (1999).
In 2000 he was entrusted with his first leading role in horror Demons as Professor Harry Ballard, grappling with the forces of evil. And yet the supernatural is king in his career at the beginning of the 2000s with Ghost Ship – Ghost Ship (2002). In the same he is at the cinema also with The Lord of the Rings – The two towers (2002) in one of the roles that gave him the most success, that of Prince Éomer, a character with which he will also take part in the sequel The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King (2003).
Building on the success of the two films directed by Peter Jackson, the New Zealand actor is offered some “bad” roles: he is the antagonist of Vin Diesel in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and that of Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy (2004). This is a flourishing period for Urban, as well as one of the most busy; now established in the international cinema scene, alongside the enemy parts, he receives starring engagements in minor films: he is the marine Reaper in horror Doom (2005), cop Nick Harvey in the drama Out of the Blue (2006) and a Nordic hero who clashes with his Norse origins in Pathfinder – the legend of the Viking warrior (2007).
In 2009 he enters a new successful fanchise, that of the reboot of Star Trek, as the galactic commander Leonard McCoy, also dressed in the sequels Into Darkness – Star Trek (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). Action comedy follows Red (2010) with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman is John Malkovich and horror Priest (2011) with Paul Bettany. Back to compete with science fiction in Dredd (2012) and for the first time in his career starring in an erotic thriller, The Loft (2014), as one of the cheating men along with James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet is Matthias Schoenaerts.
In 2013 he is on the small screen with the TV series Almost Human, in which he plays the main character, detective John Kennex, who, awakened after seventeen years in a coma, discovers that he has a synthetic limb due to an accident and that his new professional partner is an android. At the cinema he continues to work in films of various molds, ranging between genres with fantasy The invisible dragon (2016), the cinecomic Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the thriller Hangman (2017) with Al Pacino. In these films of great importance with actors on the wave of success, Urban is still relegated to the secondary role, although the characters played have a great relevance to the story. In 2018, however, he returns to be the protagonist and does so with Bent – criminal police, where he is a narcotics detective who wants to take revenge for the murder of his friend.
KARL URBAN’S MOST RECENT FILMS
Bent – Criminal Police (Bent)
Hangman- The game of hangman (Hangman)
Thor Ragnarok (Thor: Ragnarok)
Final Revenge (Acts of Vengeance)
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KARL URBAN’S MOST RECENT TV SERIES
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THE MOST RECURRING GENRES OF KARL URBAN
Action: 25% Thriller: 21% Adventure: 17% Sci-Fi: 8%
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