Karl Urban biography

Star Trek

Karl Urban

Date of Birth: June 7, 1972

Karl Urban's introduction to acting came at the age of eight, when he delivered a solitary line on a New Zealand television program. It wasn't until he completed high school that Urban returned to that world—writing, directing and starring in various stage and film productions. In 1993 Karl was offered a role on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street just as he was about to begin his postponed studies at Victoria University. After two seasons on the soap, he went to school for one year, then left to pursue his acting career full-time.

Karl made several guest appearances on a number of TV series, including the Pacific Renaissance Pictures productions Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He also starred in a children's show called Riding High, where his love of horseback riding served him very well. In 1998 Urban made his feature film debut in Heaven with Martin Donovan, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the New Zealand Film Awards for his work in the film Via Satellite that same year. In 2000 he was cast in the film The Price of Milk, and was nominated for Best Actor. He also appeared in the 2002 Warner Bros. film Ghost Ship .

Karl's prowess as a horseman was an added bonus and a bit of serendipity when he was cast to play Eomer, a warrior of the Rohan people (known as Horse-Lords) in the second and third instalments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Eomer is the nephew of Rohan's King Theoden, and he helps to shape the future of Middle-Earth in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King .

Franchise films seem to agree with Karl. He played alongside Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy (2004), the follow-up to The Bourne Identity , and also with Vin Diesel in the Pitch Black sequel Chronicles of Riddick (2004).

He played Bones in the big screen version of Star Trek (2009) and reprised his role in two more installments of the series - Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). He also took on the role of Judge Dredd for the 3D remake, Dredd (2012), a role played by none other than Sylvester Stallone in the original film and followed that up with the action flick Riddick (2013), in which he starred alongside Vin Diesel. He then starred in the Disney remake, Pete's Dragon (2016), and the sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond (2016). His most recent film is the Marvel flick Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

Karl Urban Filmography


Star Trek

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  127 min.
Release Date: May 8, 2009
DVD: November 17, 2009

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Cast: John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy, Ben Cross, Chris Hemsworth

Inspiration: Gene Roddenberry