Birthday: 07/06/1972 Year
Age: 42 years
Place of birth: Wellington, Australia
Nationality: New Zealand
New Zealand actor; best known for his role as Eomer in the second and third picture Peter Jackson trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” and the role of the Russian assassin Kirill in Action “The Bourne Supremacy,” starring in “Pathfinders” and John Grimm in the film adaptation of the computer game «Doom». He also received recognition as an actor NZ films “The price of milk” and “bolt from the blue.”
Karl-Heinz Urban born June 7, 1972 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Son father manufakturschika, business owner leather processing, and mother, who worked in the production company. Father hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps and continue his work, but Carl loved from childhood to observe the work on the set, while mom doing things – and identified himself than fate.
Urban attended the parochial school of St. Mark’s, where he showed himself an active performer who loves to speak in public. Once he saw Sam Neill and Bruno Lawrence during the filming of “Palace of crashes.” And once one of his mother’s friends told her, “Look, we need to show children eight-year, maybe Karl could try?”. And he replied: “Yes !!!” So, his first role was in Karl 8 years in one of New Zealand television series. However, after he has never acted as a film actor, has not yet graduated from high school, even though he has already made attempts to write scripts and acted in theater productions. He even tried his hand as a director. Carl himself believes that a professional actor with 12 years.
After school, went to college Urban Wellington, he was offered a role in the New Zealand hit, the TV series “Shortland Street”, with a very specific – paramedic Jamie Forrest gay. Becoming a party to the ensemble cast of the series, Carl was in the 1993-1994 season show. and studied at the University of Victoria for one year and then dropped out in favor of an acting career. Over the years he has received several theater roles on the stages of Wellington, and being seen, eventually moved to Auckland, where he fell down a bunch of proposals for guest roles in local serials. One of the first was the role of heroin addict in police drama series «Shark In the Park».
As a film and television actor, Urban played a variety of roles in theater and commercials. In February / March 1998, he appeared in a play called “The Herbal Bed,” Maidment Theatre in Auckland. In August 1998, he played Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, staged by theater company in Auckland. The following year, Urban appeared with the role of rugby player in the next statement of the company, the New Zealand classic «Foreskin’s Lament» (literal translation of “Lament of the foreskin”).
Urban liked theatrical role, because, according to him, the immediate response from the audience is guaranteed. In the movie just did not understand how “effective” is your game, and in the theater you will find a “first-hand”.
In 1998. Carl Paul played in the comedy film «Via Satellite», for which he was nominated for best supporting actor in New Zealand. Urban starred in a series of international renown, “Hercules: The Legendary Adventure” and its spin-off “Xena – Warrior Princess,” in which he played Cupid and Julius Caesar from 1996 to 2001. Both series were filmed in New Zealand. Carl attended every conference fans in the United States devoted to “Xena” and “Hercules.” “There can be fun. Conference – this is a good opportunity to meet people who love these soap operas. And I do not care … “.
Urban won another role in the New Zealand film, the award-winning television. Actor played a major role, Rob in “rural” melodrama Harry Sinclair “The price of milk.” Later, Carl earn even more recognition, playing a policeman Nick Harvey in the drama “bolt from the blue,” based on real events that took place from 13 to 14 November 1990 in the village of New Zealand Aramoana when, during a senseless massacre killed 13 people, including one police.
The role of international
Breakthrough Urban came to Hollywood with roles in horror Steve Beck’s “Ghost Ship” in 2002. Since then, Karl has worked in several blockbusters, including “Lord of the Rings,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Chronicles of Riddick” with Vin Diesel and Judi Dench.
As for the “Lord of the Rings” Peter Jackson, Urban decided that he had missed his chance when the trilogy has already started filming in Wellington and he did not get to sample. But then Harry Sinclair, director of “The prices of milk,” Peter Jackson showed a fragment of his film with his participation – and the issue was resolved. Jackson called Urban, asking interested in whether his work in the film “The Lord of the Rings.” Karl says about that time: “I was shocked, and is an understatement. I felt as if weightless, and was in such a state of silly all week! I might be interested in … of course, be interested! ”
«Hollywood Reporter» said Urban could become one of the participants (and perhaps the main character), the film about the British secret service agent 007, “Casino Royale”, the New Zealand director Martin Campbell. But instead of “Eomer” -Urbana, yeah, handsome, yes, the right age, but the actor has not yet world-renowned for the role of Bond Daniel Craig confirmed.
Urban played John “Reaper” Grimm, one of the main characters in the film «Doom» from the studio Universal Pictures, the release of which was held October 21, 2005. Following the adaptation of the world-famous game Urban starred in the title role in kinopriklyuchenii Viking “Ranger”, which became a real box-office disappointment.
As a longtime fan of Westerns, Urban starred in the miniseries “Comanche Moon” prequel “Lonesome Dove.” In October 2007 it was announced that the actor will take the responsibility to fulfill the role of Leonard McCoy in the eleventh film “Star Trek”, chronicles the early days of Captain James Kirk and crew “Enterprise.” At present, the picture remains in the status of post-production. The same status is yet another film starring Urbana, crime drama Tony Kaye “Transit black water.”
As for the future, are preparing to shoot a new American thriller «Relentless», where, along with Rudy and Dominique Yanbladom Volski team of actors Karl Urban is registered; as well as being a fantastic action shot “Tron 2”, the output of which is claimed as many as in 2011. The main parties have become fiction Jeff Bridges, John Hurt and, of course, Karl Urban.
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