Karl Urban

Age: 42
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

He is known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the 2009 film Star Trek and Julius Caesar on Xena: Warrior Princess. He played Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick, the Russian assassin Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy, and Ghost in Pathfinder and won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue.

His father, a German immigrant, owned a leather goods retail store, and his mother once worked for Film Facilities in Wellington, through which the young Urban was exposed to New Zealand cinema and developed an interest in the film industry. Urban attended St Mark's Church School, where he showed an early love for public performance. His first acting role came at age eight, when he had a single line in one episode of the New Zealand television series 'Pioneer Woman', but he did not act professionally again until after high school.

He attended Wellington College in 1990, then Victoria University of Wellington in the Bachelor of Arts programme for one year, but left to pursue his acting career. Over the next few years, he landed several theatre roles in the Wellington area, and eventually he moved to Auckland, where he was offered many guest roles in local shows (one of which was playing a heroin addict in the police drama Shark in the Park). The role which launched him to local fame was that of gay paramedic Jamie Forrest in the hit New Zealand TV series Shortland Street. He appeared on the show for the 1993–1994 season.

Urban then moved to Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia in 1995, returning to New Zealand the following year.


Movie Character Year
Wiwglbm5rxwdajxuhewoa7g4ggg Ghost Ship Munder 2002
9mbjbuumbbgngjv1jz2uciybaph The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Éomer 2002
J6ncju6zh7skfien5zdaotmbn4m The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Éomer 2003
Tgnj5xxw5td0sbih1umuqkhz8ga The Chronicles of Riddick Vaako 2004
Jxwzgmqotsqsxub9oghocoaegcm The Bourne Supremacy Kirill 2004
7ozj7pcnh3g8xo9xs33suipubv8 Doom John Grimm 2005
5b5wojd2qv4xru7tkvqp5haqryk Out of the Blue Nick Harvey 2006
1gn8kjyfjyaol3cr1z6lnmkelfb Pathfinder Ghost 2007
Lkqgaai9s2j2lhlkie8i9rcwyex Star Trek Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 2009
Jbwmpisxtmbmabuz4hpkmukyqen RED William Cooper 2010
Axulszxemcb6hzraagvvqpxgqkp And Soon the Darkness 2010
Fcsxemhuzhezdswcxwtp2wrcxwo Priest Black Hat 2011
Ffprypqsjwmfoi0gyrwhummdeve Dredd Judge Dredd 2012
1p7flaqsh5m53m1lu4avblsqon9 Star Trek Into Darkness Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 2013
3rw47lmvu0cauoflkdsiu3nbgf3 Riddick: Blindsided Vaako 2013
Vxk0u62pmt7kexkjlzpcocreteh Riddick Lord Vaako 2013
Syrpo4xwmreaa8yeglakwomt2a1 Walking With Dinosaurs Uncle Zack (voice) 2013
W1siziisijiwmtqvmdcvmtmvmdcvmdgvntmvmzg3l3u2r1ozcwrpetbtaezfelrxtjfgamtjttv5dy5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisiju1edc1iyjdxq The Loft Vincent 2014