Karl Urban

Karl Urban

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2018BentDanny Gallagher2018-03-09
2017HangmanDetective Ruiney2017-12-22
2017Thor: RagnarokSkurge2017-11-03
2017Acts of VengeanceStrode2017-10-27
2016Building Star TrekHimself2016-09-04
201650 Years of Star Trekhimself2016-08-14
2016Pete's DragonGavin Magary2016-08-12
2016Star Trek BeyondDr. 'Bones' McCoy2016-07-22
2015The LoftVincent Stevens2015-01-30
2014Lennon or McCartneyHimself (archive footage)2014-12-12
2014Future Shock! The Story of 2000ADhimself2014-09-19
2013Walking With DinosaursUncle Zack (voice)2013-12-20
2013RiddickLord Vaako2013-09-06
2013Riddick: BlindsidedVaako2013-07-26
2013Star Trek Into DarknessDr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy2013-05-16
2012DreddJudge Dredd2012-09-21
2011PriestBlack Hat2011-05-13
2010And Soon the DarknessMichael2010-12-17
2010REDWilliam Cooper2010-10-14
2009Black Water TransitEarl Pike2009-05-13
2009Star TrekLeonard 'Bones' McCoy2009-05-07
2009Reclaiming the BladeHimself2009-04-15
2007PathfinderGhost2007-01-11
2006Out of the BlueNick Harvey2006-10-12
2005DoomJohn Grimm2005-10-21
2004The Bourne SupremacyKirill2004-07-23
2004The Chronicles of RiddickVaako2004-06-11
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingÉomer2003-12-17
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersÉomer2002-12-18
2002Ghost ShipMunder2002-10-25
2000The Price of MilkRob2000-10-13
2000The Irrefutable Truth About DemonsHarry Ballard2000-05-01
1999HeavenSweeper1999-04-29
1998Via SatellitePaul1998-10-15
1992Chunuk BairWellington soldier1992-04-25
1970Untitled Star Trek SequelDr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy