|What do “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Dredd,” “Pathfinder,” “Priest,” “Doom,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Chronicles of Riddick,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Ghost Ship,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” and “Ghost Ship” all have in common? The talents of Karl Urban! Currently starring in “Almost Human” on Fox, Urban is making new fans and receiving rave reviews. |
Born and raised in New Zealand, Urban was an only child to his German Immigrant father and his mother, who worked at Film Facilities in Wellington, New Zealand. It was this early connection with movies that heightened Urban’s interest in film and acting. Indeed, even as a youngster, he was able to attend film screenings held for industry people and staff. Urban’s mother was good friends with comedian Ginette McDonald and they often attended live television tapings on Ginette’s comedy show, “Lynn of Tawa.” It was McDonald who cast Urban in his first ever role at age nine, in the television series, ”Ettie Route Pioneer Woman.” Though Urban only had one line of dialogue, it was a sign of success to come.
In1990 Urban expanded his acting with a role in the police series, “Shark In The Park III,” followed by an impressive role in 1992’s “White Fang” and a role in another well loved movie, “Homeward Bound.” Urban’s early determination payed off as he continued to appear in shows like “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Not afraid to tackle more complicated roles, he played the conniving Maell, who fell to a watery death after plotting to kill his brother Icus in “Altered States.”
As Urban’s list of credits grew, his determination to share his time and talents with his fans never diminished. His art form blossomed, as his acting resume included many television credits. It was the role of Eomer Eadig in “The Lord of The Rings” that made Urban’s name commonplace. Shot in New Zealand and directed by Peter Jackson, the ensemble cast brought the J.R.R. Tolkien books to the big screen in a wonderful way that impressed fans and critics alike. The trilogy was a meaty and fantastical take on the well known storyline.
Equally impressive was his work in “Star Trek” and “Star Trek- Into The Darkness.” Trekkies and fan-goers quickly accepted Urban for his role as Dr. McCoy (a.k.a., Bones)
Karl Urban shows no sign of slowing down with his current television series and roles in a list of upcoming feature films. See him live and face to face while you can!