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Biography & Career Of Karl Urban

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Biography & Career Of Karl Urban

Karl-Heinz Urban is a talented New Zealand actor who has made a name for himself in both New Zealand and Hollywood productions.

He started his career with roles in New Zealand films and TV shows, including a recurring role in the popular series Xena: Warrior Princess. In 2002, he made his debut in Hollywood with a role in the horror film Ghost Ship.

Early Life And Education

Karl-Heinz Urban was born on 7 June 1972 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was raised by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Urban, and grew up with siblings whose names are unknown to the media.

Urban attended St Mark’s Church School and showed an early love for public performance. He later attended Wellington College from 1986 to 1990 and then enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program at Victoria University of Wellington. However, he left after one year to pursue a career in acting.

Career

Karl-Heinz Urban, also known as Karl Urban, is a renowned New Zealand actor who has achieved success in both film and television.

His career began in the 1980s with a small role on a New Zealand television series at the young age of eight. After high school, he continued to pursue acting and landed a role on the popular soap opera Shortland Street.

He then honed his craft through theatre roles in Wellington and guest appearances on various New Zealand shows, including Xena: Warrior Princess.

Urban’s talent and dedication have been recognized with critical acclaim for his performances in local films such as The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue.

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Karl Urban rose to fame in Hollywood in the early 2000s. He first gained attention with his role in the horror film Ghost Ship (2002) and then achieved international recognition for his performance as Éomer in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Urban went on to play the iconic character of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek reboot (2009) and its sequels. He has also showcased his versatility in action films such as RED (2010) and Dredd (2012), where he played the lead role of Judge Dredd.

More recently, Urban stars as Billy Butcher in the popular Amazon series The Boys and has also appeared in blockbuster films like Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

Awards and Nominations

Honors

New Zealand Film and Television Awards:

  • 2000: Won Film Award for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Film for Out of the Blue

Screen Actors Guild Awards:

  • 2004: Won Actor for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (shared with the cast)

National Board of Review, USA:

  • 2003: Won NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (shared with the cast)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards:

  • 2009: Won BSFC Award for Best Ensemble Cast for Star Trek (shared with the cast)

Nominations

New Zealand Film and Television Awards:

  • 2001: Nominated for Best Actor for The Irrefutable Truth About Demons

  • 2000: Nominated for Best Actor for The Price of Milk

  • 1999: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Via Satellite

Critics’ Choice Awards:

  • 2010: Nominated for Best Acting Ensemble for Star Trek (shared with the cast)

Gold Derby Awards:

  • 2010: Nominated for Ensemble Cast for Star Trek (shared with the cast)

  • 2004: Nominated (and won) for Ensemble Cast for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (shared with the cast)

  • 2003: Nominated for Ensemble Cast for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (shared with the cast)

Recent Nominations:

  • 2023: Critics’ Choice Super Awards – Best Actor in a Superhero Series (for The Boys)

  • 2023: Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards – Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama (for The Boys)

Personal Life

Karl-Heinz Urban has had a colorful personal life. He married his makeup artist, Natalie Wihongi, in 2004, and they have two sons together, Hunter Urban and Indiana Urban, named after Indiana Jones.

However, they divorced in 2014 after 10 years of marriage. Urban then dated actress Katee Sackhoff from 2014 to 2018.

Urban’s relationships have been a subject of interest to the public, but he keeps his personal life private and focuses on his successful acting career.

Discography/Filmography

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003): Urban played Éomer, a Rohan warrior, in all three films of the epic fantasy trilogy.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005): He portrayed Telmarine Captain Secundus in this fantasy film.

  • Star Trek (2009): Urban took on the iconic role of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in this reboot of the Star Trek franchise, and reprised the role in the sequels Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016).

  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017): He played Skurge, a weary guard, in this Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film.

  • The Boys (2019-present): Urban stars as Billy Butcher, a vigilante leader, in this Amazon Prime series that offers a satirical take on the superhero genre.

Net Worth

Karl-Heinz Urban, also known as Karl Urban, is a talented actor from New Zealand. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows throughout his career, gaining critical acclaim and a large fan base.

With a net worth of $20 million, Urban has proven himself to be a successful and highly sought-after actor in the entertainment industry.

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