Karl Urban


07 Jun 1972


Wellington, New Zealand


Karl-Heinz Urban


Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did not act again until after high school. He was offered a role in the NZ soap opera Shortland Street (1992) as he was preparing to attend Victoria University. After appearing on the series for the 1993-1994 season, he attended the university for one year, then left to pursue his acting career. Over the next few years, he landed several theater roles in the Wellington area. Eventually, he moved to Auckland, where a number of guest roles in NZ television followed. One of his first roles was that of a heroin addict in the drama series Shark in the Park (1989). He was in a movie as well, entitled Once in Chunuck Bay (aka Chunuk Bair (1992)). Other television roles followed, including a guest-starring role in the series White Fang (1993). Karl's biggest roles include Éomer in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek (2009), William Cooper in RED (2010) and Judge Dredd in Dredd (2012).

Actor ( 54 credits )

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Skurge
Into the Rainbow (2017) Consul William Stanley
Pete's Dragon (2016) Gavin
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Bones
The Loft (2014) Vincent Stevens
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2014) Himself
Short Poppies (2014)  Alex the Hair Dresser (1 episode, 2014)
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013) Uncle Zack
Riddick (2013) Vaako
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Bones
Almost Human (2013)  Detective John Kennex (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
Dredd (2012) Judge Dredd
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself
Priest (2011) Black Hat
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
And Soon the Darkness (2010) Michael
RED (2010) William Cooper
Film Fiend (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Access Hollywood Live (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Black Water Transit (2009) Earl Pike
Reclaiming the Blade (2009) Himself
Star Trek (2009) Bones
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Pathfinder (2007) Ghost
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2007-2011)
Out of the Blue (2006) Nick Harvey
Doom (2005) John Grimm
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) Kirill
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Vaako
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Eomer
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Eomer
Ghost Ship (2002) Munder
The Price of Milk (2000) Rob
Truth About Demons (2000) Harry Ballard
Heaven (1998) Sweeper
Via Satellite (1998) Paul
Cover Story (1996)  Damien Marshall (1 episode, 1996)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)  Caesar / ... (14 episodes, 1996-2001)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995)  Cupid / ... (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
Riding High (1995)  James Westwood (unknown episodes)
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
White Fang (1993)  David (1 episode, 1993)
Chunuk Bair (1992) Wellington soldier
Shortland Street (1992)  Paramedic Jamie Forrest (1993-1994) (unknown episodes)
Making of... (1992) (1 episode, 2009)
Homeward Bound (1992)  Tim Johnstone
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2013)
Shark in the Park (1989)  Rohann Murdoch (6 episodes, 1991)
Entry Level (0)
Hangman (0) Detective Ruiney

Karl Urban Related News

Chris Hemsworth Hints at the Fate of Thor's Hammer in Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth sends out a mysterious photo from the set of Thor: Ragnarok, which may confirm an earlier rumor about Mjolnir.

Chris Hemsworth Pulls Hilarious Prank on Thor: Ragnarok Director

Director Taika Waititi shares a funny prank Chris Hemsworth pulled on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, as production continues in Australia.

Karl Urban Teases His Skurge Look in Thor: Ragnarok

Star Trek Beyond star Karl Urban shaves his head to play one of the villains in Thor 3, now shooting in Australia.