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Also Known As: Karl-Heinz Urban Died:
Born: June 7, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wellington, NZ Profession: actor

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A sturdy lead and character actor with a natural affinity for physical roles, Karl Urban was a New Zealand-born performer who rose to popularity with notable roles in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003), as well as "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "Doom" (2005). Urban excelled at playing men of action, like the proud horseman in Peter Jackson's fantasy epics and the cold-blooded killer in "Bourne," but fans who took the time to explore Urban's cv found more subtle performances in smaller projects like "The Price of Milk" (2000), which cast him as a romance-minded farmer, or "Out of the Blue" (2006), where he played a small town policeman caught in the middle of a shootout. His adaptability in a variety of genres kept him busy in Hollywood features, which reached a high point when he was cast as Dr. McCoy in J. J. Abrams' origin story for "Star Trek" (2009). It also made him a capable and highly watchable actor whose star continued to ascend with each subsequent project.

A sturdy lead and character actor with a natural affinity for physical roles, Karl Urban was a New Zealand-born performer who rose to popularity with notable roles in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003), as well as "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "Doom" (2005). Urban excelled at playing men of action, like the proud horseman in Peter Jackson's fantasy epics and the cold-blooded killer in "Bourne," but fans who took the time to explore Urban's cv found more subtle performances in smaller projects like "The Price of Milk" (2000), which cast him as a romance-minded farmer, or "Out of the Blue" (2006), where he played a small town policeman caught in the middle of a shootout. His adaptability in a variety of genres kept him busy in Hollywood features, which reached a high point when he was cast as Dr. McCoy in J. J. Abrams' origin story for "Star Trek" (2009). It also made him a capable and highly watchable actor whose star continued to ascend with each subsequent project.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wonder, The (2014)
4.
 Riddick (2013)
6.
 Red 2 (2013)
7.
 Overdrive (2012)
8.
 Priest (2011)
9.
 Red (2010)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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First acting role, delivered one line on a New Zealand TV show at age eight
1990:
Played a heroin addict in police drama "Shark in the Park"
1993:
Cast as a paramedic in New Zealand drama "Shortland Street"
1996:
Appeared on internationally syndicated shows "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," playing both Cupid and Julius Caesar
2000:
Starred in offbeat rural romance "The Price of Milk"
2002:
Made Hollywood film debut in "Ghost Ship"
2002:
Landed breakthrough role as √Čomer in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003)
2004:
Cast as Kirill, a Russian secret service agent in "The Bourne Supremacy" opposite Matt Damon
2004:
Co-starred in "The Chronicles of Riddick" with Vin Diesel and Judi Dench
2005:
Starred in Andrzej Bartkowiak's adaptation of hit video game "Doom"
2007:
Played the lead in the Viking film "Pathfinder"
2007:
Announced he will portray a young Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" (2009)
2010:
Joined Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman in action thriller "Red"
2012:
Took over from Sylvester Stallone to play Judge Dredd in "Dredd 3D"
2013:
Reprised the role of McCoy in "Star Trek Into Darkness"
2013:
Reunited with Diesel for "Riddick"
2013:
Filmed the pilot for the TV show "Almost Human"
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Education

Wellington College: -
Victoria University: -
St Mark's Church School: -

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son:
Hunter Urban. Born in 2000.

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