Birth Date: December 26, 1960
Birth Place: North Island, New Zealand
Notable Films: Once Were Warriors, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Moana, Couples Retreat
Awards: New Zealand Film and TV Awards (Best Actor | What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?)
Temuera Morrison Biography:
Temuera Morrison is something of a cultural icon in New Zealand. He was born in the town of Rotorua and is of Maori descent. Morrison had a keen interest in performance art as a kid and attended Western Heights High School as a child. After finishing school, he moved to higher education and attended Wesley College in Auckland. He was trained in performing arts, and this led to an early role in the movie Rangi’s Catch (1972). He took a small role in the film Other Halves (1984), and his first starring role was in the action-comedy film Never Say Die (1988).
He then played a part on the successful New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street for three years. Morrison then rose to prominence globally when he starred in the cult New Zealand film Once Were Warriors (1994). He reprised his role in the follow-up movie What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999). His biggest role came in 2002 when he won a role in Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones (2002). He played the role of bounty hunter Jango Fett and was integral to the film’s plot. In the third installment of the franchise, he played the role of Commander Cody.
Morrison’s foray into Hollywood continued, with roles in Couples Retreat (2009), Green Lantern (2011), and the Disney smash-hit Moana (2016). He also took roles in New Zealand war movie River Queen (2005), and the horror-comedy Fresh Meat (2012). Morrison is currently filming the DC movie Aquaman, directed by James Wan, that is due for release in 2018.