Karl Urban

  • Birth Name: Karl-Heinz Urban
  • Birth Place: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Profession: Actor
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  • At age 8, he appeared on a New Zealand television show.
  • First major TV appearance was in 1990 on the New Zealand drama series Shark in the Park.
  • Has played both Mark Antony and Julius Caesar on stage and screen. In a 1998 Auckland Theatre Company production of Julius Caesar he starred as Antony, and he played Caesar on both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • Spoke about his experiences with sword fighting on film in the 2009 documentary Reclaiming the Blade.
  • Supports the New Zealand charity KidsCan.


  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner


  • Hunter Urban — Son
  • Natalie Wihongi — Wife
  • Indy Urban — Son


  • Attended Wellington College, Wellington, New Zealand; attended Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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