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Karl Urban Biography

Birth Name:
Karl-Heinz Urban
Birth Place:
Wellington, New Zealand

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner


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