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Sharlto Copley Biography

Birth Place:
Pretoria, South Africa
Actor, producer, director

Fast Facts

  • Named after a character on a radio show his mother listened to
  • Was such a huge fan of The A-Team television series while growing up that he formed an A-Team gang
  • Acted a bit in high school, but decided to pursue an off-screen career as a writer-director-producer
  • Cofounded a media production company after high school; also helped start a TV channel, a talent agency and a visual-effects house
  • Hired future District 9 director Neill Blomkamp to work for his media company as a computer-graphics designer when Blomkamp was 16
  • Improvised his dialogue in District 9