Thursday, May 28
No Bones about it
Karl Urban was born in Wellington, New Zealand where he developed an interest in the filming industry. He went to St Mark's Church School and won his first acting role on the television series Pioneer Woman at age 8. He continued to act in school productions, and after high school launched his professional acting career. Beginning in TV commercials and theatre roles, Urban moved to Auckland and began appearing in guest spots on TV. He played the recurring characters of both Cupid and Julius Caesar on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess.
Urban continued to gain international exposure with roles in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Chronicles of Riddick. He played the role of Éomer in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and was cast as Dr. Leonard McCoy in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Urban has also played John "Reaper" Grimm in the film Doom, which was based on the video game. He starred as law-enforcing comic book hero Judge Dredd in the film Dredd, and as Detective John Kennex in Almost Human, a TV series created by J. H. Wyman. Urban next appeared in the ensemble thriller The Loft, a remake of the Belgian film of the same name. It was filmed in New Orleans and Belgium by the director of the 2008 original, Erik Van Looy.