Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1975-08-16 (47 years old)

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Biography

Taika David Cohen (born 16 August 1975), known professionally as Taika Waititi ( TY-kə WY-tee-tee), is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian. He is a recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award, and has received two nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards. His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film.Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world on its annual list in 2022. Waititi's 2003 short film Two Cars, One Night earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. He co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement, which was adapted into a television series of the same name in 2019. The series has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. His most recent directing credits include the superhero films Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) as well as the black comedy film Jojo Rabbit (2019), the last of which he also wrote and starred in as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. Jojo Rabbit received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Waititi also earned a Grammy Award for producing the film's soundtrack. In television, Waititi co-created and executive produces the dramedy series Reservation Dogs, and directs, executive produces, and stars in the comedy Our Flag Means Death. In addition to directing an episode of the series The Mandalorian, he also voiced the character IG-11, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

Personal Life

Waititi was in a relationship with New Zealand actress and writer Loren Horsley for ten years: she co-wrote and acted in his directorial debut, Eagle vs Shark. Waititi married New Zealand film producer Chelsea Winstanley in 2011. They have two daughters. He and Winstanley separated in 2018. Since 2021, Waititi has been in a relationship with British singer Rita Ora.Waititi incorporates his Māori and Indigenous heritage into his projects, such as by including "Indigenous attachments" and conducting a Welcome to Country ceremony during the start of filming on set in Australia. He is an executive producer of the New Zealand films The Breaker Upperers (2018), Baby Done (2020), and Night Raiders (2021), all directed by Māori or Indigenous filmmakers. Waititi's cousin Tweedie Waititi, whom he considers a sibling, began producing and directing Māori language versions of Disney animated films due to Waititi, which she does alongside his former partner Winstanley.

Early Life

Taika David Cohen was born on 16 August 1975 in Raukokore in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island, and grew up on both the East Coast and in the Aro Valley of Wellington. His father was an artist of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui descent, whilst his mother, Robin Cohen, was a schoolteacher. Waititi stated that his mother's family were Russian Jews "mixed with a bit of Irish" and other European ancestry, while his father's side was "Māori and a little bit of French Canadian". Waititi describes himself as a "Polynesian Jew". He was raised more connected to his Māori roots, in a household where Judaism was not "actively practis[ed]".Waititi's parents split up when he was around five, and he was raised primarily by his mother. He attended Onslow College, then studied theatre at Victoria University of Wellington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997. He originally used his mother's surname, Cohen, for his work in film and writing, and his father's, Waititi, for visual arts endeavours. Following the success of his first short film, he continued to use Waititi professionally.

Filmography

All 77

Movies 51

TV Shows 26

Director 20

Self 15

Producer 9

Voice 5

Writter 4

Director
Next Goal Wins

Next Goal Wins (2023)

Movie
Director
Belvedere Presents Daniel Craig

Belvedere Presents Daniel Craig (2022)

Movie
Self - Writer / Director / Korg
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Movie
Director
Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Movie
7.29
Mo Morrison
Lightyear

Lightyear (2022)

Movie
6.86
Edward Teach / Blackbeard / Executive Producer / Director
Our Flag Means Death

Our Flag Means Death (2022)

TV Show
Self
That's My Jam

That's My Jam (2021)

TV Show
Max Kase
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

Movie
1
Executive Producer
Night Raiders

Night Raiders (2021)

Movie
Antwan
Free Guy

Free Guy (2021)

Movie
7.11
Korg (voice)
What If...?

What If...? (2021)

TV Show
8.17
Writer
Reservation Dogs

Reservation Dogs (2021)

TV Show
Ratcatcher
The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad (2021)

Movie
6.86
Self - Special Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under (2021)

TV Show
Ralph (voice)
Save Ralph

Save Ralph (2021)

Movie
9
Executive Producer
Baby Done

Baby Done (2020)

Movie
Westley
Home Movie: The Princess Bride

Home Movie: The Princess Bride (2020)

TV Show
Self
Russo Bros. Pizza Film School

Russo Bros. Pizza Film School (2020)

TV Show
Self - Director & Voice of IG-11
Disney Gallery / Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Disney Gallery / Star Wars: The Mandalorian (2020)

TV Show
Storsh
Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee

Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee (2019)

Movie
IG-11 (voice) / Director
The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian (2019)

TV Show
6.12
Adolf
Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Movie
6.33
Musician
Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit (2019)

TV Show
Korg (voice)
Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Movie
6.67
Executive Producer / Original Film Writer / Viago Von Dorna Schmarten Scheden Heimburg / Director
What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows (2019)

TV Show
6.67
Self
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2019)

Movie
Executive Producer
Your Name Isn't English

Your Name Isn't English (2018)

Movie
Bartender
Shrimp

Shrimp (2018)

Movie
Writer
Wellington Paranormal

Wellington Paranormal (2018)

TV Show
9
Self - Narrator
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks

All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks (2018)

TV Show
Executive Producer
The Breaker Upperers

The Breaker Upperers (2018)

Movie
Director
Team Darryl

Team Darryl (2018)

Movie
Director
Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Movie
6.36
Director
Team Thor: Part 2

Team Thor: Part 2 (2017)

Movie
Thanks
Moana

Moana (2016)

Movie
6.71
Director
Team Thor

Team Thor (2016)

Movie
Himself
Poi E: The Story of Our Song

Poi E: The Story of Our Song (2016)

Movie
Director
Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Movie
7.2
Self
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)

TV Show
5.5
Self
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)

TV Show
Viago
What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Movie
7
Glootie (voice)
Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty (2013)

TV Show
6.31
The Captain
The Captain

The Captain (2013)

Movie
Director
Blazed

Blazed (2013)

Movie
Tom Kalmaku
Green Lantern

Green Lantern (2011)

Movie
7.17
Director
Super City

Super City (2011)

TV Show
Director
42 One Dream Rush

42 One Dream Rush (2010)

Movie
Various
Radiradirah

Radiradirah (2010)

TV Show
Alamein
Boy

Boy (2010)

Movie
Director
Eagle vs Shark

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

Movie
6.38
Gypsy Kings Fan / Director / Writer
Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords (2007)

TV Show
7
Waiter
Futile Attraction

Futile Attraction (2005)

Movie
Viago
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires

What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires (2005)

Movie
Judge, Defendant, Lawyer, Defendant, Jury member
Heinous Crime

Heinous Crime (2004)

Movie
Frodo Baggins
Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!

Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!! (2004)

Movie
Jack Hammer
Toy Boy

Toy Boy (2004)

Movie
Director
Two Cars, One Night

Two Cars, One Night (2004)

Movie
Director
Tama Tū

Tama Tū (2004)

Movie
Self
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

TV Show
5.15
Graham (voice)
Tongan Ninja

Tongan Ninja (2002)

Movie
Mostin
The Strip

The Strip (2002)

TV Show
Nelson
Snakeskin

Snakeskin (2001)

Movie
Max
A New Way Home

A New Way Home (2001)

Movie
Alex
Scarfies

Scarfies (1999)

Movie
Self
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

TV Show
6.1
Self - Host
MTV Europe Music Awards

MTV Europe Music Awards (1994)

TV Show
Self
The Oscars

The Oscars (1953)

TV Show
Executive Producer
Frybread Face and Me

Frybread Face and Me

Movie
Executive Producer / Director / Writer
Time Bandits

Time Bandits

TV Show
Director
Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

Movie
Director
Untitled Taika Waititi Star Wars Film

Untitled Taika Waititi Star Wars Film

Movie
Executive Producer / Director
Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown

TV Show
Writer
Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Movie
Writer
We're Wolves

We're Wolves

Movie
Director
Akira

Akira

Movie
Director
The Incal

The Incal

Movie

Ratings

Average 6.55
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Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1975-08-16 (47 years old)

Birth name
Maau

Place of birth
Raukokore, New Zealand

Height
184-centimetre, 184-centimeter

Relationships
Chelsea Winstanley (2011-01-01 - 2018-01-01), Rita Ora

Siblings
Tweedie Waititi

Citizenships
New Zealand

Residences
Los Angeles, United States of America

Also known as
Taika David Cohen, 타이카 와이티티

Awards
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Zealander of the Year Awards, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay


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