Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1972-06-07 (48 years old)
43 Movies · 8 TV Series
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Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances in New Zealand films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess. His first Hollywood role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship. Since then, he has appeared in many high-profile movies, including the second and third instalments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Éomer. He has also portrayed Leonard McCoy in the Star Trek reboot film series, Vaako in the Riddick film series, and Judge Dredd in Dredd. Since 2019, he has starred as Billy Butcher in Amazon's web television series The Boys.
Urban married his long time partner, Natalie Wihongi (who was his makeup artist for the 2000 television film The Privateers), in September 2004. Together they have two sons: Hunter, born 16 December 2000, and Indiana ("Indy"), born 28 June 2005 and named for the eponymous hero of the Indiana Jones franchise, the first movie of which he has cited as one of his favourites. They lived in their NZ$5.25 million mansion in the affluent Herne Bay section of Auckland, New Zealand. The couple announced their separation in June 2014, selling their home for NZ$6.65 million in December 2014. From 2014 to 2018, he was in a relationship with actress Katee Sackhoff.Urban serves as a celebrity ambassador for KidsCan, a charity which currently supports over 16,000 disadvantaged children in New Zealand by providing them with essentials such as food, clothing and shoes.
Urban was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His father, a German immigrant, owned a leather goods store, and his mother once worked for Film Facilities in Wellington. Through his mother, the young Urban was exposed to classic New Zealand cinema and developed an interest in the film industry. Urban attended St Mark's Church School, where he showed an early love for public performance. His first acting role came at age eight, when he had a single line in one episode of the New Zealand television series Pioneer Woman. Though continuing to take part in school stage productions, he did not act professionally again until after high school. He attended Wellington College in 1986–1990. He then enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington in the Bachelor of Arts program but left after one year to pursue a career in acting. Over the next few years, he appeared in several local TV commercials in addition to theater roles in the Wellington area. Eventually, he moved to Auckland where he was offered many guest roles in TV shows (one of which was playing a heroin addict in the police drama Shark in the Park). Urban then moved briefly to Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia in 1995 before returning to New Zealand the following year.
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Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys
Aftershow for the show "The Boys" featuring members of the cast, creative team and other special guests.
A short film in the world of Amazon Prime's "The Boys" which reveals what happened during Billy Butcher's missing couple of weeks after the events of the show's first season.
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A group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys” set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock
The story of a fictional World War II American sergeant who led his rag-tag infantry unit, Easy Company, to victory throughout Europe. A DC Showcase animated short movie.
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his home-world and the end of Asgardian civiliz...
Acts of Vengeance
A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.
A homicide detective teams up with a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children's game, Hangman.
For the Love of Spock
The life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock — as well as that of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock for almost fifty years —written and directed by his son, Adam.
50 Years of Star Trek
Over the last fifty years, America has been fascinated by Star Trek since it first aired in September of 1966. This 2-hour documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary through interviews with cast and ...
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a ...
Star Trek Beyond
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Building Star Trek
When "Star Trek" first aired in 1966, it expanded the viewers' imaginations about what was possible in their lifetimes. Today, many of the space-age technologies displayed on the show, like space shut...
Lennon or McCartney
550 artists were interviewed over ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one word only. Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered q...
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD
A long overdue documentary that tells the story of 2000AD, the unsung cult hero of the comics industry. This film will celebrate and pay respect to the comic and explore its importance and influence ...
For five men, the opportunity to share a penthouse in the city -- in which to carry on extramarital affairs -- is a dream come true, until the dead body of an unknown woman turns up. Realizing that he...
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Star Trek Into Darkness
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world...
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D is a film depicting life-like 3D dinosaur characters set in photo-real landscapes that transports audiences to the prehistoric world as it existed 70 million years ago. The f...
This motion comic gaps the bridge between 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick, and 2013's Riddick. A new attempt on Lord Marshal Riddick's life is made on the Necromongers' ship. It's time for Riddick to...
Riddick was betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, and he became more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Bounty hunters from all over the universe descend on Riddick on...
The year is 2048. By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot. Detective John Kennex returns to work after waking up from a 17-month coma. As he adjusts to working with his new partner, Dorian, a ...
And Soon the Darkness
When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized.
When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent, Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.
Reclaiming the Blade
The Medieval and Renaissance blade, a profound and beautiful object handcrafted by master artisans of old. An object of great complexity, yet one with a singular use in mind- it is designed to kill. T...
Black Water Transit
In this action thriller set in post-Katrina New Orleans, business owner Jack Vermillion (Laurence Fishburne) is struggling to run a legitimate shipping company while bad guy Ernest Pike (Karl Urban) i...
The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects...
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Home of the Horse Lords
A look at the horse wranglers and stunts in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Cameras in Middle-Earth
An inside look at the filming process of the 2003 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The Bourne Supremacy
A rival CIA agent shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living after blowing up a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents. When the pair run for their ...
The Chronicles of Riddick
After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible bat...
The Battle for Helm's Deep Is Over...
A documentary about the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
A documentary about Weta Workshop's work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Cameras in Middle-Earth
A documentary about the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship attempt to save Gondor from the forces of Sauron. The ring is taken closer to the hea...
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The One Ring of Power is being destroyed by Frodo and Sam while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn are searching for the orc captured by Merry and Pippin. The Orthanc Tower in Isengard is where the Fellowship...
After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of biza...
The Truth About Demons
In the place between what you know, and what you fear, demons rule. All hope is stripped away as demonic forces overcome you. Dr. Harry Ballard has just unearthed the essence of evil. He’s a marked ma...
The Price of Milk
New Zealand milk farmer Rob gives his lover Lucinda a ring. Trying to spark up her relationship with Rob, she takes her friend Drosophila's advice and starts to try and make Rob angry. But she tends t...
2 TV Series
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
The legendary son of Zeus journeys across the earth fighting monsters and helping people.
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena is an infamous warrior on a quest to seek redemption for her past sins against the innocent. Accompanied her comrade-in-arms Gabrielle, the campy couple use their formidable fighting skills to he...
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