Karl Urban

Karl-Heinz Urban (born in Wellington on 7 June, 1972) is a New Zealand actor.

Life and CareerEdit

He is known for playing Éomer in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the 2009 film Star Trek. He played Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick, Staff Sergeant main hero John "Reaper" Grimm in the 2005 film Doom based on the video game of the same name, the Russian assassin Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy, Ghost in Pathfinder, and the role of Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd. He won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue.

Urban married Natalie Wihongi (who was his makeup artist on The Privateers) in September 2004, although the two have recently separated. Together they have two sons: Hunter, born November 2000, and Indiana ("Indy"), born January 2005 and named for the eponymous hero of the Indiana Jones franchise which Urban has cited as among his favorite films. They live in Auckland, New Zealand.


  • 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.
  • He is a fan of rugby union; in particular, the New Zealand All Blacks national team and likes to fish and surf in his spare time.