Who is Karl Urban?
Karl-Heinz Urban is a prominent New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances in New Zealand films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess. His first Hollywood role came in 2002 in the horror film Ghost Ship. Since then, he has starred in many high-profile movies. Including; Éomer in the second and third installments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Vaako in the second and third installments of the Riddick film series, Leonard McCoy in the Star Trek reboot film series, Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy (2004), John “Reaper” Grimm in Doom (2005), Judge Dredd in Dredd (2012), Gavin Magary in Pete’s Dragon (2016), and Skurge in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok (2017). In 2013, he starred in the sci-fi series Almost Human. And he has starred as Billy Butcher in Amazon’s superhero streaming television series The Boys since 2019.
How Old Is Karl Urban?
He is 50 years old as of March 2023, having been born on June 7, 1972, in Wellington, New Zealand. Karl Urban shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Mike Pence, Masika Kalysha, Dean Martin (1917-1995), Emily Jones, and many more.
Karl Urban Family
Who are Karl Urban Parents?
He was born to Jurgen Urban (Father) and Kari Urban (Mother). His father is a German-born leather goods manufacturer whereas his mother is a New Zealand-born housewife who once worked for Film Facilities in Wellington.
Does Karl Urban have Siblings?
There is no news on the internet showing whether he has siblings or was born as an only child. In case there is news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Karl Urban Education
He received his education at St. Mark’s Church School. He then attended Wellington College from 1986-1990. And then enrolled at The Victoria University of Wellington in the Bachelor of Arts program but left after one year to pursue an acting career.
Karl Urban Marital Status
News on the internet shows that he is possibly single. However, he was previously married to Natalie Wihongi, they married in September 2004 but separated in June 2014. Moreover, Karl has been in several relationships.
Karl Urban Kids
He has two kids with his separated wife Natalie Wihongi. Two sons by the name of Hunter Urban (born in 2000) and Indiana Urban (born in 2005).
Karl Urban Career
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. But he did not act again professionally until after high school. His first Hollywood role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship. And since then, he has worked on many high-profile movies. These include; the second and third installments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Two Towers and The Return of the King) as Éomer, The Bourne Supremacy (as Russian Federal Security Service agent Kirill), The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, and Doom. The Hollywood Reporter speculated that Urban was one of several actors being considered for the part of British secret service agent 007 in Casino Royale, directed by fellow New Zealander Martin Campbell.
He then played John “Reaper” Grimm in Universal Pictures’ Doom which was released on October 21, 2005. In 2007, he starred in the Viking adventure Pathfinder. A longtime fan of Westerns, he starred in Comanche Moon as Woodrow Call. This is a television miniseries that aired in early 2008 as a prequel to the Lonesome Dove miniseries based on Larry McMurty’s book series of the same name. In 2009, he played Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the film Star Trek. He actively pursued a role in the film as he was a Star Trek fan since childhood. His performance was widely accepted by the Star Trek fan community for its faithfulness to the spirit of Kelley’s McCoy. In 2013, he reprised the role in the film Star Trek Into Darkness and in the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond.
Next, he appeared as a CIA agent William Cooper in Red, adapted from the graphic novel of the same name and co-starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He then played in the film adaptation of the Korean manhwa Priest, portraying Black Hat, a villainous priest-turned-vampire released in 3-D in 2011. In 2012, he starred as the law-enforcing comic book character Judge Dredd in the film Dredd. The following year, he starred in Almost Human as John Kennex, a TV series created by J.H. Wyman. The series was set 35 years into the future when the cops in L.A.P.D. are paired up with lifelike androids. In the series, Urban plays a detective who has a dislike for robots but ends up being teamed up with one with emotional feelings.
Next, he appeared in the ensemble thriller The Loft, a remake of the Belgian film of the same name. The film was filmed in New Orleans and Belgium by the director of 2008 original, Erik Van Looy. In January 2015, he replaced Michael C. Hall as the main antagonist in the 2016 remake of Pete’s Dragon. In 2017, he played Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok. In 2017 also, he played in the action thriller Acts of Vengeance as a psychotic cop opposite Antonio Banderas and Robert Forster. He then had a cameo in 2019 as a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In 2022, he voiced the lead role in The Sea Beast. Since 2019, he has starred in the Amazon Prime series The Boys as William “Billy” Butcher.
He serves as a celebrity ambassador for KidsCan. This is a charity that currently supports over 16,000 disadvantaged children in New Zealand by providing them with essentials such as food, clothing, and shoes. UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand welcomed Urban in May 2022 as an official Ambassador to support in raising awareness of children’s rights both in New Zealand and around the world. He together with Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood, plus writer Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson, joined Josh Gad’s YouTube series Reunited Apart on June 1, 2020. This reunites the cast of popular movies through video-conferencing and promotes donations to nonprofit charities.
Karl Urban Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 6ft 1 inch (1.85m) and a weight of 93kg (205 lbs).
Karl Urban Salary and Net Worth
From his career in acting, he has a salary of $2 million+ and a net worth of $20 million.