Karl Urban

Karl Urban


6/7/1972, Wellington, New Zealand

Birth Name

Karl-Heinz Urban


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Karl Urban started acting at only eight years old, with his first acting job on a television show as a child peeking in a window. After his acting as a child, Karl took a break. He started acting again while in high school where he would write and…more


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    • Karl: (on his new show Almost Human) At the end of the day, the show is about fun…We want to deliver an action-packed, fun, intriguing episode every week, where we're dealing with cases that you're not necessarily [going to] find on any other contemporary show...[W]e're going to give the audience a really wonderful mixture, this combination of fun and action-packed cop show that's a little bit different.

    • Karl: My philosophy is whatever you do, you've got to invest in yourself. If you don't, there are a lot of people out there who will get the job because they're more prepared than you.

    • Karl Urban: (On filming "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy in New Zealand) I got to see more of my country shooting this trilogy than I had living there my entire life. We went to places I had no idea existed. I thought I knew my country, but now I know I didn't. I'm hoping one day I can go back to those places.

    • (Karl on if he would return to Xena: Warrior Princess after the death of his character, Julius Caesar in the episode "The Ides of March". He said he would love to return to the series, but the only thing he could say for sure is that it would not be as his character Julius Caesar, it would have to be as another character. In a twist of humor, Karl did return to play on Xena after that, and in the episode "When Fates Collide" he came back as Caesar.)
      Karl: Caesar will not be back! You never know what could happen on Xena, but I really doubt they'd bring him back. I'm sure that "Ides of March" was the end of Caesar. 52 stab wounds in the back seems pretty final to me.

    • Karl Urban: (On his fondest memory of working with Peter Jackson while shooting the Lord of the Rings trilogy) Peter's really open to the humor in the day-to-day. One time we were referencing a line in the book 'We counted all the slain and despoiled them, then we piled the carcasses and burned them.' Of course we went on all sorts of disgusting tangents about what else these Rohan soldiers did to the poor orcs.

  • From dark and ambitious Caesar, to the fun-loving Cupid, Karl brought a brilliant presence to Xena.

    Karl Urban as Julius Caesar and Cupid on Xena brought a level of acting talent, and a true on-screen presence that was matched by few other guest stars.

    Caesar's effect on Xena throughout her life was undeniable, and as Caesar few others brought the drama, danger and sexiness to the show that he did consistently.

    From early on it became clear that Karl was a cut above. His outstanding moments in "Destiny", "The Ides of March" and "When Fates Collide" (just to name a few) were spine-tingling. He owned the character and his chemistry with Lucy Lawless was undeniable.

    As Cupid, he brought a real sense of 'coolness' to the show, and a genuine sense of fun - Cupid was all about being sexy and having a good time.

    There is no doubt that Xena would not have been the same show without Karl - he helped to make it unforgettable and an all-time classic.moreless
  • He is a perfect Cupid

    When I saw him at first a s cupid, my jaw droppedl. He was sjust so handosme. Then when I learned he was going to be in Lord of the Rings the two towers and Return of hte King, my heart skipped a beat. I was jsut so happy. I usually lov e what ever he is in. Even th e movie Doom I enjoyed because he was in it. The movie itself wsa okay, but he made it a whole lot better. HE s no ocsar winning actor, but he may improve. But his looks sure do make up for it. He is still a better actor than the rock or than vin disela, his otjer costars.moreless