Karl Urban
Karl Urban
Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is also known for playing Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Caesar on Xena: Warrior Princess, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and 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.
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Film Clip: 'Star Trek Beyond'
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Watch a film clip from "Star Trek Beyond," starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban. Photo: Paramount Pictures
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Almost Human's Michael Ealy Dissects Dorian
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
Almost Human's most human character is also its least. Android Dorian (Michael Ealy) made a splash during the series premiere of Fox's futuristic thriller last week for his uncanny ability to come off as more human than his new partner, the cynical Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban). To get the specs on Dorian, TVGuide.com sat down with Ealy on the set of Almost Human: What's interesting about him is that he's actually capable of learning. Death, friendship, etc. Almost Human may feel similar to Fringe, but it's a very different future Could the pressure from those people be the thing that ultimately makes Dorian repeat his mistakes? There are people in the police force who don't like the DNR model based on what happened. Most of us probably won't know until it happens, but it's funny you say that about Maldonado because my first impression of Maldonado was that she's dirty too. Could it be Dorian? "Dorian was bad the whole time!" That's the fun thing about television shows, gro ...
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'Almost Human' Is Almost Perfect
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At first glance, "Almost Human" has a little "Total Recall"/"Blade Runner" going on. And while that might make the new Fox show seem dated, on the contrary, the futuristic cop series works because there is absolutely nothing like it on television. Sure, the buddy cop genre has been tackled to death, as has the partners-who-clash concept, but "Almost Human" is so delightfully different because of two very important things: the impeccable writing and the two leads. Karl Urban ("Star Trek") and Michael Ealy ("Common Law," another cop dramedy that centred on feuding partners -- but didn't work) make a wonderful team as Det. John Kennex and android Dorian, respectively. There were hiccups initially, of course. In Sunday's premiere, John was apprehensive of any robot partner and we understood why, but after tossing his latest robo-partner out of the car, he was eventually paired with Dorian and they seem to be a match made in high-tech heaven (well, a 2048 heaven filled with hovercraft car ...
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Karl Urban brings us the future now with ‘Almost Human’
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Some words just jump out at you. Listening to Almost Human star Karl Urban, the word is "sexbots."
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November Sweeps Roundup: Week 2
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) While Cat finally confronts her birth father about the mysterious role he's played in her life, Vincent rescues a high-profile beast's daughter who fears she's just like her dad. John Cho returns (again) as the enigmatic Andy Brooks. Will Ellen save Duncan's life now that she knows just how expandable her family is in the much larger scheme to kill the president? Sam Kass, the White House senior policy advisor on nutrition, joins kid ambassadors for the contestants' cooking challenge. When Mindy reveals her crush to Danny, he thinks she's talking about him, but it's really a lawyer named Cliff, played by It's Always Sunny's Glenn Howerton. A countdown of the top 10 political scandals in U.S. history. Molly Shannon guests as a relationship guru nicknamed "The Love Lioness" who holds a seminar that Kimmie attends. Kate Micucci returns as Lucy, Raj's ex-girlfriend, who has a run-in with Penny. Brad Garrett begins his recurring role as Gordon Lewis, ...
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'Almost Human' Premiere Date Changed To November 17
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fox has changed the premiere date for the Karl Urban sci-fi series "Almost Human" less than a month before the show was scheduled to debut. The futuristic cop series will now premiere on Sunday, Nov. 17 at approximately 8 p.m. ET following an "NFL on Fox" double-header, with the second episode premiering Monday, Nov. 18 in its regular timeslot of 8 p.m. ET, before a new episode of "Sleepy Hollow." "Almost Human" was originally supposed to debut at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 4, but Fox apparently wanted to capitalize on the football lead-in for the J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman-produced series, telling EW: "There’s a football double-header that Sunday afternoon that could serve up a huge lead-in to sample the new show." Following the conclusion of Fox's baseball coverage, "Bones" will continue to air Mondays at 8 p.m. ET with new episodes on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, before shifting to its new Friday timeslot on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Season 4 premiere of "Raising Hope," whic ...
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J.J. Abrams Goes Behind The Scenes Of 'Almost Human' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
J.J. Abrams has a lot on his plate these days with the future of both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises in his hands, but he has set aside some time to return to TV as executive producer on the new Fox series "Almost Human." Set 30 years in the future, "Almost Human" is Abrams' latest foray into sci-fi. It depicts a future so violent that each police officer is assigned an android partner. Abrams and fellow executive producer J.H. Wyman have re-teamed after working together on "Fringe" for their latest series which gives the buddy cop formula a robotic twist when detective John Kennex (played by Karl Urban) is assigned an android partner played by Michael Ealy. Minka Kelly from "Friday Night Lights" and Lili Taylor also star. "The fun of the show is to see what's possible, the potential of what's just around the corner and the beauty of a TV series is, if you're lucky, you get to continue doing that," Abrams says in the video above. In the video above Abrams and Wyman sho ...
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Exclusive! Check Out Almost Human's Promo Before Its Family Guy Debut
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Here's your first look at the extended promo for Almost Human, which Fox will debut Sunday's Family Guy premiere (9/8c). Starring Star Trek's Karl Urban and Common Law 's Michael Ealy, and set in the year 2048, Human tells the story of John Kennex (Urban), a human detective who's paired with a synthetic sidekick named Dorian (Ealy) after an ambush kills his entire crew. [...] while Wyman confirms that Human is indeed a procedural, he assures us that the futuristic setting and some seriously kick-ass tech keeps this from becoming a cookie-cutter crime show: "It's just rich with possibilities to tell stories through the scope you've never seen before."
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Riddick: Lost in the darkness
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Vin Diesel is back as cult favorite for the third installment of the intergalactic, survivor series — Riddick. From the get-go, the movie assumes our familiarity with the character; he is a wanted convict being hunted by bounty hunters across galaxies. He has the ability to see in the dark, his CGI night-vision eyes constantly glistens as he puts his head down and gets the job done. In a fairly straightforward plot, the movie picks off where it left off in The Chronicles of Riddick. After being betrayed by the Necromonger Vaako (Star Trek’s loveable doctor Karl Urban), who had promised to help him return to his home planet, Furya, in exchange for the throne, Riddick is left for dead on a barren broiling planet. He calls it Not Furya in a flash of uninspired humour. The first half of the movie is painfully slow and is mostly sans dialogue, filled with flashbacks of how Riddick got there, and his efforts to adapt to the bizarre surroundings. The openi ...
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'Almost Human' On Fox: Exclusive First Look At J.J. Abrams' New Futuristic Robot Cop Drama
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Almost Human" has been called one of the season's best new dramas, and now you can see why. We've got an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the futuristic robot cop drama, above, from J.J. Abrams and former "Fringe" boss J.H. Wyman. Set in 2048, "Almost Human" (premieres Mon., Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox) stars Karl Urban as Detective John Kennex, an officer who lost his leg on the job and is fighting against the new department policy of pairing human cops with combat-model android partners. Kennex gets paired with an android who was decommissioned for being too human-like -- or "one of the crazy ones" as Kennex says -- called the DRN, or Dorian (Michael Ealy). The featurette above, titled A Picture of Dorian, tells us more about him. "Dorian is a very human-like synthetic. He's a cop that craves to be human," Ealy says. "He's been given a second chance, and he's going to make the most of this second opportunity." "In many ways, Dorian, who's the synthetic cop, is far mor ...
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A Sad Look at the 2013 Fall TV Premieres
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Well, summer is over, folks, so now it's time to hang out with our real best friend: Television. I'm always interested in what could be the next big show, and even interested in a show that is not only big, but actually good. But sadly, most of the shows that come out in Fall are mostly terrible. Remember, Revolution? Yeah, that came out last fall. Almost Human (Fox) Synopsis: In the future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. This one stars Karl Urban (Red, Dredd 3D), and Michael Ealy (Barbershop). The only reason I'm giving it any semblance of a chance is because of Karl Urban. Dredd 3D was 90 minutes of a perfect action movie, and completely undid that mess of Judge Dredd from Stallone. If anyone should have been Batman, it should've been Urban. But anyway, the premise is would interesting if had not already done a couple dozen times before. Ironside (NBC) Synopsis: Robert T. Ironside, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair af ...
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David Brake: Daredevil and the Bat Fans: Why Affleck Should Be Given a Chance
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Internet went to town following Warner Bros. announced that two-time Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, aged 41, is to be the new Bruce Wayne in Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2. Social networks were overflowing with millions of examples of blind and unfocused anger at this news; #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck has trended on Twitter worldwide for over 24 hours. Further than that, "die hard fans" have released videos, started Facebook groups  and even started two petitions, one directed at Warner Bros, and one towards the White House pleading for Affleck's removal. As of writing the former has just over 36,000 signature with the White House petition removed due to its violations of the terms and conditions (and its overall pointlessness). This is all before the man has said a line of dialogue. So this is one corner of the Internet where Mr. Affleck's recruitment will be defended as well as shooting a disparaging look at "the haterzzz." Let's take it from the top. A larg ...
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Star Trek's Bones, Karl Urban, on Why He Would Never Do a Star Wars Movie And Hopes For An ... (Roth Cornet/IGN)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Roth Cornet / IGN: Star Trek's Bones, Karl Urban, on Why He Would Never Do a Star Wars Movie And Hopes For An Original Story For Star Trek 3  —  “I think we should strive to do something different and new [for Star Trek 3].”  —  Karl Urban is no stranger to genre films and television.
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'Dark Knight' Dilemma: With Bale Out For 'Justice League,' Who Should Play Batman?
MTV News - over 3 years
by Ryan Rigley Since Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy ended last year, Batman fans all over the world have been wondering if and when actor Christian Bale would be putting the cape and cowl back on. While Warner Bros. has been anything but discreet about their plans to make a "Justice League" film, Bale has not given a definite yes or no answer pertaining to whether or not he'd be reprising his role as the Dark Knight. That is, until this week. "We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That's enough," Bale said in a recent interview. "It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with." So now that we know for sure that neither Nolan nor Bale will have anything to do with "Justice League," we can't but wonder who will be the next Caped Crusader? Michael Fassbender Best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" and Ridley Scott's "Prometheu ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Karl Urban
  • 2013
    Age 40
    He reprised his role of "Bones" McCoy in the sequel to Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, which was released on 15 May 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Urban starred as Detective John Kennex in Almost Human, a TV series created by J. H. Wyman. The series was set 35 years into the future when cops in the L.A.P.D. are paired up with lifelike androids. Urban played a detective who has a dislike for robots but ends up being teamed up with one with emotional feelings. Urban next appeared in the ensemble thriller The Loft, a remake of the Belgian film of the same name. It was filmed in New Orleans and Belgium by the director of the 2008 original, Erik Van Looy. In May 2016, Urban was cast as Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • 2011
    Age 38
    Urban next appeared as CIA agent William Cooper in Red, adapted from the DC Comics graphic novel of the same name and co-starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He portrayed Black Hat, a villainous priest-turned-vampire, in the film adaption of the Korean manhwa Priest, released in 3-D in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Urban starred as law-enforcing comic book hero Judge Dredd in the film Dredd. In an interview with Shave magazine, Urban described it as a "high-octane, action-fueled film... about the day in the life of Dredd." The film was directed by Pete Travis, with a script by Alex Garland. Though it underperformed at the box office, Dredd was well received by critics.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    In 2009, Urban appeared as himself in the documentary film Reclaiming the Blade, discussing his sword-wielding experience in films such as The Lord of the Rings.
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    In 2009, he played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, a role famously originated by DeForest Kelley, in the eleventh Star Trek film.
    More Details Hide Details A fan of the Star Trek franchise since childhood, Urban actively pursued a role in the film. His performance was widely embraced by the Star Trek fan community for its faithfulness to the spirit of Kelley's McCoy.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    In 2007, he starred in the Viking adventure Pathfinder.
    More Details Hide Details A longtime fan of Westerns, Urban appeared as Woodrow Call in Comanche Moon, the CBS miniseries prequel to Lonesome Dove, in January 2008.
  • 2004
    Age 31
    Urban married Natalie Wihongi (who was his makeup artist on The Privateers) in September 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 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, the first movie of which he has cited as one of his favorites. They lived in Auckland, New Zealand. The couple announced their separation in June 2014. He has been dating actress Katee Sackhoff since November 2014. 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.
  • 2001
    Age 28
    In 2001, he appeared in the offbeat rural romance The Price of Milk, for which he received his first nomination at the New Zealand Qantas Film and Television Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Urban later won acclaim for his portrayal of policeman Nick Harvey in Out of the Blue, a dramatization of New Zealand's Aramoana massacre, for which he won the Qantas Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008. Urban's first Hollywood role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship. Since then, he has worked on many high-profile movies, including the second and third installments of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Two Towers and The Return of the King), 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. However he was unable to make the audition because of filming commitments. The role eventually went to Daniel Craig.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    Urban was seen on the internationally syndicated American/New Zealand TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and on its spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess, in which he played the recurring roles of both Cupid and Julius Caesar from 1996 to 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He also made an appearance as Mael in the episode "Altared States", from the first season of Xena. Both programs were filmed in New Zealand.
  • 1995
    Age 22
    Urban then moved briefly to Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia in 1995, before returning to New Zealand the following year.
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  • 1986
    Age 13
    He attended Wellington College in 1986–1990.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 1972
    Born on June 7, 1972.
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