George Henare, CNZM, OBE

Vitals

Gender
Male
Age Range
65 - 75
Height
177cm
Base Location
Melbourne
Available In
International
Skills
Actor, Musical Theatre, Prof. Singer, Voice Artist
Hair
Silver
Eye
Brown
Memberships
Actors Equity NZ, M.E.A.A

Agent

New Zealand Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency

Australian Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency (Aus)
Feature Photo
George Henare, CNZM, OBE

Credits

Musical Theatre

2020
Amos / Dumbledore
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Michael Cassel Group
John Tiffany
2019
Amos / Dumbledore
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Michael Cassel Group
John Tiffany
2018
The Sultan
Aladdin (Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth Seasons)
Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd
Casey Nicholaw
2017
The Sultan
Aladdin (Sydney & Melbourne Seasons)
Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd
Casey Nicholaw
2016
The Sultan
Aladdin (Sydney Season)
Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Casey Nicholaw
2016
Sir Joseph Potter
HMS Pinafore
Ben McDonald Productions
Geraldine Brophy
2013
Major General
Pirates of Pinzance
Ben McDonald Ltd
Raymond Hawthorne
2010
The Kralahom
The King and I
Melbourne Production Company
2005
Fagin
Oliver - The Musical
Christchurch Court Theatre
Catherine Downes
2004
Juan Peron
Evita
Stewart and Tricia Macpherson
Michael McLean
1985
The King of Siam
The King and I
The Mercury Theatre

Stage

2016
Frank
Educating Rita
Court Theatre
Yvonne Martin
2016
Werihe
Te Po
Theatre Stampede & Nightsong Productions
Ben Crowder
2015
Henri
Heroes
Auckland Theatre Company
Alison Quigan
2015
Narrator
NZSO "Letters from the Front"
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Michael Williams
2015
Dr Roberto Miranda
Death and the Maiden
Newmarket Stage Company
John Callen
2014
Narrator
Letters of Note (Readings)
2014 Auckland Writers' Festival
Anne O'Brien (Festival Director)
2014
Morrie
Tuesdays with Morrie
Newmarket Stage Company
Adey Ramsel
2013
Hoke Colburn
Driving Miss Daisy
Tadpole Productions
Louise Wallace
2013
Maurice
You Can Always Give Them Back
Circa Theatre
Jane Waddell
2013
Cecil/Countryman/Courtier
Anne Boleyn
Auckland Theatre Company
Colin McColl
2012
Dr Frank Bryant
Educating Rita
Newmarket Stage Company
Adey Ramsel
2012
Willy Loman
Death of a Salesman
Peach Theatre Company
Jesse Peach
2012
Maurice
You Can Always Hand Them Back
Centrepoint Palmerston North
Jeff Kingsford-Brown
2012
Werihe
Awatea
Auckland Theatre Company
Colin McColl
2011
Brabantio
Othello
Peach Theatre Company
Jesse Peach
2011
Ambassador Aubespine
Mary Stuart
Auckland Theatre Company
Colin McColl
2010
Al Fieri
View from the Bridge
Peach Theatre Company
Jesse Peach
2009
Harvy
Four Flat Whites
Auckland Theatre Company
Janice Finn
2007
Henri
Heroes
Circa Theatre
Ross Jolly
2007
Alan
Who Wants to be 100
Auckland Theatre Co
Alison Quigan
2007
Giles Corey
The Crucible
Auckland Theatre Co
Colin McColl
2007
Caldwell B Cladwell
Urine Town
Downstage Theatre
Cathy Downes
2006
Sir Toby Belch
Twelfth Night
Auckland Theatre Company
Michael Hurst
2006
Narrator
A Matter of Life & Death
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Maestro Milanov
2006
Dracula
Dracula
Downstage Theatre
Cathy Downes
2005
Frankfurter
The Rocky Horror Show
Christchurch Court Theatre
Cathy Downes
2005
Narrator - Sporting Life
Porgy and Bess Concert
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Elric Hooper
2005
Kofi Annan, Collin Powell, Narrator
Stuff Happens
Compnay B Belvoir St Sydney
Neil Armfield
2005
Ross
The Goat or Who is Sylvia
Christchurch Court Theatre
Cathy Downes
2005
Willy Loman
Death of a Salesman
Circa Theatre
Susan Wilson
1991
Rene Gallimard
M Butterfly
The Mercury Theatre
1991
Antonio Salieri
Amadeus
The Mercury Theatre
1977
Cupid in Transit
Mercury Theatre
1977
Man of La Mancha
Mercury Theatre
1977
Diary of a Madman
Mercury Theatre
1977
The Last of the Knucklmen
Mercury Theatre
1977
Trumpets and Dru
Mercury Theatre
1977
Well Hung
Mercury Theatre
1976
More Canterbury Tales
Mercury Theatre
1976
Chermin de fer
Mercury Theatre
1976
From Berlin to Broadway
Mercury Theatre
1976
The Duchess of Malfi
Mercury Theatre
1976
Chermin de fer
Mercury Theatre
1976
Otherwise Engaged
Mercury Theatre
1976
Agincourt
Mercury Theatre
1976
Toad of Toad Hall
Mercury Theatre
1976
A Little Night Music
Mercury Theatre
1976
Savages
Mercury Theatre
1976
Tarantara! Tarantara
Mercury Theatre
1976
Happy Arcadia
Mercury Theatre
1975
Marieken
Mercury Theatre
1975
Kiss Me Kate
Mercury Theatre
1975
A Marvellous Party
Mercury Theatre
1975
Travesties
Mercury Theatre
1975
The Mouse Man
Mercury Theatre
1975
The Taming of the Shrew
Mercury Theatre
1975
Elephant,
Mercury Theatre
1975
London Assurance
Mercury Theatre
1975
Pinocchio's Travelling Circus
Mercury Theatre
1975
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoa
Mercury Theatre
1974
The Sea Horse
Mercury Theatre
1974
Cabaret
Mercury Theatre
1974
An Evening with Katherine Mansfield
Mercury Theatre
1974
Ground Level
Mercury Theatre
1974
The Wizard of O
Mercury Theatre
1974
Lear
King Lear
Mercury Theatre
1974
Equus
Mercury Theatre
1974
Absurd Person Singular
Mercury Theatre
1974
Heroes and Butterflies
Mercury Theatre
1974
Three Sisters
Mercury Theatre
1974
Jacques Brel
Mercury Theatre
1974
A Little Night Music
Mercury Theatre
1974
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Mercury Theatre
1974
Macbett
Mercury Theatre
1974
You Can't Take It with You
Mercury Theatre
1973
Lear
Mercury Theatre
1973
Annie Get Your Gun
Mercury Theatre
1973
Macbeth
Mercury Theatre
1973
Mister King Hongi
Mercury Theatre
1973
Butley
Mercury Theatre
1973
The Misanthrope
Mercury Theatre
1973
The Owl and the Pussy Cat
Mercury Theatre
1972
Lulu
Mercury Theatre
1972
Guys and Dolls
Mercury Theatre
1972
There's a Leek in Your Hat
Mercury Theatre
1972
You Never Can Tell
Mercury Theatre
1972
The Skin of our Teeth
Mercury Theatre
1972
Love's Laour's Lost
Mercury Theatre
1972
Threepenny Opera
Mercury Theatre
1972
A Man for All Seasons
Mercury Theatre
1972
Conduct Unbecoming
Mercury Theatre
1972
Charley's Aunt
Mercury Theatre
1972
Kean
Mercury Theatre
1972
MacRune's Guevara
Mercury Theatre
1971
Canterbury Tales
Mercury Theatre
1971
Sergeant Musgrave's Dance
Mercury Theatre
1971
The Country Wife
Mercury Theatre
1971
Forget-Me-Not Lane
Mercury Theatre
1971
Peer Gynt
Mercury Theatre
1971
Oh What a Lovely War
Mercury Theatre
1971
As You Like It
Mercury Theatre
1971
Tiki and Things That Go Bump in the Night
Mercury Theatre
1971
Prospect from the Park
Mercury Theatre
1971
The Magistrate
Mercury Theatre
1971
The Hostage
Mercury Theatre
1971
The Lark
Mercury Theatre
1968
Speed
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Downstage Theatre
1965
Porgy and Bess
New Zealand Opera Company

Feature Film

2014
Tane
The Dead Lands
GFC (Warrior) Limited
Toa Fraser
2009
Orchard Worker
The Lovely Bones
DWNZ Productions
Peter Jackson
2003
Johnny Lingo (Lead)
The Legend of Johnny Lingo
The Stable
Steven Ramirez
2002
Detective Ramos
Vector File
Scary X Films
Eliot Christopher
2002
Manuel Fuentes
Atomic Twister
Once Upon A Time Films
Bill Corcoran
2001
Tipene
Crooked Earth
Communicado
Sam Pillsbury
1994
Bennett
Once Were Warriors
Communicado Productions
Le Tamahori
1994
Tupa
Rapa Nui
Majestic Films International
Kevin Reynolds
1986
Raving Polynesian Man
Queen City Rocker
Mirage Films
Bruce Morrison
1984
Paui Te Po
The Silent One
Gibson Group
Yvonne Mackay

Short Film

2012
Man
The Last Supper
Richard Green
1996
Actor
Mananui
James Wallace Productions
Poata Eruera

Television

2020
Wapiti (Voice of)
Darwin & Newts Season 2 (in production/post-production)
Whitebait Media
Jason Gunn
2019
Wapite (Voice of)
Darwin & Newts Season 2 (in production)
Whitebait Media
Jason Gunn
2018
Wapiti (Voice of)
Darwin & Newts Season 1
Whitebait Media
Jason Gunn
2011
Monty
Billy T: Te Movie
Comedia Pictures Ltd
Peter Burger
2011
Geordie Stevens
Emilie Richards-Der Zauber von Neuseeland
Polyphon International Film ind Fernseh
John Delbridge
2011
Henare Ngatai
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
Various
2010
Eddie
Stolen
South Pacific Pictures
Britta Johnstone
2010
Kawiti
Waitangi: What Really Happened
Eyeworks Film & TV Drama Ltd
Peter Burger
2010
Hamiora Williams
Nights In The Gardens of Spain
Cinco Cine Cabrio Ltd
Katie Wolfee
2009
Ray Judd
Outrageous Fortune
South Pacific Pictures
Various
2009
George Henare (Himself)
Bro' Town
Firehorse Films
Various
2009
Lee Kaa
Kaitangata Twitch
Maori Television
2006
PA
Kai Korero - Comedy Series
Front of the Box
Greg Mayor
2006
Wirimu Rata
Kai Korero
Front of Box Productions
2003
Manu Bishop
Mercy Peak 2001 - 2003
South Pacific Pictures
Various
2002
Manuel Fuentes
Atomic Twister
Once Upon a Time Films
Bill Corcoran
2002
Detective Ramos
Vector Files
Daybreak Pacific
Eliot Christopher
2002
Uncle Ben
Mataku
South Pacific Pictures
Various
2002
District Commander
Street Legal
Screenworks
Various
2001
Chief Tohu & Tai Bell
Nga Tohu
Manukau Films
Andrew Bancroft
2001
Actor
Haruru Mai
Briar Grace Smith
2001
Des Tahuhu
Love Mussel
Frame Up Films
Michael Hurst
2000
Nutoa
Beastmaster
Cootes Hayes Productions
Various
2000
Zanga Cheif
The Lost World
Telescene Film Group Productions
Michael Offer
2000
Actor
Tales of the South Seas
South Pacific Pictures
Scott Hartford-Davis
1999
Judge
City Life
Television New Zealand
Various
1999
Zarathustra
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Pacific Renaissance
Bruce Campbell & Robert Radler
1999
President
The Tribe
Cloud 9 (The Tribe) Limited (New Zealand
Costa Botes
1999
Te Manahau
Greenstone
Communicado Productions
Various
1999
Chief Jacoba
The Lost World (2 eps.)
Telescene Film Group Productions
Richard Franklin
1997
Hidam
Xena: Warrior Princess
Pacific Renaissance
Garth Maxwell
1997
Malakat
Ocean Girl (26 eps.)
Network Ten
Various
1993
George Costas
Time Trax
Warner Bros. Television
Donald Crombie
1992
Albert King
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
Various
1990
Forrester
The Ray Bradbury Theatre
John Laing
1987
Actor
Porters
Noam Pitlik
1979
Ratu Rewini
Flying Kiwis
Portman Productions
Gerban Ceth
1978
Ted Crawley
Gather Your Dreams (Ep 3)
South Pacific Television
Tom Parkinson

Voice Over

2014
Narrator
"Lost Voyage of 499"
Tombship Productions Ltd
2014
Narrator
Christchurch Rebuild-Royal Tour
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2014
Narrator
Commonwealth Games Glasgow - NZ Athletes Support Video
Chillbox Productions
Jonathan Potton
2013
Voice of TSB
Advertising Campaign
The Special Group
Nigel Sutton
2013
Narrator
"WOW" Festival Wellington - 60" Cinema Promo
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2013
Narrator
America's Cup Support Video
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2012
Voice of TSB
Advertising Campaign
The Special Group
Nigel Sutton
2012
Narrator
Maui - Wellington
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2012
Narrator
"Toitu" Dunedin Museum
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2012
Narrator
Christchurch Rebuild
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2011
Voice of TSB
Advertising Campaign
The Special Group
Nigel Sutton
2011
Narrator
Legend of Maui
Animation Research
Ian Taylor
2011
Narrator
Henare O'Keefe Documentary
Notable Pictures
2011
Narrator
NZ Bird Calls
New Holland Publishers
2011
Narrator
The Hunt for the Pink and White Terraces
JAM TV
2005
Narrator
The Hobbit
ICA Australia
Christine Anketell
2004
Narrator (since 2004 to the present)
Talking Books
Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind

Radio

2004
Narrator
Michael King's Penguin History of N.Z
Radio NZ Drama
John Dryden

Video

2015
Whatonga
Nga Hau - Wellington Museum of City and Sea Installation
Perceptual Engineering

Documentary

2015
Henare Te Ua
Poi E - The Untold Story
Patea Film Collective Ltd
Bailey MacKey

Web Series

2015
Prime Minister
Reset
Girl Viking Ltd
Darren Simmons

Other

1973
The Rocking Cave
Mercury Theatre
1973
Hay Fever
Mercury Theatre
1973
The Lady's Not For Burning
Mercury Theatre
1973
Jumpers
Mercury Theatre

Training

2018
Equity Foundation
Equity Lifetime Achievement Award
2009
Laureate Award
New Zealand Arts Foundation
2010
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
New Year's Honours List for Services to Theatre
2010
QANTAS Film and Television Awards
Nominated Best Actor - Lee Kaa in Kaitangata Twitch
2008
Te Waka Toi, Te Tohu Toi Ke Award
Creative New Zealand for outstanding contribution to Maori theatre
2006
Chapman Trip Theatre Award
Best Actor - Death of a Salesman
2001
Narrator of the Year Award
Talking Books - New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
2000
NZAFTA Award
Best Actor - Nga Tohu Signatures
1994
Best Theatrical Performance
Entertainer of the Year - Jesus Christ Superstar
1992
Narrator of the Year Award
Talking Books - New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
1988
Order of the British Empire (OBE)
New Year's Honours List for Services to the Performing Arts

Skills & Attributes

Shoe Size
11
Clothing Size
Male - M
Waist
92cm
Neck
43cm
Chest
104cm
Natural Accent
New Zealand
Ethnicity
Maori, New Zealand
Accents
American Standard, Australian, East Coast American, English, French, Indian, Irish, Latino, Maori, New Zealand, Russian, Scottish, Welsh
Languages
English
Hair Length
Balding, Short
Hair Style
Wavy
Instrumental
Guitar, Piano / Keyboard
Dance
Ballroom, Maori, Tap
Singing
Musical Theatre, Opera
Singing Range
Baritone
Sport
Cricket, Horse Riding, Squash, Swimming, Tennis
Professional Skills
Actor, Musical Theatre, Prof. Singer, Voice Artist

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Notes

George Henare - Actor Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine | CNZM, OBE "Because my career is all about human behaviour and interaction, it is for me an endless journey of discovery, fascination and enlightenment, a journey I hope to continue on until that 'other' big spotlight shows the way to another dimension." George Henare was born in Gisborne in 1945, the third youngest in a family of ten children. He spent the first 12 years of his life on a sheep and cattle farm in the Whakaangiangi Valley, 15 Kilometres inland from Te Araroa on the East Coast of the North Island. He attended Gisborne Boys' High School and then Ardmore Teachers' College. George became involved in theatre in his late teens after brief stints as a postie and trainee teacher. He abandoned his teaching career in 1965 after a successful audition with the New Zealand Opera Company where he sang chorus in productions as Porgy and Bess and Il Trovatore. George was extremely adept at "pulling faces" and getting noticed, so began to be offered small acting roles. From 1965 George worked with the New Zealand Opera Company, the Māori Theatre Trust, Wellington's Downstage Theatre, Radio Drama and fledgling television, until joining Mercury Theatre, Auckland, in 1971 at the age of 25. Since then George has played dozens of parts, from Ratty, Dracula, Toad of Toad Hall, Snoopy to more serious characters such as Lear, Lenin and Caesar. His television and film work includes Rapa Nui, Crooked Earth, The Silent One, Once Were Warriors and Potiki's Memory Of Stone (written by Laureate Briar Grace- Smith). After Mercury's demise in 1992, George worked extensively in Australia with Melbourne Theatre Co, Sydney's Ensemble Theatre and Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, and toured with Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera and guested on many television series. For the Auckland Theatre Company George has performed in Who Wants To Be 100? Goldie, Wind In The Willows, Cabaret and Into the Woods. Other highlights include the 2000 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts production of Haruru Mai and Purapurawhetu, which toured New Zealand and internationally. George received an OBE in 1988 for his services to theatre; Best Theatrical Performance Award at The Entertainer of the Year Awards for his role in Jesus Christ Superstar; in 2000 he was named Best Actor at the 2000 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards for Nga Tohu - Signatures; 1992 and 2001 George was named Talking Books Narrator of the year; and in 2006 he won a Chapman Tripp ‘Best Actor' Award for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Circa Theatre's Death of a Salesman. In 2008 George received Te Waka Toi, Te Tohu Toi Ke, Award for his outstanding contribution to Māori theatre and in 2009 he was the recipient of an Arts Foundation Laureate Award. In 2010 George was awarded Best Actor for his role in the fantasy series Kaitangata Twitch written by Margaret Mahy and screened as a television series. George played the role of ‘a tormented soul' Lee Kaa . He was also awarded a CMNZ (Companion of the said Order of New Zealand) in the New Year's honours list. Courtesy - Arts Foundation