Temuera Morrison MNZM

Vitals

Gender
Male
Age Range
45 - 59
Height
173cm
Base Location
Auckland
Available In
Auckland, Christchurch, International, Queenstown, Wellington
Skills
Actor, Corporate, Presenter, Voice Artist
Eye
Dark Brown
Memberships
SAG/AFTRA

Agent

New Zealand Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency

Australian Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency (Aus)
Feature Photo
Temuera Morrison MNZM

Credits

2020

Feature Film
Peter Bartlett
Occupation Rainfall (Post-production)
Occupation Two Productions (AU)
Luke Sparke

2019

Feature Film
Eddie Jones
The Brighton Miracle
Eastpool Films (AUS)
Max Mannix
Feature Film
Powell
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Paramount Players (US)
James Bobin
Feature Film
Warfield (Voice)
Mosley (Animation)
Huhu Studios (NZ)/China Film Animation
Kirby Atkins

2018

Television
Te Rangi (4 x eps)
Frontier (2016 - ) S3
Take the Shot Productions (CA)
Various
Feature Film
Peter Bartlett
Occupation
Sparke Films
Luke Sparke
Feature Film
Tom Curry
Aquaman
DC Comics
James Wan

2017

Feature Film
Chief Toi (Voice)
Moana (Te Reo Maori)
Matewa Media Trust/Walt Disney Animation
Ron Clements/John Musker
Television
Jack Te Pania (Voice)
Barefoot Bandits - Series 2
Mukpuddy Animation
Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans, Alex Leighton

2016

Television
Wikkanak
Dawn
MGM Television (US)
Robert Stromberg
Feature Film
Chief Tui (Voice)
Moana
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Ron Clements/John Musker
Television
Bill Mercer
This is Piki (post production)
Tuturu Pictures Ltd
Kiel McNaughton

2015

Feature Film
Madden
Hard Target 2 (post-production)
1440 Productions UK Ltd
Roel Reine
Feature Film
Warden Mourdain
SFV1 (post-production)
SFV1 Movie Pty Ltd
Shane Abbess
Feature Film
Grandfather/Tamihana Mahana
MAHANA
The Patriarch Ltd
Lee Tamahori
Television
Anaru Waipiti
Tatau (in Production)
Touchpaper Television/South Pacific Pictures
Wayne Yip
Television
Jack Te Pania (Voice)
Barefoot Bandits TV Series
Mukpuddy Animation
Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans, Alex Leighton

2014

Television
Host
Happy Hour (in post-production)
Pango Productions
Taika Waititi, Kiel McNaughton, Jessica Sanderson

2013

Feature Film
Papa
Mt Zion
Small Axe Films
Te Arepa Kahi
Television
Himself
The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison (TV Mini-Series)
Eyeworks / Black Inc. Media
Paul Thompson
Television
Himself (1 Ep - The Five Fetts)
Words with Warrick (TV Mini-Series - Talk Show)
The Star Wars Corporation

2012

Feature Film
Hemi Crane (Lead)
Fresh Meat
The Gibson Group
Danny Mulheron
Television
Jack Te Pania
Missing Christmas (TV Movie Animation)
Mukpuddy Animation
Ryan Cooper / Tim Evans
Television
Jack Te Pania (Voice)
Barefoot Bandits - Christmas Special
Mukpuddy Animation
Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans, Alex Leighton
Video
Ramusan
Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
Universal 1440 Entertainment
Roel Reine

2011

Feature Film
Abin Sur
Green Lantern
Warner Bros. Pictures
Martin Campbell
Television
Himself
1st Look (Talk Show - interviewee The Green Lantern)
Television
Doctore (2 Eps)
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (TV Mini-Series)
Pacific Renaissance
Various

2010

Feature Film
Kereama (co-Lead)
Tracker
Eden Films / Digit Films Limited
Ian Sharp

2009

Feature Film
Briggs
Couples Retreat
Universal Pictures
Peter Billingsley
Feature Film
Damo
The Marine 2
Twentieth Century Fox
Roel Reine
Television
Don Sandovate
The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake
Voyage Productions
David Flores

2008

Feature Film
Rua (as an Adult)
Rain of the Children
Wayward Films
Vincent Ward
Television
Narrator
The Reluctant Hero
Desert Road Television
Steven O'Meagher
Television
Dr. Hone Ropata (Reprised role 23 Eps)
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
Various
Television
Narrator
The Reluctant Hero
Desert Road Television
Steven O'Meagher
Television
Wiremu
Time Trackers
South Pacific Pictures/Atantis (Canada)
Various

2007

Television
Temuera (Himself)
Star Wars at 30
Television
Himself
G4 Presents Star Wars at 30 (Telemovie)
G4 Media

2006

Television
Temuera (Himself)
Bro Town (Ep: Know Me Before You Haunt Me)
Firehorse Films
Ali Cowley
Voice Over
Boba Fett (Voice)
Star Wars:Empire at War
Lucasfilms
George Lucas

2005

Feature Film
Commander Cody
Star Wars Episode iii The Revenge of the Sith
Lucasfilms
GeorgeeLucas
Feature Film
Te Kai Po
River Queen
Silverscreen Films
Vincent Ward
Television
Host
The Tem Show
Greenstone Pictures
Television
Host
Mataku (Series 4)
South Pacific Pictures
Various
Voice Over
Boba Fett / Jango Fett (Voices)
Star Wars:Battlefront ll
Lucasfilms
George Lucas
Voice Over
Delta 38 (Voice)
Star Wars:Republic Commando
Lucasfilms
George Lucas

2004

Feature Film
Snakehead
The Beautiful Country
Dinamo Story
Feature Film
Runi
Blueberry
A.J.O.Z. Films
Jan Kounen
Television
Host
Mataku (Series 3)
South Pacific Pictures
Various
Voice Over
Republic Infantry/Republic Officer (Voices)
Star Wars:Battlefront
Lucasfilms
George Lucas

2003

Television
Host
Mataku (Series 2)
South Pacific Pictures
Various

2002

Feature Film
Jango Fett
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Lucasfilm
George Lucas
Television
Host
Mataku (Series 1)
South Pacific Pictures
Voice Over
Jago Fett (Voice)
Star Wars:Bounty Hunter
LUcasfilms
George Lucas

2001

Feature Film
Will Bastion (Lead)
Crooked Earth
Communicado Productions
Sam Pillsbury
Television
Tito Ihaka (Lead)
Ihaka: Blunt Instrument (Telemovie)
Columbia TriStar Productions Pyt Ltd

2000

Feature Film
Major Rasul
The Vertical Limit
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Martin Campbell
Television
Himself
Mai Time (1 Ep, Guest Interview)

1999

Feature Film
Jake Heke (Lead)
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
South Pacific Pictures
Ian Mune
Feature Film
Tim
Little White Lies
Rutherford Films
Television
Himself
The Panel (Talk Show, 1 Ep)
Network Ten
Video
The Hangman
From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
Miramax USA

1998

Feature Film
Alf Winters (Lead)
Never Say Die
Everard Films
Geoff Murphy
Feature Film
Jaeger
Seven Days Seven Nights
Walt Disney
Ivan Reitman
Television
Himself
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Greenstone Pictures

1997

Feature Film
Mr Juliano (Lead)
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Fox Pictures USA
Television
Himself
The Making of "Speed 2: Cruise Control"
Sam Hurwitz Productions

1996

Feature Film
Azazello
The Island of Dr. Moreau
New Line Cinema
Feature Film
Axel (co-Lead)
Barb Wire
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Feature Film
Carrigan (co-Lead)
Whipping Boy
JNP Pty Ltd
Feature Film
Manu
Broken English
Communicado Productions
Television
Anaru
Cover Story
The Gibson Group

1995

Documentary
Narrator
New Zealand at War

1994

Feature Film
Jake Heke (Lead)
Once Were Warriors
Communicado Productions
Lee Tamahori
Television
Dr Hone Ropata (Core Cast)
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
Various

1993

Feature Film
Language Advisor/Maori Cast
The Piano
Jan Chapman Productions
Jane Campion
Television
Dr Hone Ropata (Core Cast)
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
Various

1992

Television
Dr Hone Ropata (Core Cast)
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
Various
Television
Billy T James Show
Isambard Productions

1990

Television
Mark Mason
Shark in the Park II (1 Ep)
The Gibson Group
Television
D. S. Harris
The Grasscutter (Telefeature)
Finlayson Brewer Productions

1988

Feature Film
Young Cop
Mauri
Awatea Films
Merata Mita
Television
Sean
Gloss III
TVNZ
Various

1987

Television
Sean
Gloss II
TVNZ
Various
Television
Maru
Adventurer
Gatetarn

1986

Television
Selwyn Broadhead (Lead)
Seekers (10 Eps)
TVNZ
Various

1984

Feature Film
Tony
Other Halves
Finlayson-Hill Productions
John Laing

1983

Television
Street Kid
Mortimers Patch
TVNZ

1972

Feature Film
Rangi
Rangi's Catch
Childrens Film Foundation
Michael Forlong

Television
Irikura (Lead)
Irikura
Aroha Films
Documentary
Presenter
Warriors
Documentary
Presenter
Not Just a Domestic-The Update
Greenstone Pictures
Documentary
Presenter
Not Just a Domestic
Greenstone Pictures

Training

2007
Cine Asia Award Recipient
for Services to Copyright Enforcement
1999
Nokia Film and Television Awards
Winner Best Actor in a Feature Film for WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED
1996
The New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) Recipient
for Services to Drama
1994
New Zealand Entertainment Awards
Winner Entertainer of the Year
1994
New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Winner Best Actor in a Feature Film for ONCE WERE WARRIORS
1986
GOFTA Awards
Nominee Best Supporting Actor in Film OTHER HALVES

Skills & Attributes

Shoe Size
8
Clothing Size
Male - M
Waist
85cm
Neck
44cm
Chest
102cm
Natural Accent
New Zealand
Ethnicity
Maori
Accents
Maori, New Zealand, Australian
Languages
Maori Language Family, English
Hair Length
Bald / Shaved
Hair Style
Bald / Shaved
Instrumental
Guitar
Dance
Maori
Singing
Country & Western , Folk, Pop
Singing Range
Baritone
Sport
Boxing, Martial Arts, Rugby Union, Water Skiing
Drivers Licences
Car, Motorcycle
Professional Skills
Actor, Corporate, Presenter, Voice Artist

Photos


Notes

TEMUERA MORRISON, of Te Arawa, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Rarua descent, is one of New Zealand’s foremost actors and something of a cultural icon in New Zealand. He won New Zealand television immortality thanks to the first episode of long-running soap Shortland Street, after a nurse told his character he was no longer in Guatemala. Morrison's role as Jake the Muss in Once Were Warriors proved the actor was no joke. Critics called him "extraordinary" and "engagingly terrifying". Temuera grew up in Rotorua, being the only boy in a family of six girls. Performance was in his blood: his father Laurie "never stopping singing", including time in the quartet of brother Howard Morrison. Temuera's mother came from a King Country farming family. At family get-togethers, the Morrison kids knew they might be called up at any moment to do a song, a haka, or a speech. Tem's kapa haka skills would win him a national award and see him performing overseas, including when landmark exhibition Te Māori went to the United States. At the age of 11, he was cast as Rangi in Rangi's Catch, after director Michael Forlong spotted him performing to tourists in Rotorua. Originally made for British television in 1972, Rangi's Catch also played on Kiwi cinema screens in a shortened version. Morrison played one of four children chasing a pair of escaped convicts. Dominion reviewer Catherine de la Roche excitedly labelled it "one of the best children's films ever made". In the 80s, after a number of years of clerical jobs, Morrison got a place on a training scheme in performing arts launched by his uncle Howard, after pretending he wasn't related. In 1984 he won a small role as a Rastafarian street kid in an episode of Mortimer's Patch, after being recommended by cast member (and mentor) Don Selwyn. Bigger roles followed in the offbeat drama Seekers (as a brash real estate agent) and period co-production Adventurer (as a Māori chief). On the big screen, he was nominated for a GOFTA award for his smooth-talking street kid in interracial romance Other Halves. Three years passed before Temuera's career jumped into second gear. 1987/88 saw him interviewing elders while reporting for Koha and Waka Huia; playing a sleazy cop in Merata Mita's Mauri, alongside Don Selwyn; speaking Te Reo in pioneering Māori drama series E Tipu e Rea, and joining the second season of Gloss as Kerry Smith's love interest, a journalist who seemingly dies and then returns. Temuera was running himself ragged; in-between Gloss episodes he was also doing a breakfast show on Aotearoa Radio with Jay Laga-aia, and flying to Dunedin for TV's The Grasscutter. Amidst of it all came Morrison's first starring role in a movie: as a sceptical journalist on the run, in lighthearted 1988 thriller Never Say Die. Director Geoff Murphy overruled opposition from some of his producers to cast Morrison, after noting the self-deprecating quality of his screen test. The Listener's Helen Martin felt his acting showed "a lot of style". In 1992 he began a three year stint on new soap Shortland Street, playing ladies' man Dr Ropata. He got the role while helping out behind the scenes on Jane Campion's The Piano. The soap bought him enduring fame thanks to a line of dialogue he didn't actually say: in the first episode he was delivering a baby using an unorthodox method when nurse Carrie Burton (Lisa Crittenden) told him "you're not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata". Years later the character returned to the show for six weeks to mark the show's 4000th episode; Ropata was briefly named Shortland's CEO. During his time on the street, it was announced he'd play the part of the tough, violent Jake Heke in a movie based on Alan Duff's novel Once Were Warriors. The filmmakers had considered prisoners and gangmembers, before deciding only an actor could handle the part. After three months bulking up with help from his agent Robert Bruce, and friend Kevin Smith, Temuera added nine kilograms to his frame. But many still considered him too lightweight to play Jake. "Everyone thought I'd screwed up when I cast him," director Lee Tamahori later admitted. During rehearsals, Temuera worried they were right. "I was the big gamble". When Once Were Warriors began a highly successful global release, critics rushed to praise him (and co-star Rena Owen). "You don't often see acting like this in the movies" (Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times); "Extraordinary ... I can't recall when I last saw a performance boiling with such psychological and physical menace." (Neil Jillett in The Melbourne Age). The Wall Street Journal and The Seattle Journal both compared his performance to that of Marlon Brando, but Temuera was more modest. "It's Beth's story. My role in it was to provide the misery." When he reprised his Warriors role in 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, Temuera snared his second NZ Film best actor award. With the character of Jake attempting to break out of the cycle of violence, Broken Hearted saw him moving far beyond the easy charm of earlier roles.The successful sequel reunited him with Grasscutter director Ian Mune; 26 years before, the two had acted together in Rangi's Catch. In the period between the two Warriors movies, Temuera went places Kiwi actors have rarely gone. He played ex-partner to Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire, boarded a renegade ship for Speed, 2, was villain alongside Cliff Curtis in Six Days Seven Nights, and befriended Marlon Brando while playing his right-hand Dog Man in The Island of Dr Moreau. The latter encounter provides a memorable chapter in Temuera's 2009 autobiography From Haka to Hollywood. Logie nominated tele-movie Ihaka: Blunt Instrument was based on a series of books by Paul Thomas. Morrison starred in the tongue in cheek tale as a bad boy Māori cop, hunting a killer in Sydney. 2001 feature Crooked Earth saw Morrison back in Aotearoa. He played a military man returning home to bury his father, who faces off against his drug-dealing brother (Lawrence Makoare) over stolen land. Sam Pillsbury (The Scarecrow) directed. Variety found the film's combination of political and thriller elements "handsomely mounted and compelling". Since Crooked Earth, Temuera's career has alternated Kiwi roles — including hosting duties on Māori supernatural series Mataku, and variety show Happy Hour — with doses of the Star Wars myth. In 2002's Attack of the Clones he played bounty hunter Jango Fett, and a cavalcade of cloned warriors. He went on to do voice work for a number of Star Wars video games, and joked it was "the only movie you can be in for two seconds and be famous." In 2004 Temuera played a Native American Indian in offbeat western Blueberry, and joined Nick Nolte and Kiwi cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh in The Beautiful Country, in which a Vietnam war child searches for his GI Dad. Soon after, he appeared in troubled period epic River Queen. Temuera played rebel chief Te Kai Po, in a role partly inspired by Titokowaru. Po was "one of the best characters I've ever had the chance to play". Director Vincent Ward said Temuera had helped rally the extras. "He leads with a sense of charisma". The same year (2005) saw the launch of talk show The Tem Show on Prime. The guest list included George Lucas and Sam Neill. Anglo-NZ movie Tracker began filming In October 2009. Temuera co-starred with Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast), as a framed Māori seaman who Winstone's character tries to bring in to the authorities. He also joined TV's Spartacus, as trainer of the gladiators, and donned purple make-up for the opening scene of Green Lantern. In March 2012 he began work on locally-shot hit Mt Zion. He was nominated for an NZ Film award for his role as conservative father to a wannabe musician (Stan Walker). October saw the release of splatter comedy Fresh Meat, with Temuera as the arrogant head of a modern-day Māori family with cannibalistic tendencies. The following year he featured in his own reality show, The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison. Mahana (2016) marked his first collaboration with director Lee Tamahori since Once Were Warriors. Based on Witi Ihimaera's novel Bulibasha, the film follows two families who are longtime adversaries in the world of competitive shearing. Temuera plays Tamihana, dominating head of the Mahana family. At the 2017 Rialto NZ Film Awards, he was nominated for Best Actor. In the same period, he was among the voice cast of Disney's animated hit Moana. He also turned to directing, shooting short film The Lost Pearl in Tahiti. Temuera described making the romance as a "bloody nightmare". As he told website Flicks, "sometimes I had no one to make the movie. “Okay, who’s on the crew today?” “Uh.” “Where’s my cameramen?" The result was still deemed worthy to screen at the 2016 NZ International Film Festival. After playing a grandfather in Mahana, Temuera was happy to take on a more physical role in 2018 sci-fi action film Occupation (and its 2020 sequel). This time he was an ex prisoner fighting an alien invasion in an Australian town. He stayed on in Australia to work on Marvel hit Aquaman, playing the father to Jason Momoa's aquatic hero. In 2019 he starred as Australian rugby coach Eddie Jones in World Cup docudrama The Brighton Miracle. - based on NZOnScreen Profile, written by Ian Pryor