Date of Birth : Jun 7th 1972
He may be best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installment of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Kirill (Jason Bourne’s opposite number) in The Bourne Supremacy, the lead role in the movie adaptation of video game Doom, and Vaako from The Chronicles of Riddick.
Some of his earlier work included roles on New Zealand soap Shortland Street, which apparently interrupted his planned attendance of Victoria University of Wellington, and a guest role on the second season of police drama Shark in the Park. As well as appearing in films and television shows, Urban also had various roles in theatre productions and television advertisements in his native New Zealand and abroad. In February/March 1998, he was in a play called The Herbal Bed at the Maidment Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand (as the character Jett Lane). In August 1998, he played Mark Antony in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1999, he appeared in the Auckland Theatre Company’s production of Foreskin’s Lament.
Urban was seen on the internationally syndicated American television shows Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in which he played both Cupid and Julius Caesar from 1996 to 2001. These shows were filmed in New Zealand. He won the New Zealand Film and TV Awards for his role in the 2000 film The Price of Milk. Urban’s Hollywood break did not come until his role in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship. Since then, Karl has worked on many blockbusters including The The Lord of the Rings trilogy (in which he played Éomer of Rohan), The Bourne Supremacy and The Chronicles of Riddick with Vin Diesel and Judi Dench.