Karl Urban is a well-known actor from New Zealand who is well known for acting in some of the famous fantasy and sci-fi films. He played the character of Eomer in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King which made him popular among the audience. In 2009, he landed himself in the role of Leonard McCoy in the Star Trek reboot series, and since then he has been associated with the franchise. Scroll down to learn more about the life, career, and net worth of Karl Urban in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Karl-Heinz Urban was born in Wellington, New Zealand on June 7, 1972. He attended the St Mark’s Church School and appeared in one episode of the television series Pioneer Woman when he was 8. Urban did his high schooling at the Wellington College and joined the Bachelor of Arts Program at the Victoria University of Wellington. He left the course after a year to pursue an acting career and started to act in commercials and theatres.
Urban was in a relationship with makeup artist Natalie Wihongi since 2000, and the couple tied a knot in 2004. They have two sons together namely Hunter and Indiana. Urban named his second son Indiana because he was a big fan of Indiana Jones. The couple separated in June 2014, and Urban has been dating actress Katee Sackhoff since then.
Career, Awards & Nominations
After acting in some of the television series such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the Altared States, Urban got his breakthrough role in 2001 in the film The Price of Milk which earned him a Qantas Film and Television Awards nomination. His debut Hollywood film was Ghost Ship through which he got cast for The Lord of the Rings movies.
He then appeared in The Bourne Supremacy, The Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, and Pathfinder. He received the Qantas Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for the film Out of the Blue. In 2009, he played Leonard McCoy in Star Trek, and his performance received huge acclaim.
Urban starred in the TV series Almost Human in 2013 and played the lead role in the 2014 erotic thriller The Loft. He played the antagonist in Pete’s Dragon and Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.
Net Worth & Earnings
He is on the verge of completing three decades in the industry and has acted in some of the most successful movies and television series which puts him in the list of prominent actors with good pay. In 2014, he sold his house in Auckland approximately for $4 million which was bought for $3.5 million. His salary figures are undisclosed, but his net worth is $25 million.
Karl Urban is a celebrity ambassador for KidsCan, a charity organization that provides food and shelter for disadvantaged children of New Zealand.