Dean O'Gorman

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Dean O'Gorman
Dean O'Gorman Boston Comicon 2013.jpg
O'Gorman at Boston Comic-Con in 2013
Born Dean Lance O'Gorman
(1976-12-01) 1 December 1976 (age 38)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor, photographer, artist
Years active 1990–present
Website
http://deanogorman.com/

Dean Lance O'Gorman (born 1 December 1976) is an actor, artist, and photographer from New Zealand. He is known for playing the dwarf Fíli in the Hobbit trilogy and for playing Anders in The Almighty Johnsons.

Early life[edit]

O'Gorman was born in Auckland, New Zealand to parents Lance, a landscape painter, and Vicky O'Gorman.[1] He has a younger brother, Brett, who is also an actor as well as a comedian. O'Gorman earned a black belt in karate by the age of ten,[2] and attended Rangitoto College in Auckland. He initially possessed plans of studying graphic design.[3]

Career[edit]

Actor[edit]

In 2012 O'Gorman starred in the first of the Hobbit Trilogy 'An Unexpected Journey.'

Film[edit]

At 12 years old, O'Gorman was discovered by a casting agent during a school speech competition.[1] His acting career began in 1995 with the main role in teen romance Bonjour Timothy, a performance which earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Giffoni Film Festival.[3]

Subsequent roles included Mark in New Zealand drama When Love Comes and Johnny in Snakeskin, the latter of which received 5 awards at the 2001 New Zealand Film and Television Awards.[3]

In April 2011, he was cast as the Dwarf Fili in Sir Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit,[4] which led to an advertisement for Air New Zealand, where he had a cameo appearance.[5]

Television[edit]

He won the role of Harry Martin in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and appeared in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess multiple times, as well as holding a regular role as Iolaus in Young Hercules opposite Ryan Gosling,[3] and in McLeod's Daughters, as Luke Morgan, a love interest of Jodi Fountain McLeod.

He has made multiple guest appearances on several television shows including The Cult, Go Girls and Legend of the Seeker. From 2011–2013, O'Gorman played the role of Anders Johnson in the New Zealand fantasy series The Almighty Johnsons.[3]

Art and photography[edit]

In addition to acting, O'Gorman is also a photographer and artist. In an interview with Tom Cardy, he confessed to a recession of his career in his first year in Los Angeles.[6] He was almost broke, but was soon discovered by his friend's agent and thus began to receive more work, dividing his time between painting, photography and acting.

In 2012, he held his first exhibition at the Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand between 19–23 June.[6] The theme of the exhibition focused on the Vietnam War, something he felt conveyed a great deal of humanity. In order to obtain accuracy in his work, O'Gorman sought the advice of a New Zealand Vietnam veteran.[6] Preferring to dress and set up shoots himself, the models for this gallery included other cast members from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Bonjour Timothy Timothy Taylor
1996 Siren Siren Short film
1998 Young Hercules Young Iolaus Video
1998 When Love Comes Along Mark
2001 Snakeskin Johnny
2002 Toy Love Ben
2004 Piggy Confucius Short film
2008 Legend of Bloody Mary, TheThe Legend of Bloody Mary Rev. Whittaker
2009 Sabotage Bobby
2010 Kawa Chris
2012 Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TheThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Fíli
2013 Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Fíli
2014 Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Fíli
2015 Trumbo Kirk Douglas Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Rogue Stallion, TheThe Rogue Stallion Tony Garrett TV film
1990 Raider of the South Seas Bobby Morrison TV film
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Iloran Episode: "The Gauntlet"
1996 Shortland Street Nurse Harry Martin TV series
1996 Return to Treasure Island Jim Hawkins TV film
1996 Xena: Warrior Princess Homer / Orion Episode: "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards"
1997 Doom Runners Deek TV film
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Young Iolaus / Ruun Episodes: "Regrets... I've Had a Few", "Prodigal Sister"
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Young Iolaus Episodes: "Medea Culpa", "Twilight"
1998 Legend of William Tell, TheThe Legend of William Tell Darek Episode: "The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior"
1998 Chosen, TheThe Chosen Andrew Scott TV film
1998-1999 Young Hercules Iolaus Main role (45 episodes)
1999 Big Sky Dean Episode: "A Family Affair"
1999 Duggan Fergus MacLllwaine Episode: "Going Overboard"
1999 Fearless Cliff TV film
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Wiglaf Episode: "Return of the Valkyrie"
2001 Lawless: Beyond Justice Nat TV film
2001 All Saints Evan Coen Episode: "The Other Side of Perfection"
2003 Farscape Zukash Episodes: "Were So Screwed: Parts 2 & 3"
2003 MDA Peter Jarman Episodes: "Judgement Day", "St. Crispin's Day"
2004 Serial Killers Dr. Gilligan / Andrew Regular role (7 episodes)
2004-2005 McLeod's Daughters Luke Morgan Recurring role (25 episodes)
2007 Moonlight Daniel Episode "No Such Thing as Vampires"
2007-2008 Animalia Tyrannicus / Harry (voice) Recurring role (4 episodes)
2009 Legend of the Seeker, TheThe Legend of the Seeker Carver Dunn Episode: "Deception"
2009 Go Girls Marco Episodes: "Signs and Obstacles", "Do the Right Thing"
2009 Cult, TheThe Cult Liam Episode: "1.10"
2011 Tangiwai Bert Sutcliffe TV film
2011-2013 Almighty Johnsons, TheThe Almighty Johnsons Anders Johnson Main role (36 episodes)
2014 Lego the Hobbit Fíli (voice) Video game

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dean O'Gorman Biography", Tribute Movie
  2. ^ Nathan, Ian. "The Hobbit Interviews: Dean O'Gorman On Fili". Empire Online. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Dean O'Gorman", NZONSCREEN
  4. ^ "O'Gorman and Pace Join The Hobbit". Comingsoon.net. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Just another day in Middle-earth #airnzhobbit - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d reviews of Dean O'Gorman in 2012

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