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O'Gorman in 2013
|Born||Dean Lance O'Gorman
1 December 1976
Auckland, New Zealand
O'Gorman was born in Auckland, New Zealand into a family of Irish descent. He is the son of Lance (a landscape painter) and Christine O'Gorman. 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, and attended Rangitoto College in Auckland. He initially possessed plans of studying graphic design.
At 12 years old, O'Gorman was discovered by a casting agent during a school speech competition. 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.
In April 2011 he was cast as Fili the more majestic nephew Dwarf of Thorin Oakenshield in Sir Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit, which led to an advertisement for Air New Zealand, where he had a cameo appearance.
He won the role of Harry Martin in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and appeared in both Hercules and Xena multiple times, as well as holding a regular role as Iolaus in Young Hercules opposite Ryan Gosling. 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, and currently plays the role of Anders Johnson in New Zealand fantasy series The Almighty Johnsons.
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. 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 between June 19 and June 23. 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. Preferring to dress and set up shoots himself, the models for this gallery included other cast members from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
|1990||Rogue Stallion, TheThe Rogue Stallion||Tony Garrett||TV movie|
|1990||Raider of the South Seas||Bobby Morrison||TV movie|
|1995||Bonjour Timothy||Timothy Taylor|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Iloran||Episode: "The Gauntlet"|
|1996||Xena: Warrior Princess||Homer / Orion||Episode: "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards"|
|1996||Return to Treasure Island||Jim Hawkins||TV movie|
|1996||Shortland Street||Nurse Harry Martin||TV series|
|1997||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Young Iolaus
|Episode: "Regrets... I've Had a Few"
Episode: "Prodigal Sister"
|1998||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Young Iolaus||Episode: "Medea Culpa"
|1998||Chosen, TheThe Chosen||Andrew Scott||TV movie|
|1998||Young Hercules||Young Iolaus||Video|
|1998||When Love Comes||Mark|
|1998||Legend of William Tell, TheThe Legend of William Tell||Darek||Episode: "The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior"|
|1998–1999||Young Hercules||Iolaus||45 episodes|
|1999||Big Sky||Dean||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1999||Duggan||Fergus MacLllwaine||Episode: "Going Overboard"|
|2000||Xena: Warrior Princess||Wiglaf||Episode: "Return of the Valkyrie"|
|2000||Little Samurai||Short film|
|2001||Lawless: Beyond Justice||Nat||TV movie|
|2003||Farscape||Zukash||Episodes: "We're So Screwed: Part 2: Hot to Katratzi", "We're So Screwed: Part 3: La Bomba"|
|2003||MDA||Peter Jarman||Episode: "Judgement Day"
Episode: "St. Crispin's Day"
|2004||Serial Killers||Andrew / Dr. Gilligan||7 episodes|
|2004–2005||McLeod's Daughters||Luke Morgan||25 episodes|
|2007||Moonlight||Daniel||Episode: "No Such Thing as Vampires"|
|2007–2008||Animalia||Tyrannicus Tiger / Herry Hog||4 episodes|
|2008||Legend of Bloody Mary, TheThe Legend of Bloody Mary||Rev. Whittaker|
|2009||Legend of the Seeker||Carver Dunn||Episode: "Deception"|
|2009||Go Girls||Marco||Episode: "Signs and Obstacles"
Episode: "Do the Right Thing"
|2009||Cult, TheThe Cult||Liam||Episode: "1.10"|
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
|2011–2013||Almighty Johnsons, TheThe Almighty Johnsons||Anders Johnson||Main role|
|2011||Tangiwai: A Love Story||Bert Sutcliffe||TV movie; post-production|
|2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Fíli|
|2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug|
|2014||The Hobbit: There and Back Again|
- [ "The Hobbit Interviews: Dean O'Gorman On Fili"], Empire
- "Dean O'Gorman", NZONSCREEN
- "Dean O'Gorman Biography", Tribute Movie
- "O'Gorman and Pace Join The Hobbit". Comingsoon.net. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Just another day in Middle-earth #airnzhobbit - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- reviews of Dean O'Gorman in 2012