Jay Laga'aia

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Jay Laga'aia
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Jay Laga'aia in Florida, June 2009
Born (1963-09-10) 10 September 1963 (age 50)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1981–present
Partner(s) Sandie Jane Laga'aia
(1990–present)
Children Jeremy Laga'aia
Matthew Laga'aia
Iosefa Laga'aia
Jessica Laga'aia
Nathaniel "Tana" Laga'aia
Georgia Rose Laga'aia, Katie Laga'aia, Isabella Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia (born 10 September 1963) is a New Zealand-born actor and singer. He is best known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Career[edit]

Laga'aia is known for his part on Australian children's TV show Playschool, and also for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He played the role of Draco in several episodes of the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Laga'aia was a regular in Australian television shows Water Rats, Play School, Surprise Surprise, and a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 and had a guest role as Gabriel in McLeod's Daughters. He is also known for his stage productions such as The Lion King. Laga'aia played the role of Judas in a 1994 production of Jesus Christ Superstar in New Zealand.

On October 9, 2007, Laga'aia released a children's album, Come Dance and Sing.[1] On December 24, 2008, Laga'aia performed on Carols by Candlelight. Laga'aia narrated each of the characters on the children's show Larry the Lawnmower,[2] which ran for 2 seasons starting in 2008. In November 2009, it was confirmed that Laga'aia had joined the cast of Australian soap opera Home and Away, as Reverend Elijah Johnson[3] until his sacking in February 2012.[4] Laga'aia released his second CD for children, I Can Play Anything, in August 2010.

In 2008 Laga'aia took on the role as Ambassador for the Touch By Olivia Foundation Charity. In 2012 he was appointed as the new Ambassador for the Queensland Kindergartens.

In 2012 Laga'aia two albums, a Christmas album entitled Christmas at Jays Place and a nursery rhyme album called 10 in the Bed. He also provided the music for Scholastic's picture book 'Baby Elephant Walk'.

He is set to return to the stage to play the lead role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the 2013-14 New Zealand and Australia national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical, Wicked. Performances begin September 17, 2013, where he will perform alongside Jemma Rix at the Civic Theatre in Auckland. From May 2014 the production is expected to transfer to Melbourne, where it first premiered in 2008.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Laga'aia was born in South Auckland, New Zealand he is now a dual (New Zealand) and Australian citizen. He is of Samoan descent. He has 6 brothers and sisters and 2 half brothers. One of his younger brothers, Frank Laga'aia, was a member of the ARIA award winning band, Ilanda.

Jay is also a member of the International Costuming group the 501st Legion as a member of the Terror Australis Garrison (Australia).

Filmography[edit]

Jay Laga'aia performing

Films

Year Film Role
1988 Never Say Die Bruce (cop)
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Jay
1992 The Other Side of Paradise Mana
2000 Green Sails Maru
2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Captain Typho
2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Captain Typho
2006 Solo Vincent
2008 Nim's Island Helicopter Pilot
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Carpark Victim
2009 Lightwswitch Bo
2010 Daybreakers Senator Turner
2012 The Unbroken Morgan Stevens (voice)

TV series

Year Series Role Episodes
1984–1986 Heroes Ron 14
1993 Soldier Soldier Sgt Bob Gilligan 2
1994 High Tide Buck Walton 1
1995 Mysterious Island Tenape 3
1998 Tales of the South Seas Unknown 1
1995–2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Draco 3
1996–2001 Water Rats Senior Constable Tommy Tavita 149
2000–2003 Street Legal David Silesi 52
2005–2006 All Saints Micheal Stevenson 2
2007 McLeod's Daughters Gabriel 1
2008 Bed of Roses Nick Pickering 6
2008 The Strip Frogman 1
2008–2009 Legend of the Seeker Chase 14
2008–2009 Larry the Lawnmower Narrator 65
2010–2012 Home and Away Elijah Johnson Series regular

Mini-Series

Year Mini-Series Role
1998 The Violent Earth Jean-Christian

As himself

Year Show
1987 Spot On!
1999 Look Who's Famous Now
2000 Russell Gilbert Live
2000– Play School
2000 Starstruck
2000– The Big Time
2002 Celebrity Big Brother for Charity Live
2003 Pulp Sport
2006 20 to 1
-Hoaxes, Cheats and Liars
2007 Spicks and Specks
-Children's Special
2010 The Circle
30 August[6]
2010 Good News Week
2011 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jay Laga'aia Come Dance and Sing". Girl.com.au. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (September 19, 2008). "Laga’aia the lawnmower for Seven". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hello Reverend!". Backtothebay.net. November 5, 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Dilan Thampapillai (17 February 2012). "A whiteout on what we watch". ABC Online. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ http://nz.broadwayworld.com/article/Jay-Lagaaia-to-Join-WICKED-as-The-Wizard-for-Auckland-Season-September-2013-20130406
  6. ^ "Monday 30 August 2010". The Circle website. Network Ten Pty Limited. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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