Mark Hadlow

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Mark Hadlow (born 1957) is a New Zealand actor and comedian. Hadlow is perhaps best known internationally for playing the roles of Harry in King Kong and Dori, a Dwarf, in The Hobbit series.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hadlow's early film appearances were in serious roles, such as in Beyond Reasonable Doubt, but he is perhaps better known in New Zealand for his comedy roles, particularly in the television sitcom Willy Nilly, and some of the voices for the 1989 Peter Jackson puppet film, Meet the Feebles. He also starred alongside New Zealand Maori comedian, Billy T James in "The Billy T James Show".

Hadlow has also released an audio CD called "Tall Tales". It consists of classic children's stories narrated and performed with a Kiwi twist.

Between films and television, Hadlow works in Christchurch's Court Theatre, where he has directed, produced, and acted in many plays. Hadlow is known for interacting with the audience whenever possible. This was made easy in the theatre's intimate, 200-seat setting, where the audience was literally next to the stage.

In 2009, Hadlow campaigned for the historic Odeon Theatre in Christchurch to be turned into an arts complex for an estimated NZ$60m.[2] The earthquake-prone building was severely damaged in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and later in 2012, the rear of the building was demolished.[3]

While appearing in a one-man play, he met his ex-wife. They met in the audience before the start of the play because Hadlow always started off in the audience. In his wife's words, "this nice man who I didn't recognise sat next to me and we started chatting. Within minutes he knew a lot about me. Suddenly he got up and started acting in the play."

In addition to his acting career, Hadlow is a commissioned lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Beyond Reasonable Doubt Bruce Roddick
1981 Strange Behavior Dancer at Party
1982 Battletruck Orrin
Klynham Summer Sam Finn
1983 Nate and Hayes Gun Operator
1984 Constance
1988 Just Me and Mario
1990 Meet the Feebles Heidi, Robert, Barry the Bulldog (voices)
1992 Absent Without Leave Prison Corporal
1995 Bonjour Timothy Rugby's Coach
2005 King Kong Harry
2006 The Waimate Conspiracy Mr. Glue QC
2008 Last of the Living Dad
2009 No Petrol, No Diesel! Mr. Bligh
2010 The Holy Roller Wally
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dori
Bert
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Dori
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dori

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (October 21, 2010). "Peter Jackson Announces 'Hobbit' Cast". accesshollywood.com. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Gates, Charlie (22 December 2012). "Hadlow wants to turn Odeon into NoeDo". The Press. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Cairns, Lois (29 November 2012). "Powerless to stop heritage demolition". The Press. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Preece, Kate (29 November 2012). "Mark Hadlow as himself, and Dori". The Press. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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