John Callen

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John Callen
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Callen on April 6, 2015 at the Hobbitcon III convention in Bonn, Germany
Born November 4, 1946
England, United Kingdom
Nationality New Zealand
Occupation Actor/Director

John Callen (born November 4, 1946) is an English-born New Zealand character actor, voiceover artist and director. He is best known for portraying Óin, brother of Glóin in the 2012-2014 The Hobbit film trilogy.[1]

He has performed in movies, including The Rainbow Warrior, and TV shows, including The Tribe, and lent his voice to Power Rangers Jungle Fury. He has performed in Goodbye Pork Pie, Pictures, Send a Gorilla, Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (as Prime Minister David Lange), Feathers of Peace, Fly (Best Actor in a Short Film), Treasure Island Kids (x3), Love Birds in 2010 (with Sally Hawkins and Rhys Darby), and many TV series and films including Close to Home, Pioneer Women, Roche, Moynihan, 221B Baker Street, Xena – Amazon High (with Selma Blair and Karl Urban), The Man Who Lost His Head (with Martin Clunes), and Bliss (2010).

He has also directed many works for television including Shortland Street, The Tribe, Epitaph, Taonga, and The Kiwi Who Saved Britain (2010). He has performed in and/or directed more than 100 stage plays including performances as Macbeth, Shylock, Polonius and Claudius, and has won best actor and best supporting actor for his theatre work.

He has appeared in a number of TV adverts and voiced more than 120 documentaries and thousands of adverts.



Year Work Role Notes
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Óin
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
2014 Syrenia Joseph Ford


  1. ^ Associated Press (October 21, 2010). "Peter Jackson Announces 'Hobbit' Cast". Retrieved October 22, 2010. 

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