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Callen on April 6, 2015 at the Hobbitcon III convention in Bonn, Germany
November 4, 1946|
England, United Kingdom
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.
Thirteen full-size actors played dwarves in The Hobbit (film series). John Callen's character, Óin is the doctor of the group. Óin's a distant relative of Thorin and uncle to Gimli from The Lord of the Rings.
He has performed in movies, including The Rainbow Warrior (film) (as Prime Minister) David Lange), 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, 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.
|1981||Goodbye Pork Pie||Directed by Geoff Murphy.|
|1993||The Rainbow Warrior (film)||Prime Minister David Lange||Directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Sam Neill & Jon Voight.|
|2006||Treasure Island Kids: The Battle of Treasure Island||Conrad||Directed by Gavin Scott|
|2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Óin|
|2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug|
|2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies|
- Associated Press (October 21, 2010). "Peter Jackson Announces 'Hobbit' Cast". accesshollywood.com. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
- Kirsten Acuna (November 7, 2012). "Meet The 13 Full-Size Actors Playing Dwarves In 'The Hobbit'". BusinessInsider.com. Retrieved October 22, 2010.