Lawrence Makoare

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Lawrence Makoare
Lawrence Makoare
Born (1968-03-20) 20 March 1968 (age 47)
Bastion Point, Auckland, New Zealand
Residence New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Known for
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm).[1]

Lawrence Makoare (born 20 March 1968) is a New Zealand Māori actor.


Makoare was a road construction builder who drifted into acting after he accompanied a girlfriend to a drama class and was picked out by the teacher to perform because of his impressive height. He began his career performing as a stuntman.[2] Makoare is probably best known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. In The Fellowship of the Ring he portrayed the Uruk-hai leader Lurtz, and in The Return of the King he portrayed the Witch-king of Angmar as well as Gothmog, the Orc commander at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug he portrayed the Orc commander Bolg, son of Azog. Due to filming commitments on Marco Polo Makoare was unavailable during the pick-ups shooting of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in which Bolg is portrayed by John Tui instead.

Makoare is also popular among Xena: Warrior Princess fans, having played two memorable characters in the third season: a Barbarian leader in episode "The Quill Is Mightier..."; and Maecanus (a minion of Aphrodite) in episode "Fins, Femmes and Gems". In 2002 he portrayed Mr. Kil in the James Bond film Die Another Day. The director of The Dead Lands, Toa Fraser, was not enthusiastic about using Makoare as the warrior but was won over by the way he managed, after a few directing hints, to turn in a performance that made him weep.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Makoare with a fan cosplaying as Lurtz, his character from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Makoare has five children.[4]



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