Pua Magasiva

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Pua Magasiva
Born (1980-08-10) August 10, 1980 (age 37)
Apia, Samoa
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Kourtney Magasiva m. 2012–2015

Pua Magasiva (born August 10, 1980) is a Samoan-New Zealand actor, who is best known for his roles as Shane Clarke, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, and Nurse Vinnie Kruse in New Zealand soap Shortland Street.

Biography[edit]

Magasiva was born in Apia, Samoa, but raised in Wellington, New Zealand since he was two years old. He is the younger brother of actor Robbie Magasiva. It was Robbie who inspired Magasiva to become an actor, after being signed up with an acting agency and acquiring small roles. In 1999, he made a minor appearance on Shortland Street as Elvis Iosefa, a relative of Louie Iosefa (played by Shimpal Lelisi). Then in 2001, he landed a role in a six-part Māori language television series called Aroha. The series went on to screen at the International Film Festival in Auckland, receiving critical praise. Finally in 2003, Magasiva made the leading roles in both Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (which included a guest appearance by Robbie in one episode) and Shortland Street. He stayed on Shortland Street until 2006. By then, he played the title character in the comedy film Sione's Wedding, which starred his brother Robbie and other members of the Naked Samoans. In 2007, he appeared in the horror film 30 Days of Night. In 2009, Magasiva made guest appearances in Diplomatic Immunity and Outrageous Fortune. In 2011, he returned as Vinnie Kruse on Shortland Street.

Outside his work on television and film, Magasiva has acted in theatre, including Two Days in Dream in 2003 (written by Mario Gaoa, member of the Naked Samoans, and directed by Colin Mitchell). Another play that he acted in was Sex with Strangers, which was written by Mitchell, though Two Days in Dream was well received by critics. In 2008, he co-starred with brother Robbie in the play Where We Once Belonged. Magasiva has also appeared in nine Lift Plus commercials in New Zealand and also took over his brother's role as the Small Blacks TV News presenter opposite Conrad Snakey Smith. In January 2017, he helped pull a man from his burning car.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Other Side of Heaven Finau
2004 Haka & Siva Siva Short film
2006 Sione's Wedding Sione
Uso Ranatonga Short film
2007 30 Days of Night Malekai Hamm
2010 Matariki Sergeant Wolfgram
2011 Panic at Rock Island TK
2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Sione

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992; 1999; 2003-2006; 2011- present Shortland Street Elvis Iosefa (1992, 1999)
Nurse Vinnie Kruse (2003-2006, 2011–present)
308 episodes
2002 Unfinished Business Greg
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Shane Clarke
Red Wind Ranger
38 episodes
2004 Power Rangers Dino Thunder Shane Clarke
Red Wind Ranger
2 episodes
What Now? Himself 1 episode - Episode #23.2
2009 Diplomatic Immunity The Niu 1 episode - Boris the Spider
Outrageous Fortune Issac 5 episodes
2011 East West 101 Pua 1 episode - Pua
2013–present Himself
2014 Flat3 Winston 1 episode - The Game

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Red Ranger

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cowlishaw, Shane (10 January 2017). "Shortland Street star real-life hero". The Press. p. A5. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 

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