Temuera Morrison

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Temuera Morrison
Temuera Morrison 2016.jpg
Morrison in October 2016
Born Temuera Derek Morrison
(1960-12-26) 26 December 1960 (age 56)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Other names Tem
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present

Ashlee Howden-Sadlier

Angela Marie Dotchin (1997-2002)

Temuera Derek Morrison MNZM (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor, first gained recognition for his role as Dr. Hone Ropata on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and first gained critical acclaim after starring as Jake "The Muss" Heke in the 1994 film Once Were Warriors and its 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

He became known internationally after portraying bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Commander Cody in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) In addition, he provided the voice of the clone troopers in both films. Recently he became known for voicing Chief Tui the father of the title character of Disney's Moana (2016).

Personal life[edit]

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, the son of Hana (née Stafford) and Laurie Morrison, a musician.[1] He is of Māori, and some Scottish and Irish, descent.[2] His sister was performer Taini Morrison and his uncle was musician Sir Howard Morrison. His secondary education took place at Wesley College, Auckland and Western Heights High School, Rotorua. Morrison lives in New Zealand, and divides his time filming there and in Australia and the United States. He has an adult son, James from a relationship in the late 1980s with singer Kim Willoughby from the all-girl group When The Cat's Away and a Daughter Aorangi from Peata Melbourne. Morrison's partner of seven years Ashlee Howden-Sadlier is 26 years his junior and is of Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent.


His first role was as Rangi in the 1973 film Rangi's Catch. He trained in Drama under the New Zealand Special Performing Arts Training Scheme. One of his earliest starring roles was in the 1988 film Never Say Die, opposite Lisa Eilbacher. After this he played Hone Ropata on the television soap opera Shortland Street from 1992–1995; he was immortalised when another character rebuked him with the line "You're not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!"

In 1994 he received attention as the violent and abusive Māori husband Jake "the Muss" Heke in Once Were Warriors, a film adaptation of Alan Duff's novel of the same name. The film became the most successful local title released in New Zealand, and also sold to many countries overseas. The role won him international acclaim and he received the 1994 award for best male performance in a dramatic role from the New Zealand Film and TV Awards. He reprised the role in the sequel, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, for which he received the Best Actor award from the New Zealand Film Awards. Despite the acclaim he received for his performance, Morrison said in 2010 that he felt typecast by the role, to the point that it was "a millstone round my neck".[3]

He has appeared in supporting roles in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and The Beautiful Country (2004). In 2005, Morrison became the host of the talk show The Tem Show on New Zealand television.

In the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours, Morrison was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to drama.[4]

He started writing an autobiography in 2009, which he hoped would inspire others to reach for the stars.[5]

He released his debut album, Tem through Sony Music Entertainment NZ in late November 2014. The album consists on covers his father and uncle, Sir Howard Morrison, used to perform in local venues when he was growing up.[6]

Star Wars[edit]

In recent years, Morrison has won attention for his role as the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). Part of the film's plot involves an army of clones created with Jango's DNA; Morrison also provided acting and voice work for the soldiers.[7] He reappeared as a number of clones in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and re-recorded the lines of the character Boba Fett (Jango's "son") and another clone in the 2004 DVD re-releases of the original Star Wars trilogy, replacing the voice of Jason Wingreen.

He has since portrayed Jango Fett and his clones in a number of Star Wars video games, all produced by LucasArts. He played the commando "Boss" in Star Wars: Republic Commando, voiced all the troopers in Star Wars: Battlefront, and returned again to voice the bounty hunters Jango Fett and Boba Fett in Star Wars: Battlefront II as well as the clone advisor and the narrator of The 501st Journal. Morrison was again featured in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, a game centered around himself, as Jango, in which reveals the origins of Jango Fett. He played Boba Fett in the 2006 game Star Wars: Empire at War. He also reprised his roles uncredited as Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and various clones in the video games Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, and Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Morrison voiced Boba Fett again in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront in 2015.[citation needed]

Other roles[edit]

Temuera returned to Shortland Street for six weeks in June/July 2008 to reprise the role of Dr Hone Ropata.

In 2008, Morrison also appeared on New Zealand skit comedy television show Pulp Sport where he appeared in a sketch that made fun of him being cloned.

Morrison portrayed Abin Sur in the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Rangi's Catch Rangi
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Voice of Boba Fett Uncredited; replaced Jason Wingreen in 2004 DVD re-release.
1984 Other Halves Tony
1986 Seekers Selwyn Broadhead 10 episodes
1987 Gloss Sean TV series
1987 Adventurer Maru TV series
1988 Mauri Young Cop
1988 Grasscutter, TheThe Grasscutter Det. Sgt. Harris
1990 Shark in the Park Mason, Mark Episode: "Ten-Zero, Dingo"
1990 Never Say Die Alf Winters
Shortland Street Dr. Hone Ropata
1994 Once Were Warriors Jake "the Muss" Heke
1996 Whipping Boy Jack
1996 Barb Wire Axel
1996 Island of Dr. Moreau, TheThe Island of Dr. Moreau Azazello
1996 Broken English Manu
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Juliano
1998 Six Days, Seven Nights Jager
1999 Little White Lies Tim
1999 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Jake Heke
1999 From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter The Hangman Video
2000 Vertical Limit Major Rasul
2001 Crooked Earth Will Bastion
2001 Ihaka: Blunt Instrument Tito Ihaka TV movie
2001-2002 Mataku Presenter/Host TV series
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Jango Fett/Clone Troopers
2004 Beautiful Country, TheThe Beautiful Country Snakehead
2004 Blueberry Runi AKA, Renegade
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Commander Cody/Clone Troopers
2005 River Queen Te Kai Po
2008 Rain of the Children Rua Kenana
2009 Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake, TheThe Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake Don Sandovate TV movie
2009 Couples Retreat Briggs
2009 Marine 2, TheThe Marine 2 Damo Direct to video
2010 Tracker Kereama
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Doctore Episode: "Past Transgressions"
Episode: "Missio"
2011 Green Lantern Abin Sur
2012 The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption King Rasmusan Direct to video
2012 Fresh Meat Hemi Crane
2013 Mt Zion Dad
2014 Happy Hour Presenter/Host TV Series
2015 Tatau Anaru Vaipiti TV series
2016 Hard Target 2 Madden Direct to video
2016 Moana Chief Tui Voice role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Jango Fett
2004 Star Wars: Battlefront Republic Infantry / Republic Officer
2005 Star Wars: Republic Commando RC-1138 "Delta 38"
2005 Star Wars: Battlefront II Boba Fett / Jango Fett / Republic Officer 1 / Retired Clone Trooper
2006 Star Wars: Empire at War Boba Fett
2015 Star Wars Battlefront Boba Fett


  1. ^ "Temuera Morrison Biography (1961–)". Film Reference Library. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Spratt, Amanda (23 October 2005). "Howard Morrison a knight in full voice". Herald on Sunday. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Once were Warriors star Jake a millstone". Stuff/Fairfax. 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 1996. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Once Were Warriors star hits write note". Stuff/Fairfax. 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Temuera Morrison - 'Tem'". Radio New Zealand. 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  7. ^ Capps, Kriston (November 28, 2014). "Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ Borys Kit (15 March 2010). "Two kiwi actors join "Green Lantern"". Reuters. Reuters.com. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 

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