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 61)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Other namesTem
Alma materWesley College, Auckland
Western Heights High School
OccupationActor
Years active1972–present
Partner(s)Angela Dotchin (1997–2002)
Children2
RelativesTaini Morrison (sister)
Howard Morrison (uncle)
Atareta Maxwell (aunt)
Michael Ashton (cousin)

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

Outside New Zealand, Morrison is best known for his work in the Star Wars multimedia franchise, playing the roles of Jango Fett as well as his many genetic clones, including the clone troopers and Jango's clone son Boba. He originated the role of Jango in the 2002 film Attack of the Clones. Morrison would go on to provide the voice of Boba Fett in the 2004 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back, and then portray Boba fully in the second season of The Mandalorian (2019–present) and the spin-off show The Book of Boba Fett (2021–present). Morrison is also known for voicing Chief Tui, the father of the title character in Disney's Moana (2016), and for playing Arthur Curry's father Thomas in Aquaman (2018).

Early life[edit]

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, on the North Island of New Zealand. He is the son of Hana Morrison (née Stafford), and musician Laurie Morrison.[1] He is of Māori, 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.

Career[edit]

His first role was 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 Dr. 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 for his role 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 sold to many countries overseas. The role won him international acclaim and he received the award for best male performance in a dramatic role at the 1994 New Zealand Film and Television 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 appointed 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 of covers of songs that his father, and uncle Sir Howard Morrison, used to perform at local venues when he was growing up.[6]

Star Wars[edit]

Morrison appeared 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 the voice acting for the clones.[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 clone "son") 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 clone commando "Boss" in Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005), voiced all the troopers in Star Wars: Battlefront (2004), and voiced both Jango and Boba Fett in its sequel, Battlefront II (2005). Morrison reprised his role as Jango in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002), a game centered around the character, and LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (2005), along with his clones, but was uncredited in the latter. He also voiced Boba in the 2006 game Star Wars: Empire at War, and DICE's Star Wars Battlefront (2015) and Battlefront II (2017), the latter of which were produced by EA.

Morrison physically portrayed Boba Fett for the first time in the second season of The Mandalorian (2020).[8] In the show, Morrison portrays an aged, weathered version of the character.[9] Morrison's Fett has heavy scars on his face, and wears dark robes before reclaiming and restoring his armor. Morrison says that with the physically worn appearance, he adjusted his voice to be more gravelly, as if Boba's vocal cords were affected by his past traumas. With the role, Morrison was also able to bring a bit of his own Māori culture to Fett's portrayal. In an interview with The New York Times, he said that he "wanted to bring that kind of spirit and energy, which we call wairua, [to the role]"[10] and used that influence in his on-screen fight scenes, both in the hand-to-hand combat and while wielding weapons.

In 2020, a spinoff of the hit series The Mandalorian was announced, titled The Book of Boba Fett.[11] Morrison reprises his role as Boba Fett[11] following Fett's life after the events of the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. The series premiered on December 29, 2021.[12]

Other roles[edit]

Morrison 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 has appeared in two separate DC Comics related films. The first, portraying Abin Sur in the 2011 film Green Lantern.[13] In 2018 he played lighthouse keeper and Arthur‘s father Tom Curry in Aquaman. He will reprise the role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, scheduled to be released on December 16, 2022.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Morrison lives in New Zealand, and divides his time between filming there, 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, Aiorangi, with Peata Melbourne. Morrison's partner of seven years, Ashlee Howden-Sadlier, is 26 years his junior, and of Māori descent (specifically Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Rangi's Catch Rangi
1984 Other Halves Tony
1988 Never Say Die Alf Winters
1988 Mauri Young Cop
1990 The Grasscutter Sergeant Harris TV movie
1994 Once Were Warriors Jake 'The Muss' Heke
1996 Barb Wire Axel Hood
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Azazello
1996 Broken English Manu
1996 Little White Lies Tim a.k.a. White Lies
1996 Whipping Boy Jack TV movie
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control First Mate Juliano
1998 Six Days, Seven Nights Jager
1999 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Jake 'The Muss' Heke Sequel to Once Were Warriors
1999 From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Mauricio / The Hangman Direct-to-video
2000 Vertical Limit Major Rasul
2001 Crooked Earth Will Bastion
2001 Ihaka: Blunt Instrument Tito Ihaka TV movie
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Jango Fett, Clone Trooper For clone trooper only (voice performed by Bodie Taylor)[15][16]
2004 The Beautiful Country Snakehead
2004 Blueberry Runi a.k.a. Renegade
2004 The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett Voice; DVD version
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Commander Cody, Clone Trooper Clone trooper roles shared with Bodie Taylor
2005 River Queen Te Kai Po
2005 The Reluctant Hero Narrator TV movie; documentary
2008 Rain of the Children Rua Kenana Documentary
2009 The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake Don Sandovate TV movie
2009 Couples Retreat Briggs
2009 The Marine 2 Damo Direct-to-video
2010 Tracker Kereama
2011 Green Lantern Abin Sur
2012 The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption King Ramusan Direct-to-video
2012 Fresh Meat Hemi Crane
2013 Mt Zion Dad
2016 Mahana (The Patriarch) Grandfather Mahana
2016 Hard Target 2 Madden Direct-to-video
2016 The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One Warden Mourdain
2016 Moana Chief Tui[17] Voice
2016 Dawn Wikkanak TV movie
2018 Occupation Peter Bartlett
2018 Aquaman Thomas Curry
2019 The Brighton Miracle Eddie Jones
2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold Powell
2019 Mosley Warfield
2021 Occupation: Rainfall Peter Bartlett [18]
2022 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Thomas Curry Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Seekers Selwyn Broadhead 10 episodes
1987 Adventurer Maru 10 episodes
1987–1990 Gloss Sean Recurring role
1990 Shark in the Park Mason / Mark Episode: "Ten-Zero, Dingo"
1992–1995, 2008 Shortland Street Dr. Hone Ropata Main role
1995 New Zealand at War Narrator Documentary miniseries
2001–2002 Mataku Presenter / Host
2005 The Tem Show Presenter / Host Talk show
2006 Bro'Town Himself Voice; Episode: "Know Me Before You Haunt Me"
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Doctore Episodes: "Past Transgressions" and "Missio"
2012 Missing Christmas Jack TePania[17] Voice; Animated Christmas special; precursor of series The Barefoot Bandits
2013 The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison Himself Documentary miniseries
2014 Happy Hour Presenter / Host
2015 The Barefoot Bandits Jack TePania[17] Voice; animated series; main role
9 Episodes
2015 Tatau Anaru Vaipiti Miniseries; main role
2016 This Is Piki Bill Mercer
2018 Frontier Te Rangi
2020 The Mandalorian Boba Fett 4 episodes
2021 Star Wars: Visions Voice; Short film: Tatooine Rhapsody: English language dub[19]
2021–present The Book of Boba Fett 4 episodes
Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Jango Fett Voice [17]
2004 Star Wars: Battlefront Republic Infantry / Republic Officer Voice [17]
2005 Star Wars: Republic Commando RC-1138 "Delta 38" Voice [17]
2005 LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game Jango Fett / Clone Troopers Voice; uncredited
2005 Star Wars: Battlefront II Boba Fett / Jango Fett / Republic Officer 1 / Retired Clone Trooper Voice [17]
2006 Star Wars: Empire at War Boba Fett Voice [17]
2015 Star Wars Battlefront Voice
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Voice

References[edit]

  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.co.nz. 19 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 1996". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 3 June 1996. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Once Were Warriors star hits write note". Stuff.co.nz. 19 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Temuera Morrison - 'Tem'". Radio New Zealand. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  7. ^ Capps, Kriston (28 November 2014). "Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars". The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  8. ^ Couch, Aaron; Kit, Borys (8 May 2020). "'The Mandalorian': Temuera Morrison Returns to 'Star Wars' Universe to Play Boba Fett (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  9. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (7 December 2020). "Being Boba Fett: Temuera Morrison Discusses 'The Mandalorian'". The New York Times (in American English). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  10. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (7 December 2020). "Being Boba Fett: Temuera Morrison Discusses 'The Mandalorian'". The New York Times (in American English). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  11. ^ a b Hibberd, James (16 December 2021). "How 'The Book of Boba Fett' Will Shake Up 'Star Wars'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (29 September 2021). "'Mandalorian' Spinoff 'Book of Boba Fett' Gets December Date on Disney+". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 30 September 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (15 March 2010). "Two kiwi actors join "Green Lantern"". Reuters. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  14. ^ Crumlish, Callum (13 June 2021). "Aquaman 2: Temuera Morrison on returning to DC Comics series in The Lost Kingdom". Daily Express. Archived from the original on 3 July 2021. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Clone Troopers". StarWars.com. Lucasfilm. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  16. ^ Duncan, Jody (July 2002). "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Love and War". Cinefex (90): 90. The same technique was used to create multiple twenty-year-old clones in the commissary, with Rosenberg shooting actor Bodie Taylor a total of 99 times, in various positions, on a set of ILM
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "Temuera Morrison - 18 Character Images". Behind The Voice Actors. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  18. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (17 September 2020). "Tribeca Genre Pic Gets U.S. Deal; Jason Isaacs Joins Sci-Fi Film 'Rainfall'; Sales Firm Motus Nabs Colombian Drama — Global Briefs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Stunning New Star Wars: Visions Trailer Debuts". StarWars.com (in American English). 17 August 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2021.

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