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Overview (3)

Born in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Birth NameTemuera Jack Nicolas David Morrison
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Temuera Derek Morrison is a New Zealand actor.

After training 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. In 1994, he received attention for his role as the violent and abusive Maori 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".

In 1996, Morrison played opposite Marlon Brando in The Island Of Dr. Moreau. He has appeared in supporting roles in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and The Beautiful Country (2004). In 1988 he got to show some comic flair in the James Bond parody Never Say Die. 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.

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

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.

Morrison has gained 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 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 "son") and another clone in the 2004 DVD re-releases of the original Star Wars trilogy, replacing the voice of Jason Wingreen.

Most recently, he became known for voicing Chief Tui, the father of the title character in Disney's Moana (2016). Morrison is currently playing Aquaman's father in the Warner Bros. Feature Aquaman 1 & 2.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: JR Talent Group

Family (2)

Parents Morrison (Stafford), Hana
Morrison, Laurie
Relatives Morrison, Taini (sibling)
Howard Morrison (aunt or uncle)

Trade Mark (2)

Maori accent
Tough, angular facial features

Trivia (10)

Nephew of a famous Kiwi entertainer Sir Howard Morrison.
Lived with New Zealand actress Angela Marie Dotchin for over 10 years. Currently lives with partner Peata Melbourne.
December 2003 - New Zealand - While driving alone through the Manawatu, en route to the South Island for a holiday, he fell off his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He broke his leg in two places and spent five days in Palmerston North Hospital, where two pins were placed in his leg.
Dubbed over Jason Wingreen's voice for the character Boba Fett in the 2004 DVD release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)) both appear in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Was the best man at Jay Laga'aia's wedding.
Attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Malmö, Sweden (7-8 May). [May 2005]
Messe Essen, Germany: Attended Star Wars Celebration Europe (July 26-28) [July 2013]
He started writing an autobiography in 2009, which he hoped would inspire others to reach for the stars.
He said in 2010 that his role as Jake the Muss was a millstone round his neck.
In the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours, Morrison was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to drama.

Personal Quotes (2)

I'm just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe.
Sometimes I think, 'Oh, I wish I just had a nice job where you're getting a salary.' Just sometimes.

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