David Fane

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David Fane
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s)Bronwyn Bradley

David Fane (born 1966) is a New Zealand actor of Samoan descent.


Early life and education

Fane was educated at St. Pauls College in Grey Lynn.


Fane got into acting quite late and trained at the New Zealand Drama School Toi Whakaari, graduating in 1991.

He first appeared on television in a sketch comedy show called SKITZ alongside future Naked Samoans Oscar Kightley and Robbie Magasiva. He then did the sitcom spinoff "The Semisis" in which he played the father and the minister. In 2004 he performed in a play written by Oscar Kightley and Dave Andrews called Niu Sila. The play won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Outstanding New Zealand Play of the Year. [1] Fane was a founding member of Naked Samoans. He played a leading role in Sione's Wedding. Other roles include parts in The Tattooist, bro'Town, Outrageous Fortune and the lead role in Diplomatic Immunity.

Fane is part host on the TV2 series "Island Wars" and morning host for the New Zealand radio station Flava 95.8 for 10 years.

In 2016 he was awarded the Emerging Pacific Artist award with Oscar Kightley at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifka Awards. [2]


In 2010, at the inaugural Radio Roast Fane pushed insult comedy boundaries when roasting advertising executives in front of a celebrity audience. He said that "Hitler had a right", people living with HIV deserved to be "roasted", and "Jews were expendable". The media, taking the incident out of context, suggested it was a drunken tirade when in fact it was in line with the theme of the night, a risque comedy Roast and Fane was explicitly instructed on what line to take. Fane abjectly apologised to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) and New Zealand Jewish Council. Both organisations accepted his apology on behalf of their communities. [3] [4] [5]



2002 Tongan Ninja Herman the Henchman
2003 The Legend of Johnny Lingo Kata
2006 Sione's Wedding Bolo/Paul
2007 Eagle vs Shark Eric Elisi
2011 Love Birds Kanga
2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Bolo/Paul
TBA Next Goal Wins Post-production


1993–97 SKITZ Various Characters
1996 Telly Laughs Various Characters
1998 The Semisis Dad
1999 Target Theo
2002–2003 The Strip Jack Sione
2004–2009 Bro'Town Jeff da Maori / Rodney McCorkenstein-Taifule 'Mack'/ Pepelo Pepelo / Agnes Tapili / Additional Voices
2005 The Market Tu'u Lima
2005–2010 Outrageous Fortune Falani
2009 Diplomatic Immunity Jonah Fa'auigaese
2010 Radiradirah Various characters

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