Temuera Derek Morrison
26 December 1960
Rotorua, New Zealand
|Alma mater|| Wesley College, Auckland |
Western Heights High School
Angela Dotchin (1997–2002)
|Relatives|| Taini Morrison (sister)|
Howard Morrison (uncle)
Atareta Maxwell (aunt)
Michael Ashton (cousin)
Temuera Derek Morrison(born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor of Maori descent who first gained recognition for his role as Dr. Hone Ropata on the soap opera Shortland Street . He 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 internationally well-known after portraying Jango Fett and his clone troopers in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Morrison would go on to voice Jango’s clone son Boba Fett in the 2004 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back and portray him fully in the second season of The Mandalorian (2020–present), which is to be followed by spin-off show The Book of Boba Fett (2021). He 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).
Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand. He is the son of Hana Morrison (née Stafford), and musician Laurie Morrison.He is of Māori, Scottish, and Irish descent. 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.
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".
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.
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 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.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 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).In the show, Morrison portrays an aged, weathered version of the character. 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 Maori 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]" and used that influence in his on-screen fight scenes, both in the hand-to-hand combat and while wielding weapons.
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 .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.
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 is of Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent.
|1988||Never Say Die||Alf Winters|
|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||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)|
|2004||The Beautiful Country||Snakehead|
|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||The Marine 2||Damo||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Green Lantern||Abin Sur|
|2012||The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption||King Ramusan||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Fresh Meat||Hemi Crane|
|2016||Mahana (The Patriarch)||Grandfather Mahana|
|2016||Hard Target 2||Madden||Direct-to-video|
|2016||The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One||Warden Mourdain|
|2019||The Brighton Miracle||Eddie Jones|
|2019||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||Powell|
|2021||Occupation: Rainfall||Peter Bartlett|
|2022||Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom||Thomas Curry||Filming|
|1986||Seekers||Selwyn Broadhead||10 episodes|
|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||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||Voice; animated series; main role |
|2015||Tatau||Anaru Vaipiti||Miniseries; main role|
|2016||This Is Piki||Bill Mercer|
|2020||The Mandalorian||Boba Fett||4 episodes|
|2021||The Book of Boba Fett||Upcoming series; main role|
|2002||Star Wars: Bounty Hunter||Jango Fett||Voice|
|2004||Star Wars: Battlefront||Republic Infantry / Republic Officer||Voice|
|2005||Star Wars: Republic Commando||RC-1138 "Delta 38"||Voice|
|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|
|2006||Star Wars: Empire at War||Boba Fett||Voice|
|2015||Star Wars Battlefront||Voice|
|2017||Star Wars Battlefront II||Voice|
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