Karl Urban (born Karl-Heinz Urban on June 7, 1972 in Wellington, New Zealand) played the role of Éomer in the Lord of the Rings films directed by Peter Jackson.

Character BiographyEdit

Éomer was adopted together with his sister, Éowyn, by King Theoden of Rohan when their parents died. Éomer was a Marshall of the Mark when he encountered Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas during their pursuit of Merry and Pippin through Rohan. Although he first doubted the intentions of this strange group he soon learned the true identity of Aragorn. It was also Éomer who attacked and killed the group of Orcs that had captured Merry and Pippin allowing them to escape into Fangorn Forest. Aragorn and Éomer met again as Aragorn had predicted to fight side by side at the defense of Helm's Deep. After the battle for Helm's Deep he also rode to Minas Tirith to help in the defense of the city. After the death of King Theoden and the injuring of Éowyn, Éomer was overcome with anger as he led the Riders of the Mark to fight the enemy. After the Battle of the Pelennor Fields he was happy to learn that Éowyn could be healed. Éomer became the new King of the Mark. "


Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather goods manufacturer (who had hoped hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television show. However, he did not act again until after high school. He was offered a role in the NZ drama "Shortland Street" (1992), as he was preparing to attend Victoria University. After appearing on the show for the 1993-1994 season he attended the university for one year, then left to pursue his acting career. Over the next few years, he landed several theater roles in the Wellington area. Eventually, he moved to Auckland where a number of guest roles in NZ television followed. One of his first roles was that of a heroin addict in the drama "Shark in the Park" (1989). He was in a movie as well, entitled Once in Chunuck Bay (AKA Chunuk Bair (1992). Other television roles followed, including a guest starring role in the series "White Fang" (1993). Karl's biggest role yet is Leonard "Bones" McCoy in "Star Trek" (2009). He also portrayed four different roles on Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), which also co-starred Manu Bennett.

Personal lifeEdit

Karl and his wife Natalie Wihongi (she was his make-up artist in Privateers) have two sons, Hunter (born November, 2000) and Indy (born January, 2005).  Hunter was born during the filming of The Lord of the Rings, and, according to one interview with Brad Dourif, Karl was torn between rushing home to see his son, and showing up for filming the next day as he was originally scheduled to do; Dourif "ordered" him to go home.

Karl's hobbies include fishing, surfing, golfing, indoor rock climbing and gardening. He is said to be very active and athletic. He put a lot of hard work into learning how to ride on horseback for his role in The Lord of the Rings.

Regardless of rumors and assumptions, Karl's management has often stated that Karl is NOT related to Keith Urban, the famous singer, with whom Karl shares a 'K' initial and a last name.

He's said to have a band with his two brothers called "The Urban Brothers".

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