Temuera Morrison

Quick Facts

 

  • FULL NAME: Temuera Derek Morrison.
  • BIRTH NAME: Temuera Jack Nicolas David Morrison
  • OTHER NAMES: Tem.
  • BIRTHDATE: 26 December, 1960.
  • BIRTHPLACE: Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
  • BIRTH SIGN: Capricorn — The Sea Goat
  • CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Māori, Scottish, and Irish.
  • HEIGHT: 5’9″
  • HAIR: Dark Brown.
  • EYES: Dark Brown.
  • FATHER: Laurie Morrison.
  • MOTHER: Hana Morrison (née Stafford).
  • SIBLINGS: Taini Hannah Merenia Morrison (bc. 1958 – d: 8 June 2009).
  • PARTNER: Currently, Ashlee Howden-Sadlier; Angela Dotchin (1997–2002). Kim Willoughby; Peata Melbourne.
  • CHILDREN: Son James Morrison with Kim Willoughby; Daugher, Aiorangi Morrison with Peata Melbourne;
  • EDUCATION: Wesley College, Auckland, and Western Heights High School, Rotorua.
  • FAVOURITE AUTHORS: N/A
  • FAVOURITE SINGERS/BANDS: N/A
  • FAVOURITE THINGS: N/A

MISCELLANEOUS FACTs:

QUOTES

  • 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.

TRIVIA:

  • 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.

Biography

Early Life:

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. 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.

Career:

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.

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.

Star Wars:

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 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). 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 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]” 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. Morrison reprises his role as Boba Fett following Fett’s life after the events of the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. The series premiered on December 29, 2021.

Other Roles:

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.

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