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[[caption-width-right:350:Karl Urban, displaying the later mentioned {{Fanservice}}.]]
->''"I would rather have a scene-stealing bit part than a lead role."''

'''Karl-Heinz Urban''' (born June 7, 1972) is an actor from UsefulNotes/NewZealand (he is half-German, as you can maybe tell from his first name). He is married to (but separated from) fellow Kiwi Natalie Wihongi, who was his makeup artist on the 2000 TV movie ''The Privateers''. The couple has two sons, Hunter and Indiana. He is currently dating Creator/KateeSackhoff.

He started off in soaps and small-time TV dramas, worked his way up to ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and local film productions, and now co-stars in Hollywood blockbusters with macho men like Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/VinDiesel and Wrestling/TheRock.

Probably best known for playing [[TheMcCoy Leonard 'Bones' [=McCoy=]]] in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, Éomer in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', and being in most of the genre movies you've seen. He also played the title character in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' and was one of the leads in TV series ''Series/AlmostHuman''.

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!!Film and TV Works :

* Rohann Murdoch in ''Series/SharkInThePark'' (1990)
* Jamie Forrest in ''Series/ShortlandStreet'' (1993)
* James Westwood in ''Series/RidingHigh'' (1995)
* Cupid in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' (1996)
* Cupid and Julius Caesar in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' (1996)
* Sweeper in ''Film/{{Heaven}}'' (1998)
* Harry Ballard in ''Film/TheIrrefutableTruthAboutDemons'' (2000)
* Rob in ''Film/ThePriceOfMilk'' (2000)
* Munder in ''Film/GhostShip'' (2002)
* Éomer in ''Film/TheTwoTowers'' (2002)
* Éomer in ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing'' (2003)
* Lord Vaako in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' (2004)
* Kirill in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' (2004)
* John Grimm in ''Film/{{Doom}}'' (2005)
* Nick Harvey in ''Film/OutOfTheBlue'' (2006)
* Ghost in ''Pathfinder'' (2007)
* Woodrow F. Call in ''Series/ComancheMoon'' (2008)
* Leonard [=McCoy=] in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)
* Earl Pike in ''Film/BlackWaterTransit'' (2009)
* Michael in ''Film/AndSoonTheDarkness'' (2010)
* William Cooper in ''Film/{{Red}}'' (2010)
* Black Hat in ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'' (2011)
* Judge Dredd in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' (2012)
* Leonard [=McCoy=] in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' (2013)
* Lord Vaako in ''Film/{{Riddick}}'' (2013)
* Uncle Zack in ''Film/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' (2013)
* John Kennex in ''Series/AlmostHuman'' (2013)
* Vincent Stevens in ''Film/TheLoft'' (2015)
* Leonard [=McCoy=] in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' (2016)
* Skurge the Executioner in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' (2017)
* William Stanley in ''Film/TheWonder'' (TBD)

!!This actor and his roles provide examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Just look at his picture above.
* BadassLongcoat : As Black Hat, Kirill and Vincent Stevens.
* CelebrityResemblance : He looks like Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico. [[http://cheezburger.com/2256644352/ Noted here]].
* CoolHelmet : As Éomer, Vaako and Dredd.
* DeadpanSnarker: As [=McCoy=], Film/{{Dredd}} and [[Series/AlmostHuman John Kennex]].
* EvenTheGuysWantHim : Creator/ChrisPine has admitted to having a man crush on his ''Star Trek'' co-star.
* FanCommunityNickname : His fans are known as Urbabes, Urbanites or Urbanologists. Take your pick.
* {{Fanservice}}: He once [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stuck a microphone]] [[VisualInnuendo in his mouth]] at a Q&A.
* FascinatingEyebrow: A notable quirk of [=McCoy=] which Urban actually possessed in real life before taking on the role. Creator/ChrisPine once said that Urban has "the best eyebrow raise in the business".
* HypotheticalCasting : The authors of the Cut & Run series of novels see him as main character Ty Grady. The description in the first book is so obvious that they might as well have used his photo.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor : He's played his fair share of villains, killers, grumps and snarks, but by all accounts is a ridiculously nice, generous, humble, ''nerdy'' guy.
* MistakenIdentity : Sometimes mistaken for New Zealand-born country music star Music/KeithUrban. A Singapore newspaper once reported that he had married Creator/NicoleKidman.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping : His American accent is pretty good, but he'll occasionally slip into his native Kiwi accent, usually when he's yelling, speaking rapidly or when the word contains the letter 't'.
* PerpetualFrowner : The man pulls a world class frown. Even when he's smiling, he's also frowning.
* PersonalArcade : He is an avid pinball fan with a sizeable collection of his own machines. He provided the voice recordings for the ''Pinball/StarTrekStern'' pinball game.
* PromotedFanboy : He was a hardcore Trekkie growing up. He was cast as Dr.McCoy in Star Trek. He also does the most faithful impression of the original character out of the entire cast.
* RealMenWearPink : In an interview with ''Women's Health'', he revealed that he loves to light scented candles and take long baths.
* ShirtlessScene :
** As Ghost in ''Pathfinder''.
** As Cupid in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''.
** As Harry in ''Film/TheIrrefutableTruthAboutDemons''.
** As Rob in ''Film/ThePriceOfMilk''.
** And in real life, he always seems to have a few extra buttons undone on his shirt.
* TallDarkAndHandsome : He stands 6'1".
* {{Troll}} :
** He promised fans some footage of the sequel to ''Film/StarTrek'' instead we got [[http://www.slashfilm.com/karl-urbans-practical-joke-results-10-seconds-star-trek-2-set-footage/ this.]]
** Then there was the whole "Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be a great Gary Mitchell" wind-up. Well played, sir. Well played.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes : After the skinny-dipping scene in ''Film/ThePriceOfMilk'', he developed such an aversion to milk that he had to go for phobia counseling.
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