Temuera Morrison

Temuera Morrison

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Temuera Derek Morrison (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor. He has become one of the country's most famous stars for his roles as the abusive Jake "the Muss" Heke in 1994's Once Were Warriors and as bounty hunter Jango Fett and the Clone Troopers in the Star Wars series. He also voiced Boba Fett in the 2004 special edition of The Empire Strikes Back.

Personal life

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua in the North Island of New Zealand, the son of Hana (née Stafford) and Laurie Morrison, a musician. 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. Morrison lives in New Zealand, and divides his time filming there and in 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.

Career

Trained in drama under the New Zealand Special Performing Arts Training Scheme, one of his earliest roles was in the 1988 film Never Say Die, opposite Lisa Eilbacher. Before this he had starred as a character called "Ricky" in the original TV1 soap opera Close to Home. He played Dr. Hone Ropata on the television soap opera Shortland Street from 1992–1995; he was immortalized when...
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