Temuera Morrison

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Temuera Morrison
Tem Morr.jpg
BornTemuera Derek Morrison
(1960-12-26) 26 December 1960 (age 53)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Ashlee Howden-Sadlier
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Temuera Morrison
Tem Morr.jpg
BornTemuera Derek Morrison
(1960-12-26) 26 December 1960 (age 53)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Ashlee Howden-Sadlier

Temuera Derek Morrison MNZM (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor, with roles including the abusive Jake "the Muss" Heke in 1994's Once Were Warriors, and bounty hunter Jango Fett and the Clone Troopers in the Star Wars series. He also voiced Boba Fett in the 2004 special edition of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] He is of Māori, Scottish, and Irish descent.[2] 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. Morrison lives in New Zealand, and divides his time filming there and in Australia and the United States. He has an adult son, James and two young Daughter Te Rauna Morrison and Te Kahu Morrison from a relationship in the late 1980s with singer Kim Willoughby from the all-girl group When The Cat's Away. Temuera Morrison's partner of seven years Ashlee Howden-Sadlier is 26 years his junior and is of Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent.


His first role was as 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 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 as the violent and abusive Māori husband Jake Heke in Once Were Warriors, a film adaptation of Alan Duff's novel of the same name. The role won him international acclaim, and he received the 1994 award for best male performance in a dramatic role from the New Zealand Film and TV 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. He said in 2010 that his role as Jake the Muss was a millstone round his 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 made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to drama.[4]

He started writing an autobiography in 2009, which he hoped would inspire others to reach for the stars.[5]

Star Wars[edit]

In recent years, Morrison has received much popularity from his role 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 acting and voice work for the soldiers. He reappeared as a number of clones in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the final film of the series, and rerecorded 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 commando "Boss" in Star Wars: Republic Commando, voiced all the troopers in Star Wars: Battlefront, and returned again to voice the bounty hunters Jango Fett and Boba Fett in Star Wars: Battlefront II. He played Jango again in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, which reveals the origins of Jango Fett, and played Boba Fett in the 2006 game Star Wars: Empire at War. He also reprised his roles uncredited as Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and the clones in the video games Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron and Lego Star Wars The Video Game.

Other roles[edit]

Temuera returned to Shortland Street for six weeks in June/July 2008 as 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 portrayed Abin Sur in the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern.[6]


1972Rangi's CatchRangi
1980Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackBoba Fettvoiceover, 2004 rerelease only
1984Other HalvesTony
1986SeekersSelwyn Broadhead10 episodes
1987GlossSeanTV series
1987AdventurerMaruTV series
1988MauriYoung Cop
1990Grasscutter, TheThe GrasscutterDet. Sgt. Harris
1990Shark in the ParkMason, MarkEpisode: "Ten-Zero, Dingo"
1990Never Say DieAlf Winters
Shortland StreetDr. Hone Ropata
1994Once Were WarriorsJake "the Muss" Heke
1996Whipping BoyJack
1996Barb WireAxel
1996Island of Dr. Moreau, TheThe Island of Dr. MoreauAzazello
1996Broken EnglishManu
1997Speed 2: Cruise ControlJuliano
1998Six Days Seven NightsJager
1999Little White LiesTim
1999What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?Jake Heke
1999From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's DaughterThe HangmanVideo
2000Vertical LimitMajor Rasul
2001Crooked EarthWill Bastion
2001Ihaka: Blunt InstrumentTito IhakaTV movie
2002Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the ClonesJango Fett & clone troopers
2004Beautiful Country, TheThe Beautiful CountrySnakehead
2004BlueberryRuniAKA, Renegade
2005Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the SithCommander Cody & all clone troopers
2005River QueenTe Kai Po
2008Rain of the ChildrenRua Kenana
2009Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake, TheThe Immortal Voyage of Captain DrakeDon SandovateTV movie
2009Couples RetreatBriggs
2009Marine 2, TheThe Marine 2DamoVideo
2011Spartacus: Gods of the ArenaDoctoreEpisode: "Past Transgressions"
Episode: "Missio"
2011Green LanternAbin Sur
2012The Scorpion King 3: Battle for RedemptionKing Rasmusan
2012Fresh MeatHemi Crane
2013Mt Zion

Video Games[edit]

2002Star Wars: Bounty HunterJango Fett
2004Star Wars: BattlefrontRepublic Infantry / Republic Officer
2005Star Wars: Republic CommandoDelta 38
2005Star Wars: Battlefront IIBoba Fett / Jango Fett / Republic Officer 1 / Retired Clone Trooper
2006Star Wars: Empire at WarBoba Fett


  1. ^ "Temuera Morrison Biography (1961–)". Film Reference Library. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Spratt, Amanda (23 October 2005). "Howard Morrison a knight in full voice". Herald on Sunday. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Once were Warriors star Jake a millstone". Stuff/Fairfax. 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 1996. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Once Were Warriors star hits write note". Stuff/Fairfax. 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Borys Kit (15 March 2010). "Two kiwi actors join "Green Lantern"". Reuters (Reuters.com). Retrieved 12 February 2011. 

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