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Temuera Morrison

Star Wars, Aquaman

Temuera Morrison played Jango Fett, the father to Boba Fett, and all of the clone troopers in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Morrison also acted and voice-acted in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith as Clone Commanders Cody, Odd Ball, Gree, Appo, and many others. He is also known for voicing Chief Tui, the father of the title character in Disney’s Moana, and for playing Arthur Curry’s father, Tom Curry, in the blockbuster Aquaman movie still in theaters.

Temuera Morrison is an actor who 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. 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.

Temuera played opposite Marlon Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau. He has appeared in supporting roles in Speed 2: Cruise Control and The Beautiful Country. In 1988, he got to show some comic flair in the James Bond parody Never Say Die. Morrison portrayed Abin Sur in the superhero film Green Lantern.

Morrison gained attention for his role as the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. 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, and reappeared as a number of clones in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He re-recorded the lines of Boba Fett and another clone in the 2004 DVD re-releases of the original Star Wars trilogy, replacing the voice of Jason Wingreen.

In 2005, Morrison became the host of the talk show The Tem Show on New Zealand television. He started writing an autobiography in 2009, which he hoped would inspire others to reach for the stars. The multi-talented artist then 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 his uncle, Sir Howard Morrison, used to perform at local venues when he was growing up.

Morrison voiced Chief Tui, the father of the title character in Moana, and recently wrapped work on the live action feature, Dora The Explorer, set to hit theaters in August.

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