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Temuera Morrison  

New Zealand Actor Known for Roles in "Star Wars," "Green Lantern" and "Once Were Warriors"

Temuera Derek Morrison is a New Zealand actor, who won international acclaim after starring as Jake "The Muss" Heke in the 1994 film Once Were Warriors. In 2002, he portrayed bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand; he is of Maori, Scottish, and Irish 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 starring roles was in the 1988 film Never Say Die, opposite Lisa Eilbacher. After this he played 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 "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 also sold to many countries overseas. 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 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 recent years, Morrison has won attention for 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, and re-recorded 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. Morrison also portrayed Abin Sur in the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern.

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 as well as the clone advisor. Morrison was again featured in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, a game centered around himself, as Jango, in which reveals the origins of Jango Fett. He played Boba Fett in the 2006 game Star Wars: Empire at War. He also reprised his roles uncredited as Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and various clones in the video games Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, and Lego Star Wars: The Video Game.

Morrison lives in New Zealand, and divides his time filming there and in Australia and the United States.


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