Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor, best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trekand Star Trek Into Darkness, Cupid and Julius Caesar in Xena: Warrior Princess, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, and Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd. He recently played the main character John Kennex in the sci-fi television series Almost Human.
Urban’s first Hollywood role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship. Since then, he has worked on many high-profile movies, including the second and third installments of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Two Towers and The Return of the King), The Bourne Supremacy (as Russian Federal Security Service agent Kirill), The Chronicles of Riddick, and Doom.
Urban played John “Reaper” Grimm in Universal Pictures’ Doom (based on the first-person shooter video game Doom), which was released in 2005. In 2007, he starred in the Viking adventurePathfinder. He portrayed Woodrow F. Call in the 2008 miniseries Comanche Moon. In 2009, he played Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, a role famously originated by DeForest Kelley, in the most recent Star Trek film series, directed by J.J. Abrams. A fan of the Star Trek franchise since childhood, Urban actively pursued a role in the film. His performance was widely embraced by the Star Trek fan community for its faithfulness to the spirit of Kelley’s McCoy.
Urban next appeared as CIA agent William Cooper in RED, adapted from the DC Comics graphic novel of the same name and co-starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He portrayed Black Hat, a villainous priest-turned-vampire, in the film adaption of the Korean manhwa Priest, released in 2011. In 2012, Urban starred as law-enforcing comic book hero Judge Dredd in the film Dredd. Though it underperformed at the box office, Dredd was well received by critics and fans alike. He reprised his role of “Bones” McCoy in the sequel to Star Trek, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
Urban will next be seen in the ensemble thriller The Loft, a remake of the Belgian film of the same name. He currently stars in the hit sci-fi television series Almost Human as Detective John Kennex.