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Karl Urban Biography

In this article, we’ll talk about Karl Urban, the actor who plays Billy Butcher in Amazon Prime’s The Boys.


Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor born on June 7, 1972, in Wellington, New Zealand. He attended St Marks Church School where he showed an early love for public performance. Karl also attended Wellington College and later enrolled at the Victoria University of Wellington for a Bachelor of Arts program. He left the program after a year to pursue a career in acting.

Karl Urban: Career

Karl’s first acting role came at age 8 when he had a single line in one episode of the New Zealand television series, Pioneer Woman. Though continuing to take part in school stage productions, he did not act professionally again until after high school. After leaving university, he appeared in several local tv commercials and theatre productions in Wellington. Eventually, he moved to Auckland where he was offered many guest roles in Tv shows such as “Xena: Warrior Princess”.

Karl’s first Hollywood role was in the 2002 horror film “Ghost Ship”. Since then, he has starred in many high-profile movies including The Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Supremacy, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, and Doom.,

In 2011, he portrayed Black Hat in the movie, Priest. In 2017, he played Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.

Since 2019, Karl has starred as William ‘Billy’ Butcher in the Amazon Prime series The Boys.

Other Ventures

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In September 2004, Urban married his longtime partner, Natalie Wihongi. Together they have 2 sons: Hunter and Indiana.

Karl serves as a celebrity ambassador for KidsCan, a charity that supports disadvantaged children in New Zealand. In May 2022, UNICEF welcomed Karl as an official ambassador to raise awareness of children’s rights both in New Zealand and around the world.

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Karl Urban’s net worth is an estimated $20 million.

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