Karl-Heinz Urban is a Wellington, New Zealand-born actor who has made a big name in Hollywood, particularly through his work in the “Star Trek” series and “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. Born on 7 June 1972, Karl is of German descent. One of the very popular actors in Hollywood today, Karl has been active in his profession since 1990.
A well-established actor in Hollywood, one may wonder how rich is Karl Urban at the present? As estimated by sources, Karl counts his net worth at an amount of $80 million as of mid-2016. He has managed to amass such an amount of wealth being very successful in his profession for more than 25 years now.
Karl Urban Net Worth $80 million
Raised in New Zealand by his German immigrant parents, Karl was drawn towards the film industry due to his mother’s craze for movies. While attending St. Mark’s Church School, he started to show his love for performing arts, and appeared in his first television role at the age of eight, in the TV series “Pioneer Woman” in which he had only one line. Karl continued performing in several school stage productions, and after matriculating from his high school, he went on to enroll at Wellington College and later attended Victoria University of Wellington, however, Karl dropped out from college before graduating in order to pursue his career as an actor.
He started his adult career by appearing in several commercials in New Zealand. He went on to star in the internationally syndicated television series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess”, in which he portrayed the roles of Cupid and Julius Caesar. In 2002, he starred in his first Hollywood movie, “Ghost Ship”, and was eventually chosen to star in the “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy in 2003, which became a worldwide sensation, in the role of Ëomer. Since then, he has not looked back in his career, and has managed to stay on top of his profession and has worked with some high-profile productions. Of course, this was the pivotal point in his career when his net worth started to skyrocket.
During his career, Karl has worked with several A-list actors and directors, such as director Paul Greengrass and actors Matt Damon, Franka Potente and others in the movie “The Bourne Supremacy”. He has also shared the screen with Chris Pine and John Bo in the J.J. Abrams movie “Star Trek”. In addition, Karl has also worked with David Callaham, Dwayne Johnson and Wesley Strick in the 2005 science fiction action movie “Doom”, in which he appeared in the role of John Grimm. Obviously, being a part of all these successful movies and more has added significantly to Karl’s net worth during his career.
Given Karl’s prominence in Hollywood for quarter of a decade now, he has been honored with several prestigious awards and nominations. Notably, he won the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for his role in the movie “The Lord of The Rings: The Return Of The King”. The role also won him Critics’Choice Movie Award in the same year.
Regarding his personal life, Karl Urban is in a relationship with actress Katee Sackhoff. He was married to Natalie Wihongi in 2004 and the couple lived together in New Zealand until they announced their separation in 2014; the couple has two sons. For now, the celebrity ambassador for KidsCan, a charitable firm, Karl enjoys his life as a successful actor while his present net worth of $80 million caters to his personal and family expenses
Has been a huge fan of the 2000 AD Comics' character Judge Dredd since his teens and got to play the character in the film adaptation Dredd (2012).
He named his son "Indiana" after Harrison Ford's iconic character Indiana Jones, of whom Karl is a huge fan.
His accent as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek (2009) was so reminiscent of DeForest Kelley that it reportedly moved Leonard Nimoy (who starred alongside Kelley in the original series and films) to tears.
Enjoys video games, which is what influenced him to take a role in the film adaptation Doom (2005).
Has played the younger versions of iconic characters in two "prequels". He plays Woodrow Call in the Lonesome Dove (1989) prequel Comanche Moon (2008), and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek (2009).
His character of Cupid was originally written into the Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) Season 5 finale episode "Motherhood", but Urban was unavailable because he was filming The Lord of the Rings elsewhere in New Zealand. As compensation, Rob Tapert wrote the Season 6 episode "When Fates Collide" specifically for him, this time for his more-popular character of Julius Caesar. Tapert also used this episode as an opportunity to bid farewell to two other fan-favorite recurring characters: Alti and Brutus, portrayed by Claire Stansfield and David Franklin. "When Fates Collide" became one of the most popular episodes of the entire series.
Had a beret and coat to perform self-written Frank Spencer skits at ages 11 and 12 as school assembly entertainment.
His hobbies include fishing, surfing, golf and gardening.
Has a black Lab terrier named Ire (pronounced eye-ree) after a Bob Marley song (from the album "Uprising").
He is, and has almost always been, very active. He worked on his aunt and uncle's farm for many years doing odd jobs. For filming the Lord of the Rings movies, he realized that Eomer was a consummate horseman and he was nowhere near that level, so he invested a lot of time learning: six to eight weeks, five days a week, two hours a day. He wanted to learn to neck rein, a method of steering a horse using one hand while leaving the other hand free to wield a sword. He wanted to be so at one with the horse that he wasn't conscious or concerned about what the horse was doing. In addition, he also enjoys indoor rock climbing.
Often plays wisecracking, highly adept characters
Dark intense staring eyes
Deep commanding voice
Dredd (2012) represented a failure in marketing. I saw the tracking of that film weeks before it came out and the fundamental problem was no one knew it was being released. Once it came out on DVD and it sold 750,000 copies in the first week alone in North America alone, it was very clear that the audience had discovered it. 
When you work so hard on making a film, it's all worthwhile when you get to experience seeing that film with an audience who thoroughly enjoy it and react to the movie.
There's only so much you can do until you get on set and see the aesthetics of what you're dealing with. Then you see what the other players are giving to you. It's all about the transfer of energy between different actors.
That's always an interesting concept when you try to make your dream into a reality and you come up against the facts of exactly what it is you're attempting to do.
That is a big danger, losing your inspiration. When I work in film and television I try to do each take a little differently. I never want to do the same thing twice, because then you're not being spontaneous, you're just recreating something.
My philosophy is whatever you do, you've got to invest in yourself. If you don't, there are a lot of people out there who will get the job because they're more prepared than you.
It's such a small industry here, you inevitably end up working with the same people over and over again. There are only so many actors to go around, which is good for us.
It was always something I knew I was capable of and from an early age my mother was involved in the film industry. She used to work at a production company. So I was exposed to a renaissance period of films in New Zealand back in the early 80s.
If I read a script and find it engaging and I start making choices in my mind on how to approach the work, than that's a good indication that it is something worth pursuing.
I'll need every ounce that I have to drive it through. Film and TV require that energy. Sometimes fight scenes can be pretty intense. When I was shooting Heaven (1998), it was truly guerrilla filmmaking.
I don't see a benefit in accepting every single little morsel of work that comes along because I think, in essence, what you're doing is you're raping yourself really.
I did a little theater work after that and the following year I got another part in a television series. Then it was almost to the end of the year before I got more work. That was coming to terms with the reality of the vocation I had chosen.
Now I'm this far up the ladder and I've got so much farther to go with what I want to achieve with it.
I was a fan of the Dredd comics when I was a teenager.
I never envisioned when I was reading that comic as a 17-year-old that I would have the opportunity to actually play the character.
I love fishing and surfing, and I work out every day.
I like the time frame involved in being an actor.
I don't believe I could work as effectively at what I do without the support of my wife.
Nothing beats a great smile.
When I work, I try to eat as much vegetarian as possible. When I do Cupid, I eat vegetarian because I need the energy. I've got those wings on my back.
[on a Dredd (2012) sequel] It's not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It's entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that's what happened with Star Trek (1966). They weren't going to do a third season until fans did a letter-writing campaign and they continued that series.
[on his fondest memory of working with Peter Jackson while shooting the Lord of the Rings trilogy] Peter's really open to the humor in the day-to-day. One time, we were referencing a line in the book, "We counted all the slain and despoiled them, then we piled the carcasses and burned them." Of course, we went on all sorts of disgusting tangents about what else these Rohan soldiers did to the poor Orcs.