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Lawrence Makoare
Lawrence Makoare Lawrence Makoare

Full Name: Lawrence Makoare
Birthdate: 1968
Birthplace: Bastion Point, Auckland, New Zealand
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6' 5"
Spouse: Yes
Children: Sharai, Hore, Harley, Billie and Jesse

Biography: Lawrence Makoare has established an impressive acting career over the past seven years, after his talent was discovered by Don Selwyn in a drama class.

Makoare says he was a road maintenance worker who stumbled into acting by mistake. He went to the drama class with his former wife, to look after their son while she participated, but Selwyn encouraged him to join in and very quickly arranged his first audition.

His first role was in the Hollywood feature film Rapa Nui, which was filmed in Easter Island and other features include The Price of Milk, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, Feathers of Peace, also produced by He Taonga Films, and a lead role in Crooked Earth, playing Temuera Morrison’s brother. He also played three different characters in The Lord of the Rings.

His television work includes Xena: Warrior Princess, Young Hercules, Greenstone, Mirror Mirror, and the He Taonga Films dramas ITFM and Oma Rapiti, plus short films and commercials.

Of Ngati Whatua descent, Makoare grew up in Bastion Point, Auckland, where he still lives. He is not a fluent Maori speaker, learning the lines necessary for his character through intensive study and mentoring by Waihoroi Shortland, who plays Shylock.

In addition to road work for the City Council and other physical labouring jobs, he has also worked as a Maori wood carver. He is a keen sportsman, playing rugby league, touch football and softball as well as scuba diving, fishing and swimming.

source: MaoriMerchantofVenice.com

Lawrence Makoare

Cast in the role of Lurtz


""My whole body, literally head to toe was covered in prosthetics. The head came in 5 pieces, the body came in all different stages, my arms, and my chest was glued on, my legs, feet, fingers, and hands! Every-single-part of my body was completely covered!" - TORn Interview (Transcript)

(on losing a limb to Aragorn) "It was really weird, I thought they would use a blue sock or something to cover my arm, so they can use the blue screen effect, but they didn't. We were in the forest just like you see it, I was asking them if they want me to hold my arm behind my back and the WETA digital guys just said 'no it's ok, we'll take care of it later'." - TORn Interview (Transcript)

"I always play the bad guys; in the next 007 film [Die Another Day] I play the bad guy. It's a type cast thing." - TORn Online Chat (Log)

(on strangling an Orc) "I pick him up and am yelling 'RAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW WWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEE EERRRRRRRR!!!!" - TORn Interview (Transcript)

Movie Images

Lurtz listing in the TORN Scrapbook

Lawrence Makoare listing in the TORN Scrapbook

Past Roles

The Price of Milk (2000)
Crooked Earth (2000)
Grunt in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted (1999)
Roadie in Young Hercules (1998) TV SERIES
Macenus/Barbarian Leader in Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) TV SERIES
Atta in Rapa Nui (1994)


Lawrence Makoare - IMDB
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