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Taika Waititi
Also known as:Taika David Waititi, Taika Cohen
Occupation:Writer • Actor • Director • Producer • Voice Cast • Executive Producer • Screenplay
Born:August 16, 1975
Birthplace:Wellington, New Zealand
Spouse:Chelsea Winstanley
Well known for his specific strand of comedy, Taika Waititi is a filmmaker, screenwriter, actor and comedian hailing from New Zealand. He started out as a comedian, associating with groups like So You`re a Man and The Humourbeasts before making his feature film debut in Scarfies (1999). While playing minor roles in films and TV shows, Waititi worked on making comic short films. One of these, titled Two Cars, One Night (2004) earned him an Academy Award nomination. He made his debut feature film, Eagle vs Shark, in 2007 but it was his second, Boy (2010), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won international awards.

Over the years Waititi`s garnered more recognition after the release of his vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (2013) and comedy-adventure Hunt For the Wilderpeople (2016) broke records in New Zealand. With his work on Marvel Studios` Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Waititi entered mainstream Hollywood and gained international acclaim. He was later consulted for Thor`s storyline in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) as well. His acting credits include Futile Attraction (2004), Boy (2010), Green Lantern (2011) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). His 2020 releases include Jojo Rabbit, a satirical movie which he wrote, directed and starred in. The film has been nominated for two Academy Awards. His other notable works include Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) and Next Goal Wins (2023).
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Next Goal Wins
Thor: Love and Thunder
Free Guy
The Suicide Squad
Jojo Rabbit
The Breaker Upperers
Thor: Ragnarok
Moana (3D)
Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Did You Know? (5)

  • While Taika Waititi was studying at the Victoria University of Wellington he was part of a five-man comedy troupe named So You're a Man.
  • In 1999, Taika Waititi (as a part of the comedy duo The Humourbeasts) won the Billy T. Award - New Zealand's highest comedy accolade.
  • Taika Waititi wrote the original script for Moana (2016). The elements of original script were later incorporated in the final version.
  • Taika Waititi's debut feature film Eagle vs Shark was released in 2007. However, Waititi had finished writing Boy, released in 2010, well before he wrote Eagle vs Shark. He chose to write the romantic comedy Eagle vs Shark because he wanted his debut feature to be light.
  • In the early days of the career, Taika Waititi used this mother's surname 'Cohen'.
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