Taika Waititi


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Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and English descent. Taika has been involved in the film ... See full bio »

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In films like What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, and Jojo Rabbit, director Taika Waititi has a unique knack for balancing emotional drama with light-hearted comedy.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 67 wins & 74 nominations. See more awards »

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 2021 Thor: Love and Thunder (announced)
Korg (voice)
 2021 What If...? (TV Series) (filming)
Korg
- Episode #1.1 (2021) ... Korg (voice)
 2020 Free Guy (post-production)
Antoine
 2019 The Mandalorian (TV Series)
IG-11
- Chapter 8: Redemption (2019) ... IG-11 (voice)
- Chapter 7: The Reckoning (2019) ... IG-11 (voice)
- Chapter One (2019) ... IG-11 (voice)
 2019 Rick and Morty (TV Series)
Glootie
- The Old Man and the Seat (2019) ... Glootie (voice)
 2019 Jojo Rabbit
Adolf
 2019 Year of the Rabbit (TV Mini-Series)
Accordion Player
- Episode #1.3 (2019) ... Accordion Player
 2019 What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series)
Viago
- The Trial (2019) ... Viago
 2019 Avengers: Endgame
Korg (voice)
 2018 Shrimp (TV Movie)
Bartender
 2017 Thor: Ragnarok
Korg (voice)
 2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Minister
 2013/I The Captain (Short)
The Captain
 2011 Green Lantern
Tom Kalmaku
 2010 Radiradirah (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #1.8 (2010) ... Various
- Episode #1.7 (2010) ... Various
- Episode #1.6 (2010) ... Various
- Episode #1.5 (2010) ... Various
- Episode #1.4 (2010) ... Various
 2010/I Boy
Alamein
 2009 The Jaquie Brown Diaries (TV Series)
Friendly Gypsy
- Brownward Spiral (2009) ... Friendly Gypsy
 2007 Flight of the Conchords (TV Series)
Gypsy Kings Fan
- Drive By (2007) ... Gypsy Kings Fan (uncredited)
 2007 Eagle vs Shark
Gordon
 2005 Falling Leaves (Short)
Bodil de Resny
 2005 What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires (Short)
Viago (as Count Viago)
 2004 Futile Attraction
Waiter (as Taika Cohen)
 2004 Toy Boy (Short)
Jack Hammer (as Taika Cohen)
 2004 Heinous Crime (Short)
Judge, Defendant, Lawyer, Defendant, Jury member (as Taika Cohen)
 2003 Freaky (TV Series)
Cleaner (Cleaner story)
- Fridge, Cleaner & Sister (2003) ... Cleaner (Cleaner story) (as Taika Cohen)
 2003 Revelations (TV Series)
Ali
- Mended Sole (2003) ... Ali (as Taika Cohen)
 2002 Tongan Ninja
Graham (voice, as Taika Cohen)
 2002 Turangawaewae (Short)
Vietnam Soldier (as Taika Cohen)
 2002 The Strip (TV Series)
Mostin
- What Do You Want? (2002) ... Mostin (as Taika Cohen)
- Trust a Woman to Trust a Man (2002) ... Mostin (as Taika Cohen)
- The Festival of Bu'tang (2002) ... Mostin (as Taika Cohen)
- Sex, Lies and Spacerocks (2002) ... Mostin (as Taika Cohen)
- The Mother of All Shows (2002) ... Mostin (as Taika Cohen)
 2002 The Tribe (TV Series)
Virtual Reality Cowboy No.1
- Episode #4.24 (2002) ... Virtual Reality Cowboy No.1 (uncredited)
 2001 A New Way Home (Short)
Max (as Taika Cohen)
 2001 Snakeskin
Nelson (as Taika Cohen)
 1999 Scarfies
Alex (as Taika Cohen)
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Personal Details

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Alternate Names:

T. Cohen | Taika Cohen | Count Viago

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

Short film: you can be poetic and you don't have to answer anything. You can make whatever you want. You have creative freedom with short film. See more »

Trivia:

His father is of Maori descent, with a distant French-Canadian line. Taika's mother is of one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, from her own paternal grandfather, along with Irish, Scottish, and English. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays a role in his movies. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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