Taika Waititi Biography

Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, producer, screenwriter,  actor, and comedian. He played the role of Korg in Thor: Ragnarok and also directed the film. In 2017 he won the award for New Zealander of the Year.

Waititi began making comical short films for New Zealand’s annual 48-hour film contest, among a variety of artistic interests. In 2005 his short film Two Cars, One Night earned him an Academy Award nomination. At the awards ceremony, he famously feigned falling asleep as the nominations were being readout.

Taika Waititi Age

Waititi was born as Taika David Waititi on 16 August 1975 in Wellington, New Zealand. He celebrates his birthday on 16 August every year.

Taika Waititi Height

He stands at an average height of ‎6 Feet 2 Inches.

Taiki Waititi Family

Taika Waititi’s father is Māori of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and his mother is Jewish of Russian Jewish heritage. Waititi has used his mother’s surname, “Cohen”, for his work in film and writing. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night.

Taika Waititi Wife

He is married to Chelsea Winstanley.  Waititi’s wife, Chelsea Winstanley, who is also of Māori descent, gave birth to their first daughter in May 2012. Their second daughter was born in August 2015. As of March 2020, it has been reported that Waititi and Winstanley have been separated for two years.

Taika Waititi Children

Taika and his wife Chelsea have two daughters Te Hinekāhu born in May 2012 and Matewa Kiritapu born in August 2015.

Taika Waititi Net Worth

Waititi has enjoyed a long career in the film industry. Through proceeds from his work as a director, producer, screenwriter,  actor, and comedian. He is estimated to have a net worth of about $3 million.

Taika Waititi Comedy

While at Wellington University of Victoria, where he was a drama major, Taika Waititi was part of So You’re a Guy, a five-member company that has performed with some success in New Zealand and Australia. In 1999, he was half of the comedy duo The Humourbeasts alongside Jemaine Clement, who received the highest comedy accolade in New Zealand, the Billy T Award.

Taika Waititi Moana

Taika Waititi revealed during an interview with The Guardian that he wrote the first screenplay for Moana but later opted to make ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ in New Zealand. according to producer Osnat Shurer the original screenplay was more focused on Moana’s family relationships and added “very Pacific humor”. He added that the film gave the filmmakers “permission to continue down that road because he’s from that culture”.

Taika Waititi Sabrina

Taika Waititi didn’t appear in the Netflix Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina but Alessandro Juliani who wore a vampire costume made a cameo in episode 6 and some people confused them.

Taika Waititi What We Do In the Shadows

Waititi co-wrote and co-directed the vampire spoof ‘What We Do In the Shadows’, with Jemaine Clement as Johnny Brugh. They also co-starred in the film.

Taika Waititi Flight of the Conchords

Taika wrote and directed episodes of Flight of the Conchords, an HBO television series based on a New Zealand-based comedy duo, of the same name, which is composed of musicians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The film revolves around a fictional version of the pair as they try to achieve success as a band in New York City and try to develop an American fan base.

Taika Waititi Thor

Taika Waititi was the director of Thor: Ragnarok. The film follows Thor who was imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his homeworld and the Asgardian civilization.

Taika Waititi Korg

Taika Waititi played Korg, the Kronan warrior, in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. Korg was made of perishable rock and was a friend of Thor. Jake Morrison who is a visual effects supervisor said that animating Korg was very difficult.

“I would say the one thing I did learn on this is, once Taika discovered that he could just come up with new punch lines and zingers in the edit suite, was when my life got a lot harder. One is, it’s the director. So, you’re working with an actor who’s basically the director, and then being 100 percent a visual effect, and then the second part of that, is you have to have them shape comedy, which I believe all actors will, the drama is hard, but the comedy is much harder, as anyone can tell you.

So, the fact that that would rest firmly upon the visual effects department shoulders, the fact that we had to make the audience laugh, we had to completely bring them into the story and make them believe the character, even though he’s 7’6″ rock monster made of 1,300 rocks or whatever that it was. And literally every rock you had to move against each other, but never deformed or look like latex. They’re all sort of impossible tasks.”

Taika Waititi Korg Accent

Taika during an interview said that Korg’s accent was inspired by New Zealand bouncers. “In New Zealand, we have a lot of bouncers, Polynesian bouncers, and that’s their accent. Giant, hulking dudes, but very delicate souls, lovely people, very special people. And that’s how they talk. It’s very intimidating when you try to get into a nightclub and you say, ‘Hey, can I come into this nightclub?’”

Taika Waititi Green Lantern

In the 2011 film Green Lantern, which follows Green Lantern Corps sworn to maintain intergalactic peace, Taika Waititi plays the role of Thomas Kalmaku. The first person to join the ranks is his newest recruit, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). The Green Lanterns have little respect for people who have hitherto been unable to control the ring powers that wear each member. Yet Jordan, acute and cocky guy.

Taika Waititi Facts and Body Measurements

Here are some of the facts you don’t want to miss about Waititi.

  • Full Name: Taika David Waititi
  • Date of Birth: 16 August 1975
  • Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nationality: American
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Height: 6 Feet 2 Inches
  • Weight: 64kg
  • Ethnicity: Te Whanau-a-Apanui and European Jewish

Taika Waititi Movies

  • Scarfies
  • Snakeskin
  • A New Way Home
  • Futile Attraction
  •  What We Do in the Shadows:
  • Interviews with Some Vampires
  •  Eagle vs Shark
  •  Boy
  • Green Lantern
  • The Captain
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • TBA Jojo Rabbit
  • Taika Waititi TV Shows
  •  The Strip
  •  Revelations
  •  Freaky
  •  The Jaquie Brown Diaries
  •  Radiradirah

Taika Waititi Films

  •  Eagle vs Shark
  • Boy
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  •  Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  •  Thor: Ragnarok
  • The Breaker Upperers
  • TBA Jojo Rabbit
  • Taika Waititi Short Films
  •  John and Pogo
  • Two Cars, One Night
  •  Tama Tu
  •  What We Do in the Shadows:
  • Interviews with Some Vampires
  •  Team Thor

Taika Waititi Oscars

On February 9, 2020, during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, he received an award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit.” Waititi became one of New Zealand’s first indigenous people to win an oscar. He wrote, directed, and starred in the film.

Taika Waititi Twitter


Taika Waititi Instagram

Taika Waititi News

Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie

Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie for theatrical release, Disney announced today. It won’t be Waititi’s first brush with the Star Wars universe; he directed the season finale of The Mandalorian. He also earned an Academy Award for his screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed Thor: Ragnarok. Rumors of a Waititi-helmed Star Wars movie first surfaced in January, though it’s unclear if this movie is the one that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is reportedly developing.

Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote the screenplay for 1917, which won the British Academy Film Award for Outstanding British Film earlier this year, will join Waititi in co-writing the new Star Wars film. She will be the second woman to co-write a Star Wars movie; Leigh Brackett was the first, co-writing The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan.

Disney also announced that a new Star Wars series for Disney Plus headed up by Leslye Headland, co-creator and showrunner for Netflix’s Russian Doll. The company didn’t announce any plot details about Headland’s new series, but it’s rumored to be a “female-centric” show that takes place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as the showrunner for the new series, according to Disney.

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