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 Waititi, 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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(2010)

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  Akira (screenplay) (announced)
  Time Bandits (TV Series) (1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot
  The Incal (screenplay by) (pre-production)
 2023 Next Goal Wins (screenplay by) (completed)
  What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series) (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by - 38 episodes, 2019 - 2022) (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" - 4 episodes, 2022 - 2024)
- Episode #6.1 (2024) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows")
- Episode #5.1 (2023) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows")
- Sunrise, Sunset (2022) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows")
- Freddie (2022) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- Go Flip Yourself (2022) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
  Reservation Dogs (TV Series) (created by - 17 episodes, 2021 - 2022) (creator - 1 episode, 2022) (written by - 1 episode, 2021)
- I Still Believe (2022) ... (creator)
- Offerings (2022) ... (creator)
- This Is Where the Plot Thickens (2022) ... (creator)
- Stay Gold Cheesy Boy (2022) ... (creator)
- Decolonativization (2022) ... (creator)
 2022 Thor: Love and Thunder (story by) / (written by)
 2018-2022 Wellington Paranormal (TV Series) (created by - 25 episodes)
- Who the Hell (2022) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Time Cop: Not the Jean-Claude Van Damme One (2022) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Coolening (2022) ... (creator)
- Skeleton Crew (2022) ... (creator)
- The Wicked Man (2022) ... (creator - uncredited)
 2020 Coca-Cola: The Letter (Video short) (written by)
 2019 Jojo Rabbit (screenplay by)
 2018 Team Darryl (Short)
 2016 Team Thor (Video short)
 2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (written by)
 2015 Brown Eye (TV Series)
 2014 What We Do in the Shadows (written by)
 2013/I The Captain (Short)
 2010 Radiradirah (TV Series) (contributing writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2010) ... (contributing writer)
 2010/I Boy (written by)
 2007-2009 Flight of the Conchords (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- New Zealand Town (2009) ... (written by)
- Drive By (2007) ... (written by)
 2007 Eagle vs Shark (story) / (written by)
 2005 Tama Tu (Short)
 2004 Heinous Crime (Short) (as Taika Cohen)
 2003 Two Cars, One Night (Short) (written by)
 2002 John & Pogo (Short) (as Taika Cohen)
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Alternate Names:

T. Cohen | Taika Cohen | Count Viago

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Spouse:

Rita Ora | See more »


Parents:

Robin Cohen | Waititi, Maori
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Personal Quote:

Hitler rounded up all of the vampires in Europe. See more »

Trivia:

He made the music video for Age Pryor's 'Shank's Pony' and cover art for the album. See more »

Trademark:

Often focuses on fathers or father figures. See more »

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