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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  Time Bandits (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot ... (executive producer)
  We're Wolves (producer) (announced)
  Frybread Face and Me (executive producer) (post-production)
 2022 Next Goal Wins (producer) (completed)
 2021-2022 Reservation Dogs (TV Series) (executive producer - 18 episodes)
- Episode #2.10 (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #2.9 (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #2.8 (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #2.7 (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #2.6 (2022) ... (executive producer)
 2018-2022 Wellington Paranormal (TV Series) (executive producer - 25 episodes)
- Who the Hell (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Time Cop (2022) ... (executive producer)
- The Coolening (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Skeleton Crew (2022) ... (executive producer)
- The Wicked Man (2022) ... (executive producer)
 2022 Our Flag Means Death (TV Series) (executive producer - 4 episodes)
- Discomfort in a Married State (2022) ... (executive producer)
- A Gentleman Pirate (2022) ... (executive producer)
- A Damned Man (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Pilot (2022) ... (executive producer)
 2019-2021 What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series) (executive producer - 30 episodes)
- The Portrait (2021) ... (executive producer)
- A Farewell (2021) ... (executive producer)
- The Wellness Center (2021) ... (executive producer)
- The Siren (2021) ... (executive producer)
- The Escape (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2021 Night Raiders (executive producer)
 2020 Baby Done (executive producer)
 2019 Jojo Rabbit (producer - produced by, p.g.a.)
 2018 The Breaker Upperers (executive producer)
 2018 FafswagVogue.com (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (producer)
 2015 Brown Eye (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2014 What We Do in the Shadows (producer - produced by)
 2012 The Inbetweeners (TV Series) (consulting producer - 11 episodes)
- The Dance (2012) ... (consulting producer)
- Spa Time (2012) ... (consulting producer)
- Reading Gives You Wings (2012) ... (consulting producer)
- Fire! (2012) ... (consulting producer)
- The Field Trip (2012) ... (consulting producer)
 2005 What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires (Short) (executive producer - as T. Cohen)
 2004 Heinous Crime (Short) (producer - as Taika Cohen)
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Alternate Names:

T. Cohen | Taika Cohen | Count Viago

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Spouse:

Chelsea Winstanley  (separated)  (2 children)

Children:

Waititi, Matewa Kiritapu | See more »

Parents:

Robin Cohen | Waititi, Maori
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Personal Quote:

Also with that money comes the idea, "Let your imagination run wild." Which I think is a very dangerous thing. I think it's dangerous because you can get into pretty wacky territory. There are things that are too crazy. See more »

Trivia:

He wrote 'Eagle vs Shark' with his then girlfriend Loren Horsley/Taylor. Jemaine Clement admits it was difficult to film the kissing scene with Loren's boyfriend directing him. See more »

Trademark:

Often focuses on fathers or father figures. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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