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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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 78 wins & 97 nominations. See more awards »

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  Akira (screenplay) (announced)
  Time Bandits (TV Series) (1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot
  The Incal (screenplay by) (pre-production)
 2022 Thor: Love and Thunder (written by) (post-production)
  Reservation Dogs (TV Series) (created by - 9 episodes, 2021 - 2022) (written by - 1 episode, 2021)
- Episode #2.1 (2022) ... (creator)
- Satvrday (2021) ... (creator)
- California Dreamin' (2021) ... (creator)
- Hunting (2021) ... (creator)
- Come and Get Your Love (2021) ... (creator)
 2018-2022 Wellington Paranormal (TV Series) (created by - 25 episodes)
- The Coolening (2022) ... (creator)
- Time Cop (2022) ... (creator)
- Three Cops, One Night (2022) ... (creator)
- Bird Woman (2022) ... (creator)
- Wicked Man (2022) ... (creator)
 2019-2021 What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series) (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by - 30 episodes)
- The Portrait (2021) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- A Farewell (2021) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- The Wellness Center (2021) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- The Siren (2021) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- The Escape (2021) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" 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:

Chelsea Winstanley  (separated)  (2 children)

Children:

Waititi, Matewa Kiritapu | See more »

Parents:

Robin Cohen | Waititi, Maori
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Personal Quote:

I've always been a relaxed person on set, but I think the main thing is I think about it from an editing point of view way more than I did before. See more »

Trivia:

His portrait as Viago, the character from 'What We Do in the Shadows' painted by Freeman White is in the NZ Portrait Gallery in Wellington together with Jemaine Clement's character Vladislav's and Jonathan Brugh's as Deacon. See more »

Trademark:

Often focuses on fathers or father figures. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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