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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  Time Bandits (TV Series) (1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot
 2022 Thor: Love and Thunder (written by) (pre-production)
 2018-2020 Wellington Paranormal (TV Series) (created by - 19 episodes)
- Episode #3.6 (2020) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.5 (2020) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.4 (2020) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.3 (2020) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.2 (2020) ... (creator)
  What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series) (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by - 10 episodes, 2020) (based on the film written by - 10 episodes, 2019)
- Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- Witches (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- Collaboration (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- The Return (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- On the Run (2020) ... (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 (screenplay)
 2015 Brown Eye (TV Series)
 2014 What We Do in the Shadows (written by)
 2013/I The Captain (Short)
 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)
 2004 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)
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When you're actually making a film, it's just people on your back all the time wanting stuff and you're constantly having to it deal with them. It's probably the most time consuming of all the arts, but I do love it because it is a great mix of visual art and music and writing. 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 plays a role in his movies. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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