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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 80 wins & 110 nominations. See more awards »

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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 - 30 episodes, 2019 - 2021) (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" - 12 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")
- Go Flip Yourself (2022) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows")
  Reservation Dogs (TV Series) (created by - 14 episodes, 2021 - 2022) (written by - 1 episode, 2021)
- Decolonativization (2022) ... (creator)
- Wide Net (2022) ... (creator)
- Mabel (2022) ... (creator)
- Roofing (2022) ... (creator)
- Run (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)
- Time Cop (2022) ... (creator)
- The Coolening (2022) ... (creator)
- Skeleton Crew (2022) ... (creator)
- The Wicked Man (2022) ... (creator)
 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:

Chelsea Winstanley  (separated)  (2 children)


Parents:

Robin Cohen | Waititi, Maori
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Personal Quote:

Short film: you can be poetic and you don't have to answer anything. You can make whatever you want. You have creative freedom with short film. See more »

Trivia:

He collaborated with the architectural firm Wraight & Associates on a proposal for Wellington City Council's Wellington Gateway project. He designed a sculpture 'Upoko O Te Ika A Maui'. Unfortunately, "plans for a 35-metre-high illuminated sculpture at the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge have been ditched because of fears for aircraft and of a massive budget blowout." Nevertheless, they won the 2010 ... See more »

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