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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How Taika Waititi Balances Emotion and Humor on Film

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 69 wins & 81 nominations. See more awards »

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Jojo Rabbit Writer
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  Time Bandits (TV Series) (1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot
 2021 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)
 2019-2020 What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series) (based on the film written by - 20 episodes)
- Episode #2.10 (2020) ... (based on the film written by)
- Episode #2.9 (2020) ... (based on the film written by)
- Episode #2.8 (2020) ... (based on the film written by)
- Episode #2.7 (2020) ... (based on the film written by)
- Episode #2.6 (2020) ... (based on the film written by)
 2019 Jojo Rabbit (screenplay)
 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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2 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

T. Cohen | Taika Cohen | Count Viago

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

Everything changes once you start trying to market the film. Part of you feels like everything is slipping away from you. For me, I don't want people going to the theater thinking it's going to be a laugh-a-minute comedy, like a Will Ferrell film or something. Because it's not. See more »

Trivia:

BOY is actually his first film. Taika started to write it following the success of the short film 'Two Cars One Night'. However, he wanted to make his debut film lighter so he chose to make a romantic comedy 'Eagle vs Shark'. See more »

Trademark:

Often focuses on fathers or father figures. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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