Antony Starr Biography
Antony Starr is a New Zealand actor born on 25th October 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is popularly known for his role his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand’s hit comedy/drama ‘Outrageous Fortune’.
Antony Starr Career
Antony Starr began his career in the early 1990s with a small part in Shortland Street and guest roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
In 2001, Starr was cast in Mercy Peak as Todd Van der Velter, one of the no-good, white trash Van der Velter brothers. It was a guest role that he had throughout the show’s three seasons. He also received a
role as the brother of long running character Waverley Wilson in the soap opera Shortland Street. He appeared for several weeks as part of the write out of the Minnie Crozier character. Starr did not like the
fast pace of the show and thought his performances suffered because of it.
Starr played twins Van and Jethro West in Outrageous Fortune. The roles earned him Air New Zealand Screen Award for Performance by an Actor, the award for Best Actor at the Qantas Television Awards and Best Actor at the Asian TV Awards in 2007. Readers of the TV Guide also voted Starr Best Actor in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards. In 2005, he was named Best Actor at the
inaugural Qantas Television Awards for his role in Outrageous Fortune.
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Antony Starr Banshee
In January 2013 he began starring in the television series ‘Banshee’, which is his first role on U.S. television. He plays an unnamed ex-con who, after 15 years in prison, assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, becoming the new Sheriff of Banshee. Trying to reconnect with his former lover, Anastasia, both learn that he “has become a distant (violent) version of the man he once was”.
On his first day of shooting the pilot for Banshee, New Zealander Antony Starr was running through a fight scene on set in North Carolina when a fellow actor forgot the choreographed moves and smashed into his lip. It took six stitches to repair the damage that time, but by the time filming for the first episode had wrapped, Starr had amassed an injury inventory which had also included torn hamstrings and a “busted elbow”.
“I had no idea of what I was in for,” he says, talking about the physicality required for his character in the new HBO/Cinemax action-drama series. “I knew it was going to be very challenging physically but I didn’t realise that we would be used for the stunts as much as we were. I figured it would be like other things I’ve done where you tag out and the stunt guy comes in and does all the dangerous stuff.”
Antony Starr Movies and TV Shows
Antony Starr Movies
- 2004: In My Father’s Den as Gareth
- 2004: Without a Paddle as Billy Newwood
- 2005: The World’s Fastest Indian as Jeff
- 2006: No. 2 as Shelly
- 2010: After the Waterfall as John Drean
- 2012: Wish You Were Here as Jeremy King
Antony Starr TV Shows
- 1995: Xena: Warrior Princess as Mesas
- 1996: Xena: Warrior Princess as David
- 2000–02: Shortland Street as Stratford Wilson
- 2000: Street Legal as Darren
- 2001–03: Mercy Peak as Todd Van der Velter
- 2003: Terror Peak as Jason
- 2003: Hard Out as Stevo
- 2003: Skin & Bone as Seymour Collins
- 2004: Serial Killers as Dean Crocker
- 2004: Not Only But Always as LA Cab Driver
- 2005–10: Outrageous Fortune as Jethro West / Van West
- 2008: The Jaquie Brown Diaries as Himself
- 2010: Spies and Lies as Sydney Ross
- 2011: Rush as Charlie Lewis
- 2011: Bliss as Tom Mills
- 2012: Tricky Business as Matt Sloane
- 2012: Lowdown as Stuart King
- 2013–16: Banshee as Lucas Hood
- 2016: American Gothic as Garrett Hawthorne
Antony Starr Net Worth
As of 2015 his estimated net worth of $2 million dollars in 2015. In an interview he said that he expects net worth in 2016 is $2.71 million dollars, it is trusted that his salary is higher than other New Zealand’s actors.
Anthony Starr Age
- Anthony was born on 25th October 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand ( 42 years as at 2017)
Anthony Starr Height
- He is 1.80m, 5ft 11 inches
Antony Starr Partner/ Antony Starr Wife
Anthony Starr has been linked with Lucy Mclay. He once revealed that his girlfriend, tho he did not reveal her name, hated to watch his fight scenes in ‘Banshee’.
Antony Starr Family
During an interview with Interview Magazine Anthony revealed that his family still lived in New Zealand
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‘Yeah. They’re all down here and that’s been tough. I think the film and TV industry—the acting world—has a tendency to attract a lot of people for the wrong reasons; reasons that are less than artistic. [laughs] It has a tendency to be pretty superficial, and pretty shallow and fake. I think what New Zealanders and Australians—and the English, I guess—have to offer is that we don’t carry a lot of that baggage. We come over and we’re pretty grounded. But on the flip side of that, you end up in a very unfamiliar environment being treated in a way that’s a little bit surreal. It’s great to come home and reconnect with family and friends that really don’t care what you’re doing for a job because you’re just the annoying little brother or the idiot friend.’
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Antony Starr Interview
Interviewer: Where are you living?
Antony Starr: I’m based in Santa Monica. I avoided being in LA as much as I could, but it’s a pretty good platform and I think I’d be an idiot to leave [now that Banshee has finished filming].
It’s an anything goes town in my experience. You can make your life what you want it to be. If you want to make it dirty, you can make it dirty. If you want to make it clean you can make it clean.
Interviewer: Banshee is incredibly violent. Is it too much?
Antony Starr: The violence? Yeah, it’s pretty f****** violent.
The violence has an element of humour, it’s super heightened, the show is not real.
Lucas Hood is a classic anti-hero so he’s doing the wrong things for the right reasons. I’m much more interested in playing characters that have a dark edge rather than the stock good guy.
Interviewer: And yet, despite the gore, it is a beautiful looking series.
Antony Starr: The production value is pretty amazing, and it comes down to one guy and it’s DP (director of photography) Chris Faloona. He’s the consummate creative, he is constantly nitpicking.
It’s a hugely ambitious project and it has been from the beginning. Every day we’d go to work and we’d swap the word ‘impossible’ for the word ‘ambitious’.
Interviewer: You are often pitched against the imposing Geno Segers as Chayton Littlestone in Banshee. That must hurt.
Antony Starr: I’m not the biggest guy in the world, but [they went with the] idea [that Lucas hood is] the Eveready bunny that just keeps going.
So I’m fighting this 250-pound dude — the nicest guy you’ll ever meet but his testicles must be the size of small children because his voice is so deep. One of his arms is the size of one of my legs.
Even when he’s hitting me softly it’s awful. It reminded me of the All Blacks.
Interviewer: So you wanted more drama than action in this series?
Antony Starr: The network thought it was going to be a straight action show but I have always seen it as a drama and a love story.
It didn’t occur to me that the part in the script where it says ‘Lucas fights five guys’ would take days to shoot and would become one of the identifying features of the show, and would set the tone in many ways.
I was always pushing for more drama and everyone else was always pushing for more action. I think that’s a good thing, it added more layers to it that might not have been there if we’d all just wanting to
smash people over.
There’s a lot more to it than that, and it becomes more accessible to a wider audience.
Interviewer: How does working on a big-production show like Banshee compare to a homegrown programme like Outrageous Fortune?
Antony Starr: I guess it’s like the difference between badminton and tennis — they’re both racket sports but they’re very different.
Most of it is the scale of the operation. [For Banshee] we started off with one enormous warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina that we converted into a studio and by season three I think we had four
warehouses. We’d taken over a whole block. We had a full-time carpentry team, the scale of it was enormous.
Production in New Zealand is very grassroots and real.
Interviewer: What do you make of the show ending?
Antony Starr: I had mixed feelings about it because it is very difficult to wrap four years of making a show up into a nutshell and tick every box. It’s impossible because everyone wants different things, for a start.
I haven’t seen an ending to a show yet that hasn’t polarised people. I think ultimately we’ve done the right thing according to what the show is.
Interviewer: Why end it now?
Antony Starr: Well, I don’t think the network (Cinemax) liked [the idea of ending it] — we were one of their highest rating programmes. They would have taken it forever, at least another few seasons.
Interviewer: Television v film work — what’s your preference?
Antony Starr: It really is about finding the right opportunity and what feels good. With film work, you keep chipping away but the TV thing is different because you are signing on not just for five months, it is potentially
six years. I am looking at something that might take me through to 45 years old.
TV seems to be telling the better stories at the moment. The one thing I do know is I don’t want to get beat up that much. It’s pretty boring after a while getting thrown around.
Interviewer: Do directing or producing appeal to you?
Antony Starr: I’m hoping to develop a couple of projects in New Zealand and Australia; let’s talk in 10 years about those things. It’s about creating options, sowing the seeds now for whenever.