Dean O’Gorman Biography
Dean O’Gorman (Dean Lance O’Gorman) is a New Zealand actor, artist and photographer born on 1st December 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is popularly known for his role as the dwarf Fíli in the Hobbit trilogy.He has Irish and English ancestry; his maternal grandfather was an English paratrooper in WWII.
At the age of ten Dean O’Gorman earned a black belt in karate and attended Rangitoto College in Auckland. He initially planned to study graphic design.
At the age of 12 O’Gorman was discovered by a casting agent during a school speech competition. O’Gorman began acting in television in the early 1990s. His career took off in the middle of the decade, when he won the role of Harry Martin in popular New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and appeared in locally-shot shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess multiple times. O’Gorman also held a regular role as Iolaus in the short-lived Young Hercules opposite Ryan Gosling, and in Australian hit McLeod’s Daughters, as Luke Morgan, a love interest of Jodi Fountain McLeod.
In 1995 he made his film debut in teen romance ‘Bonjour Timothy’ which earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
In April 2011, Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that O’Gorman was to join the cast of The Hobbit, taking over the role of dwarf Fili. The trilogy of films marks O’Gorman’s most widely-seen role to date.
In 2015 he was cast in mini-series Hillary, which covers the life of Sir Edmund Hillary. After a run of nominations, O’Gorman finally won his first local Television Award for playing Hillary’s lifelong friend, adventurer George Lowe. American drama Trumbo was released in the same period: this time O’Gorman played actor Kirk Douglas. The film stars Bryan Cranston as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in Hollywood during the 1940s after accusations he was a communist. In preparation for his role, O’Gorman wrote to the 98-year-old Kirk Douglas asking advice, to which he responded “Playing Kirk Douglas, forget him … just play the part and you will be fine.”
Dean O’Gorman Movies and TV Shows
Dean O’Gorman Movies
- 1995: Bonjour Timothy as Timothy Taylor
- 1996: Siren as Siren
- 1998: Young Hercules as Young Iolaus
- 1998: When Love Comes Along as Mark
- 2001: Snakeskin as Johnny
- 2002: Toy Love as Ben
- 2004: Piggy as Confucius
- 2008: The Legend of Bloody Mary as Rev. Whittaker
- 2009: Sabotage as Bobby
- 2010: Kawa as Chris
- 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Fíli
- 2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as Fíli
- 2014: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as Fíli
- 2015: Trumbo as Kirk Douglas
- 2017: Pork Pie as Jon
- 1990: The Rogue Stallion as Tony Garrett
- 1990: Raider of the South Seas as Bobby Morrison
- 1995: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Iloran
- 1996: Shortland Street as Nurse Harry Martin
- 1996: Return to Treasure Island as Jim Hawkins
- 1996: Xena: Warrior Princess as Homer / Orion
- 1997: Doom Runners as Deek
- 1997: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Young Iolaus / Ruun
- 1998: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Young Iolaus
- 1998: The Legend of William Tell as Darek
- 1998: The Chosen as Andrew Scott
- 1998-1999: Young Hercules as Iolaus
- 1999: Big Sky as Dean
- 1999: Duggan as Fergus MacLllwaine
- 1999: Fearless as Cliff
- 2000: Xena: Warrior Princess as Wiglaf
- 2001: Lawless: Beyond Justice as Nat
- 2001: All Saints as Evan Coen
- 2003: Farscape as Zukash
- 2003: MDA as Peter Jarman
- 2004: Serial Killers as Dr. Gilligan / Andrew
- 2004-2005: McLeod’s Daughters as Luke Morgan
- 2007: Moonlight as Daniel
- 2007-2008: Animalia as Tyrannicus / Harry (voice)
- 2009: Legend of the Seeker as Carver Dunn
- 2009: Go Girls as Marco
- 2009: The Cult as Liam
- 2011: Tangwai as Bert Sutcliffe
- 2011-2013: The Almighty Johnsons as Anders Johnson\
- 2014: Lego the Hobbit as Fíli (voice)
- 2016: Hillary as George Lowe
- 2016-2017: Westside as Evan Lace
- 2017: Wanted as Will
Dean O’Gorman Family
His parents are Lance, a landscape painter, and Christine O’Gorman. He has a younger brother, Brett, who is also an actor as well as a comedian.
Dean O’Gorman Wife/ Sarah Wilson Dean O’Gorman
In January 2016 he married his long term girlfriend Sarah Wilson.
Dean O’Gorman Net Worth
Dean O’Gorman has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Dean O’Gorman Height
- He is 1.73 m tall
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Fili actor Dean O’Gorman on taking risks, sexy dwarves
For Dean O’Gorman, the young New Zealand actor who plays the dwarf Fili in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” one day on set encapsulated his awe at being involved in the massive production.
O’Gorman and fellow dwarf actors James Nesbitt, John Callen and Aidan Turner were dropped off on a mountain in New Zealand’s South Island. The four actors, in full costume, made their way up a hill while second-unit director Andy Serkis filmed them from a circling helicopter. It was then, O’Gorman said, that the actors began humming the theme from “The Lord of the Rings” films.
“We were just kind of unconsciously doing it, and then we realized we were doing it, and then we were laughing,” said O’Gorman. “And it’s little moments like that when you sort of realize, ‘We’re in a Peter Jackson movie. Oh my God.’”
O’Gorman, 36, is one of the younger actors in the company of dwarves who make their way through the Misty Mountains to reclaim their homeland from the terrible dragon Smaug in the J.R.R. Tolkien tale. Joining them on their journey are wizard Gandalf the Gray and hobbit Bilbo Baggins — the role O’Gorman originally auditioned for.
“I pretty much forgot about it, because I didn’t really have any high hopes,” O’Gorman said.
Nearly a year after the audition, he was “stunned” to receive a phone call from writer-producer Philippa Boyens, who told him he was being considered for the role of Fili, nephew of dwarf king-in-exile Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and older brother to Kili (Aidan Turner).
“That relationship triangle does offer a lot of content,” O’Gorman said. “Especially the journey that Thorin goes on — Fili and Kili relate. They’re very much involved in Thorin’s journey, and that dynamic gets involved throughout the movie.”
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Because of their youth, speed and keen eyesight, Fili and Kili get sent out on their own on reconnaissance missions. Fili is the careful older brother, he said, and Kili is more reckless.
“He’s younger and takes more risks,” O’Gorman said. “Consequently Fili has to keep an eye on Kili.”
Together, the brothers are the youngest dwarves in the company, and as many “Hobbit” enthusiasts have noted, the sexiest.
“I think that’s pretty relative,” O’Gorman said, laughing. “I mean, we’re a company of dwarves. The bar’s not set very high. … I think the idea was as you get older, your beard gets longer, and your nose gets bigger, but when you’re younger, you’ve got a smaller nose and less facial hair.”
While other dwarf actors wore enveloping whiskers and bulging prosthetic foreheads and noses, O’Gorman and Turner had fewer prosthetic pieces to deal with — nose extensions, fake hands and hairpieces with ears.
“You want to think that as an actor, your character and the character decisions that you make is the main thing, but with this job … a lot of things were physical requirements that had to be first dealt with,” O’Gorman said. “Like how to hold your pipe without dropping it because you’ve got fake hands, or how to use your voice, because your fake ears are changing the sound of your own voice. So all these things you have to work with even before you get to, ‘How do I say this line?’”
O’Gorman’s previous roles were primarily for television, including popular New Zealand series “The Almighty Johnsons” and “Young Hercules.”
“I had done some fantasy stuff, but nowhere near to the scale of this,” he said. “So much of it was surreal. … The strange thing is the more we would all work on it, we would forget after a while, and things would seem normal. And then maybe your parents or a friend would come to see it, and you’d see them looking around with a sort of gobsmacked look, and it would remind you of how wacky and how epic the world is.”
O’Gorman credits Serkis, who directed smaller scenes in the film, with helping him make the adjustment.
“The first person I worked with was Andy,” O’Gorman said. “Second unit was still the biggest crew that I’d worked on, but it was relatively smaller than main unit, so it was a way of easing into the process. I really loved working with Andy. It’s interesting to be working with a director who is also a very talented actor. He’s got a really good way of speaking to actors, and I’m guessing that’s because he himself is one. … Andy was really great at making me feel less bewildered.”
Some of the more challenging days on set involved the green-screen shoots, he said.
“It definitely gives you an appreciation for the fantasy in these big movies, effects and stuff,” he said. “Me and Aidan were acting to literally a tennis ball on a stick, or fighting things that weren’t even there. Sometimes it wasn’t like we were fighting a stuntman who would later turn into an Orc. You know when you’re a kid, you would play war and fight invisible people? On set it was sometimes like that. People would be like, ‘Just take a swing at the Orcs above your head, and we’ll add them in later.’”
As for O’Gorman’s next step after “The Hobbit”?
“There’s no job you can compare this to,” he said. “Maybe next time I’ll work on an indie movie, and I’ll have to bring my own costume.”