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Calvin Tuteao

Actor [Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta]

Local blockbuster Once Were Warriors launched Calvin Tuteao's screen career in 1994. Although a small role – he was paid $800 over two days, to play gang leader Taka – Tuteao found unexpected fame when his heavily tattooed face featured in the film's promotional posters. More widely recognised as Doctor Victor Kahu from a four year stint in the core cast of Shortland Street, Tuteao went on to play New Zealand Natives rugby legend Joe Warbrick in award-winning short film Warbrick, and star in the 2010 telemovie dramatisation of Witi Ihimaera's novel Nights in the Garden of Spain.

Value your teeth? You like your pretty-boy face? Call you Michael Jackson – except we'll rearrange it for free. You think about that, boy, before you think about any patch. Calvin Tuteao, as gang leader Taka, talking to Nig Heke (Julian Arahanga) in the gang initiation scene of Once Were Warriors

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Cousins

2021, As: Hamuera (older) - Film

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The Bad Seed

2019, As: Ed Miles - Television

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The Bad Seed - First Episode

2019, As: Ed Miles - Television

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This is Piki - First Episode

2016, As: Te Maru - Television

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The Last Saint

2014, As: Joe - Film

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Once Were Warriors - Where Are They Now?

2014, Subject - Television

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The Pā Boys

2014, As: Uncle Toa - Film

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Nothing Trivial

2011 - 2013, As: Matiu - Television

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Super City - First Episode

2011, As: Solomon - Television

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What Really Happened - Waitangi

2011, As: Tamati Waka Nene - Television

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Hitch Hike

2011, As: Maka - Short Film

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Super City

2011 - 2013, As: Solomon - Television

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Nights in the Gardens of Spain

2010, As: Kawa - Television

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Warbrick

2009, As: Joe Warbrick - Short Film

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Burying Brian

2008, Actor - Television

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Sophie's Story

2006, As: Dave King - Short Film

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Kōrero Mai

2009, As: Karl - Television

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Pokarekare Ana - A Māori Love Song

2002, Narrator - Television

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Shortland Street - Nick and Waverley's wedding

2002, As: Doctor Victor Kahu - Television

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Back River Road

2001, As: Joe - Film

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Crooked Earth

2001, As: Sergeant Charlie Ropiha - Film

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Shortland Street - Chris Warner and Victor Kahu rap

2001, As: Villain/ Doctor Victor Kahu - Television

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Duggan

1999, As: Harris - Television

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Jackson's Wharf

1999, As: Danny Cooper - Television

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Lawless

1999, As: Willy Kaa - Television

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Highwater

1997, Actor - Television

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The Call Up

1995, As: Wattie - Television

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Once Were Warriors

1994, As: Taka (gang leader) - Film

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Shortland Street

2000 - 2004, As: Doctor Victor Kahu - Television