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John Callen

Actor, Director

The distinctive voice of John Callen has graced dozens of documentaries and commercials. Onscreen, the Brit-born actor and director has played dwarves (in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit), PM David Lange (The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior) and villainous DJs (Send a Gorilla). Callen has also worked as a director, helming The Tribe, Battle of Britain doco The Kiwi Who Saved Britain and many episodes of Shortland Street.  

[Oin is] a little bit hard of hearing, so if we are being attacked for instance, I may not be the first person to know ... an elbow in the ribs from my brother is very useful. John Callen, describing his role as Oin in The Hobbit

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Interview

John Callen: The distinctive voice behind Oin the Dwarf…

Interview, 2013

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014, As: Oin - Film

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

2013, As: Oin - Film

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012, As: Oin - Film

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Love Birds

2011, As: Professor Craddock - Film

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The Kiwi Who Saved Britain

2010, Director, Additional Script, Narrator - Television

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Try Revolution

2006, Narrator - Television

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Taonga

2005, Director - Television

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Jackson's Wharf

1999 - 2000, Director - Television

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The Tribe

2000, Director - Television

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The Lost Whales

1997, Narrator - Television

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Epitaph

1997, Director - Television

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The Road to Jerusalem

1997, Poems read by - Television

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A Consuming Passion - An Unofficial History of the America's Cup

1995, Narrator - Television

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Shortland Street

1998 - 2002, 2006, Director - Television

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Bungy Fishing - Instant Kiwi Attitude

1989, As: Fisherman - Commercial

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Send a Gorilla

1988, As: Chris Dean - Film

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Turn of the Century

1987, Narrator - Television

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Seekers

1986, As: Bill - Television

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Inside Straight

1984, As: Bill - Television

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Pioneer Women - Ettie Rout

1983, As: Fred - Television

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Wild South

1981 - 1997, Narrator - Television

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Pictures

1981, As: Casey - Film

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The Governor 5 - The Lame Seagull (Episode Five)

1977, As: Private Landers - Television

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Moynihan - You Can't Win 'Em All (Episode Two)

1976, As: Bill - Television

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Challenge - Knocking on Heaven's Door

1976, Narrator - Television

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Challenge - Never Go Near Him

1976, Narrator - Television

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Close to Home

1975 - 1983, As: Various roles - Television