Bret McKenzie

With but a handful of TV and radio shows under his belt, Bret McKenzie became one of New Zealand's highest-profile exports since "Lord of the Rings" film visionary Peter Jackson, starring as the pretty, ill-shaven ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1976 in New Zealand

Filmography

Actor (7)

Austenland 2013 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Lidir (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Lidir (Actor)

Two Little Boys 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flight of the Conchords 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis: Death 2008 (Movie)

Dr Cruise (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Elf Escort (Actor)
Music (5)

Project Almanac 2015 (Movie)

("3 Foot Tall") (Song)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Music Supervisor/Original Songs (Song)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

("I'm Not Crying") (Song)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

"Let's Talk About Me" (Song)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Biography

With but a handful of TV and radio shows under his belt, Bret McKenzie became one of New Zealand's highest-profile exports since "Lord of the Rings" film visionary Peter Jackson, starring as the pretty, ill-shaven, romantic half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. The "band," which McKenzie and partner Jemaine Clement described as "New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk parodists," became an unassuming comedy phenomenon for their R&B and hip-hop-infused songs about the mundane superfluities of love and robots taking over the world, and for their bone-dry, self-satirizing eponymous HBO series. Playing themselves as frumpy, barely functional losers doomed by their own naiveté to musical obscurity in New York City, McKenzie and Clement not only carved out a niche as actors, comedians, musicians, writers and producers of their own show, but as unofficial - and self-consciously inept - kiwi spokesmen as well.

Relationships

Peter McKenzie Actor

Father
Father and son appeared together in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)

Deirdre Tarrant

Mother

Milestones

2012

Returned to Middle Earth, playing Lindir in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

2011

Served as the music supervisor for musical comedy feature "The Muppets"; wrote five songs for the films soundtrack including "Man or Muppet" and "Life's a Happy Song"

2010

Guest starred with Clement on the long-running animated series "The Simpsons" (Fox)

2007

Created and co-starred with Clement on the HBO series "The Flight of the Conchords"

2007

Released the Flight of the Conchords EP The Distant Future; won Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album

2006

Produced, wrote, and co-starred with Clement in ""Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey," about their trip to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX

2005

Flight of the Conchords made U.S. TV debut on HBO's "One Night Stand"

2004

Featured in the documentary "Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!" based around his minor appearances in the "Lord of the Rings" films

2003

Reprised elf role in Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002

With Clement, released Flight of the Conchords' debut album Folk the World Tour

2001

Made feature acting debut with a minor role in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; cast in a non-speaking role of an elf counsel alongside his real-life father Peter McKenzie as the great king Elendil

1998

Formed the musical comedy act Flight of the Conchords with Clement

1993

At 11, won a battle-of-the-bands contest with the group The Blue Samanthas

Met Jermaine Clement while attending Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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