Taika Waititi Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 08 Jan, 2020
Facts of Taika Waititi
Date of Birth: 1975 , August-16
Age: 44 years old
Birth Nation: New Zealand
Height: 6 Feet
Name Taika Waititi
Birth Name Taika David Waititi
Father Maori Taika
Mother Robin Cohen
Nationality New Zealander
Birth Place/City Wellington
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Director, Writer and Actor
Net Worth $3 million
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Married Yes
Married to Chelsea Winstanley
Education Victoria University of Wellington
Movies Eagle vs Shark, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit
TV Show What We Do in the Shadows,Wellington Paranormal
Sisters Tweedie Waititi
Siblings Tweedie Waititi
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Taika Waititi is a New Zealand filmmaker and actor. He gained wide recognition after working in the 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Thor: Ragnarok. He was also nominated for Academy Award for his short film Two Cars, One Night. Furthermore, Taika has deserved credit for his directorial work in movies including What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Widerpeople and Jojo Rabbit.

Graduated From Victoria University of Wellington

Taika Waititi was born on 16th August 1975, in Wellington, New Zealand. He belongs to mixed ethnicity and holds New Zealand citizenship.

He is a son of a teacher Robin Cohen (mother) and an artist & farmer Maori Taika (father). He was raised in his hometown Wellington with his sister Tweedie Waititi.

Waititi went on to study comedy at Victoria University of Wellington. At that time, Waititi also became the part of a then-five-man comedy troupe So You're a Man.

Collected Huge Net Wroth From His Work

According to celebrity net worth, Taika Waititi has an estimated net worth of $3 million, as of 2020. The major source of his income came from his work as a director, actor, and comedian.

Waititi has worked in dozens of commercially successful movies. Some of them are listed below, 

Movie Released Year Star-Cast Budget  Box-Office
Eagle vs Shark 2007 Jemaine Clement and Loren Horsley $1.2 million $12.29 million
What We Do in the Shadows 2014 Jamaine Clement and Jonathan Brugh $1.6 million $6.9 million
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 Sam Neill and Julian Dennison $2.5 million $23.2 million
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett $180 million $854 million
Jojo Rabbit 2019 Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie $14 million $26.7 million

Taika Waititi bought the mid-century home $2.39 million from Marti Noxon in 2018. The house is nestled in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. It spread out on 2,323 square feet and has 4 bedrooms as well as 3 bathrooms. 

Nominated In Academy Awards For Short Films

Taika Waititi made his acting debut from the 1999 movie Scarfies. Waititi landed his first directorial job in the short film John and Pogo in 2004. He made his break after he released his short film Two Cars, One Night in 2004. He also got an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Waititi also worked as a director and writer in full-length feature film Eagle vs Shark in 2007. Taika's first Hollywood full-length feature film as a director was Marvel's comic movie adaptation Thor: Ragnarok. The movie depicts the comical side of Marvel which is not found in the previous edition of Thor.

He co-created and produced Wellington Paranormal in 2018 and is still working in the show.

Taika Waititi at the premiere of his film Jojo Rabbit SOURCE: Just Jared

In 2019, Taika also worked in Jojo Rabbit. His upcoming project as a director includes Next Goal Wins (2020) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2021). As an actor, he will be seen in DC's comic Adaptation film The Suicide Squad in 2021.

Who Is Taika Waititi's Wife?

Taika Waititi is a married man and has two kids. He tied the knot with his wife Taika Waititi in 2011. The couple first met while she interviewed him for a TV documentary series profiling Maori artists. The two reconnected on the set of Taika film Boy and started dating in late 2009. They decided to take their relationship to the next level after two years of relationship. 

Taika Waititi with his wife attending movie premiere SOURCE: Getty Image

Taika and Chelsea welcomed their first child, a daughter Te Kainga o Te Hinekahu Waititi in May 2012. The family of three also joined by their second daughter Matewa Kiritapu in 2015.

Taika also has a stepson Maia from Chelsea's previous relationship. The loving couple is now living happily with their children in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. 

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