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John Callen (born 4 November 1946) is an English-born New Zealand actor and director. He portrayed Óin, brother of Glóin in the 2012-2014 The Hobbit film trilogy.[1]

John Callen
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Callen on 6 April 2015 at the Hobbitcon III convention in Bonn, Germany
Born (1946-11-04) 4 November 1946 (age 73)
England, United Kingdom
NationalityNew Zealand


He has performed in movies, including The Rainbow Warrior (film) (as Prime Minister) David Lange), and TV shows, including The Tribe, and lent his voice to Power Rangers Jungle Fury. He has performed in Goodbye Pork Pie, Pictures, Send a Gorilla, Feathers of Peace, Fly (Best Actor in a Short Film), Treasure Island Kids (x3), Love Birds in 2010 (with Sally Hawkins and Rhys Darby), and many TV series and films including Close to Home, Pioneer Women, Roche, Moynihan, 221B Baker Street, Xena – Amazon High (with Selma Blair and Karl Urban), The Man Who Lost His Head (with Martin Clunes), and Bliss (2010).

He has also directed many works for television including Shortland Street, The Tribe, Epitaph, Taonga, and The Kiwi Who Saved Britain (2010). He has performed in and/or directed more than 100 stage plays including performances as Macbeth, Shylock, Polonius and Claudius, and has won best actor and best supporting actor for his theatre work.

He has appeared in a number of TV adverts and voiced more than 120 documentaries and thousands of adverts.



Year Work Role Notes
1981 Goodbye Pork Pie Directed by Geoff Murphy.
1993 The Rainbow Warrior (film) Prime Minister David Lange Directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Sam Neill & Jon Voight.
2006 Treasure Island Kids: The Battle of Treasure Island Conrad Directed by Gavin Scott
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Óin
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
2014 Syrenia Joseph Ford


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  1. ^ Associated Press (October 21, 2010). "Peter Jackson Announces 'Hobbit' Cast". Retrieved October 22, 2010.

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