Michael Hurst

Michael Eric Hurst, ONZM (born 20 September 1957) is a British-born New Zealand actor, director and writer, mostly on stage and television. He is probably best known internationally for playing Iolaus in the television programs Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and companion series Xena: Warrior Princess. Most recently, he is known for his role in directing the popular Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Ash vs Evil Dead.

Michael Hurst
Born
Michael Eric Hurst

(1957-09-20) 20 September 1957 (age 62)
Lancashire, England
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Ward-Lealand (1988–present)
Websitemichaelhurst.co.nz

BiographyEdit

Hurst was born in Lancashire, England, the eldest of three brothers. When he was seven his family moved to Christchurch, New Zealand. He enrolled at Papanui High School, then University of Canterbury, but for only one year.[citation needed]

He is married to New Zealand actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand and they have two sons.[1]

In 1984, Hurst won the lead role of David Blyth's Death Warmed Up, New Zealand's first splatter movie.[2] The plot saw Hurst's character weathering institutionalisation, sundry wackos, and a motorcycle chase in the tunnels below Waiheke Island. The film won the grand prize at a fantasy film festival in Paris. The same year Hurst began playing drummer Dave Nelson over two series of Heroes, about a band searching for fame.

Crime thriller Dangerous Orphans (1986) is the first film in which Hurst co-starred with real-life partner Jennifer Ward-Lealand (he had already acted with her on-stage). Hurst was one of three grown orphans caught up in a mission to one-up various criminal figures; Ward-Lealand played romantic interest to one of the other orphans.

Hurst would work with Ward-Lealand again on his next three features, 1992's The Footstep Man, 1993's Desperate Remedies,[3] and 1999's I'll Make You Happy. In 1993, he starred alongside Australian Sophie Lee and Brit Greg Wise in TV thriller Typhon's People. Hurst played a European mystery man uncovering the truth behind corporate genetic meddling. The script was by author Margaret Mahy.

Hurst went on to co-star in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys with Kevin Sorbo, playing sidekick Iolaus to Sorbo's Hercules.[4]

Hurst made his feature debut as a director with Jubilee (2000), based on the book by Nepi Solomon. The film stars Cliff Curtis as a kind-hearted procrastinator who gets the chance to prove himself by organising a 75th jubilee.

Hurst followed Jubilee by directing Love Mussel, a one off satire for television. Written by Braindead's Stephen Sinclair and starring Kevin Smith, Love Mussel is a mockumentary about a fictional township which erects a monument to a shellfish with Viagra-like properties.

In 2003, Hurst was awarded an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. He was later designated an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 "for services to film and the theatre". [5]

In 2015, after critically acclaimed[citation needed] runs in New Zealand and at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hurst directed The Generation of Z: Apocalypse at a purpose-built venue in East London between 4 April 2015 to July 2015. Hurst stated, "A lot of the reviews have said 'immersive theatre into overdrive'. 'Video game, only live.' It has those qualities. There are choices where the audience can affect the outcome of scenes which is quite a new thing. It flows very easily depending on which choice they make."[6]

In October 2018 he was presented with a Scroll of Honour from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand for his contribution to New Zealand entertainment.[citation needed]

He has also appeared in several one man show stage productions including No Holds Bard,( based on several Shakespearian characters) in 2018,[5] and An Illiad in 2019.[7]

FilmographyEdit

Starring rolesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Prisoners Sciano Film
1982 Casualties of Peace Peter TV Movie
1984 Constance Photographer (scenes deleted) Film
1984 Heroes Dave Nelson TV Series
1984 Death Warmed Up Michael Tucker Film
1985 Dangerous Orphans Moir Film
1986 Heroes II Dave Nelson TV Series
1989 The Shadow Trader Bob Hoyle TV Mini-Series
1992 The Footstep Man Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Film
1993 Typhon's People Constantine TV Movie
1993 Desperate Remedies Willam Poyser Film
1994 Hercules and the Amazon Women Iolaus TV Movie
1994 Hercules in the Underworld Aelus/Charon TV Movie
1994 Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur Iolaus TV Movie
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Iolaus/Charon/Orestes/Dahak/Widow Twankey TV Series (79 episodes)
1997 A Moment Passing Joey Short Film
1997 The Bar Short Film
1997 Highwater Hugh Chance TV Movie
1998 Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Iolaus (voice) Video
1998 Young Hercules The Jeweler Video
1999 I'll Make You Happy Lou Film
1999 This Is It Narrator, host, and various historical figures TV Special
2001 The Man Who Has Everything George Allwell TV Movie
2002 Honey Nic Short Film
2002 Showstoppers celebrity judge TV Series
2003 Murder on the Blade? Defence lawyer TV Movie
2004 Fracture Athol Peet Film
2004 Hold the Anchovies Manager & Old Iraqi Video
2006 Maddigan's Quest Maska TV Series
2006 Treasure Island Kids: The Monster of Treasure Island ferry pilot Film
2007 Ask Your Uncles Presenter TV Series
2007 The Tattooist Crash Film
2007 We're Here To Help Rodney Hide Film
2007 The Last Magic Show Trevor Norton Film
2007 The Map Reader Alison's father Film
2009 Bitch Slap Gage Film
2012 Inorganic Brett Short Film
2014 Death Walks into a Bar God of War Short Film

Guest-starring rolesEdit

Year Title Role Episode
1976 Thirty Minute Theatre Jim "Tinkling Brass"
1983 Both Sides of the Fence Gary McNabb 1.09
1983 Country GP Mark Sloane 1.32
1985 Hanlon Elliott 1.6 "In Defence of Shue Rock"
1985 Hanlon Defence Lawyer 1.7 "In Defence"
1989 Shark in the Park David Jennings 2.8 "Acting Sergeant"
1990 The New Adventures of Black Beauty Kurt 1.08 "The Birdman"
1990 The Ray Bradbury Theater Roger Shumway 4.08 "The Toynbee Convector"
1991 For the Love of Mike Laurie 1.06
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Lt. Simmons 6.06 "The Long Rain"
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess Iolaus 1.08 "Prometheus"
1996 Xena: Warrior Princess Charon 1.16 "Mortal Beloved"
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Iolaus 2.13 "The Quest"
1997 E! News Daily Himself
1997 Entertainment Tonight Himself
1998 Young Hercules Charon 1.20 "A Lady in Hades"
1999 Celebrity Profile Himself "Lucy Lawless"
1999 Backch@t Himself 2.01
1999 Sunday News Give Us a Clue Himself
1999 Duggan Michael Taylor 1.3 "A Shadow of Doubt: Part 1"
1999 Duggan Michael Taylor 1.4 "A Shadow of Doubt: Part 2"
2000 Topp Twins celebrity golfer 3.05 "Bowls and Golf"
2000 Mai Time Himself
2000 Celebrity Profile Himself "Kevin Sorbo"
2000 Jack of All Trades Captain Nardo da Vinci 2.2 "Shark Bait"
2001 Love Mussel Stephen Jessop TV Movie
2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Nigel 6.13 "You Are There"
2002 Andromeda Ryan 2.20 "The Knight, Death and the Devil"
2002 Mataku Dr. Forbes 1.05 "The Final Plume"
2003 Good Morning Himself
2003 Shortland Street Greg Vicelich Recurring (10 episodes)
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "D.J. Drummond" (voice) 1.20 "Good Will Hunter"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.27 "Shane's Karma: Part 2"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.30 "The Wild Wipeout"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.31 "Double-Edged Blake"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.33 "General Deception, Part I"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.34 "General Deception, Part II"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.35 "A Gem of a Day"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.36 "Down and Dirty"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.37 "Storm Before the Calm, Part I"
2003 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm "Vexacus" (voice) 1.38 "Storm Before the Calm, Part II"
2005 Power Rangers: S.P.D. Silverhead (voice) 1.28 "Robotpalooza"
2005 Frontseat Himself 2.24
2007 Here to Stay Himself 1.03 "The English"
2009 Legend of the Seeker Amfortas 1.13 "Revenant"
2010 The Jono Project "Michael Hurst" 1.12 "Sir Butch"
2012 Spartacus: Vengeance Roman soldier – uncredited 2.09 "Monsters"
2012 The Almighty Johnsons Kvasir 2.01 "And She Will Come to You"
2012 The Almighty Johnsons Kvasir 2.11 "The House of Jerome"
2012 The Almighty Johnsons Kvasir 2.12 "You Call This the Real World?"
2012 The Almighty Johnsons Kvasir 2.13 "Does this Look Like Asgard?"
2012 Auckland Daze Michael 1.06
2014 Auckland Daze Michael 2.05
2014 Auckland Daze Michael 2.06
2016 Terry Teo Cornelius Jones 1.04 "Head to Head"
2016 Highroad The Director 3.04 "39 Lashes"

DirectorEdit

Year Title Notes
1994 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1996 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series) (episode 3.01 "Mercenary")
1997 Amazon High TV Movie
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series) (episode 2.15 "A Day in the Life")
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series) (episode 4.08 " . . . And Fancy Free")
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series) (episode 4.17 "One Fowl Day")
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series) (episode 5.01 "Faith")
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series) (episode 5.07 "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge")
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series) (episode 4.06 "A Tale of Two Muses")
1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series) (episode 5.15 "Greece is Burning")
2000 Jack of All Trades (TV Series) episode 2.04 "The Morning After"
2000 Jack of All Trades (TV Series) episode 2.06 "One, Two, Three, Give Me Lady Liberty"
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series) (episode 5.16 "Life Blood")
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series) (episode 5.18 "Anthony & Cleopatra")
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series) (episode 6.04 "Who's Gurkhan")
2000 Jubilee
2001 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series) (episode 6.15 "To Helicon and Back")
2001 Love Mussel TV Movie
2004 Treasure Island Kids: The Mystery of Treasure Island
2004 Treasure Island Kids: The Monster of Treasure Island
2009 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 1.08 "Denna")
2009 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 1.10 "Sacrifice")
2009 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 1.22 "Reckoning")
2009 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 2.2 "Baneling")
2010 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 2.12 "Hunger")
2010 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 2.17 "Vengeance")
2010 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series) (episode 2.21 "Unbroken")
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand (TV Series) (episode 1.05 "Shadow Games")
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand (TV Series) (episode 1.09 "Whore")
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand (TV Series) (episode 1.12 "Revelations")
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (TV Series) (episode 1.03 "Paterfamilias")
2012 Spartacus: Vengeance (TV Series) (episode 2.01 "Fugitivus")
2012 Spartacus: Vengeance (TV Series) (episode 2.06 "Chosen Path")
2013 Spartacus: War of the Damned (TV Series) (episode 3.04 "Decimation")
2013 Spartacus: War of the Damned (TV Series) (episode 3.09 "The Dead and the Dying")
2013 The Almighty Johnsons (TV Series) (episode 3.07 "Typical Auckland God")
2013 The Almighty Johnsons (TV Series) (episode 3.08 "The Asparagus is Kicking In")
2014 The Brokenwood Mysteries (TV Series) (episode 1.03 "Playing the Lie")
2014 Step Dave (TV Series) (episode 1.05 "My Room")
2014 Step Dave (TV Series) (episode 1.06 "Knocked Up Natalie")
2014 Step Dave (TV Series) (episode 1.07 "Promise and Deliver")
2015 Step Dave (TV Series) (episode 2.12 "Kids")
2015 Step Dave (TV Series) (episode 2.13 "Will You, Won't You")
2015 Tatau (TV Series) (episode 1.06)
2015 Tatau (TV Series) (episode 1.07)
2015 Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series) (episode 1.06 "The Killer of Killers")
2015 Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series) (episode 1.07 "Fire in The Hole")
2016 Westside (TV Series) (episode 2.03)
2016 Westside (TV Series) (episode 2.04)
2016 Westside (TV Series) (episode 2.07)
2016 Westside (TV Series) (episode 2.08)
2016 800 Words (TV Series) (episode 2.03)
2016 800 Words (TV Series) (episode 2.04)
2017 800 Words (TV Series) (episode 2.09)
2017 800 Words (TV Series) (episode 2.10)
2017 800 Words (TV Series) (episode 2.13)
2017 800 Words (TV Series) (episode 2.14)

ProducerEdit

Year Title Notes
2012 Spartacus: War of the Damned TV Series

WriterEdit

Year Title Notes
1994 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Screenplay
1996 Clown Story Story

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mann, Brit (3 February 2019). "At home with actor and director Michael Hurst". Stuff. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Death Warmed Up | Film | NZ On Screen". nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  3. ^ McDonald, Dougal (26 February 1994). "Unconventional opera a creative triumph". Canberra Times. Retrieved 29 January 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "See the Cast of 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' Now!". Closer Weekly. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Shakespearean bard Michael Hurst comes to town". Stuff. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. ^ Cheesman, Neil (9 March 2015). "Interview with Michael Hurst". London Theatre.
  7. ^ Simei-Barton, Paul (30 May 2019). "Theatre review: Michael Hurst's and Shayne Carter's combined strengths makes for powerful epic". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 29 January 2020.

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