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Michael Hurst - Biography, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Filmography
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Michael Hurst (born September 20, 1957) is a New Zealand actor, director and screenwriter best known for his role as Iolaus in the 1990s television series The Amazing Journeys of Hercules.
Michael was born in September 1957 in Lancashire, England. When he was seven years old, his family, where Michael was the eldest of four sons, moved to the New Zealand city of Christchurch. There he graduated from high school and then attended the local University of Canterbury for a year.
Hearst made his film debut in 1981 and played his first major role in 1984 in Death Ramp, the first New Zealand splatter film. The picture received the main prize at the Fantastic Film Festival in Paris, thanks to which Hirst attracted the attention of the audience for the first time. That same year, he landed the role of Dave Nelson on Heroes, where he starred over the next two years.
In 1985, Michael first appeared on the screen with his future wife Jennifer Ward-Leland in the film "Dangerous Orphans", with whom he had already played several times on the stage. Their wedding took place in 1988, after which they starred three more times together in the films "The Trail of a Man" (1992), "Desperate Measures" (1993) and "I'll Make You Happy" (1999). In 1997, Jennifer gave birth to their first son Jack, and two years later they had another boy named Cameron.
Michael Hirst achieved his greatest success in 1994, when he played the role of Iolaus in the television movie "Hercules and the Amazons", which served as the beginning of the popular television series "The Amazing Journeys of Hercules." Throughout the years of filming from 1995 to 1999, Hirst was one of the main characters in this series, and also appeared in the same role a couple of times in the series Xena: Warrior Princess. In 1995, Hirst directed two episodes of the series about Hercules, for which in 1997 and 1999 he won the New Zealand Film and Television Awards. His first feature film directorial debut was Jubilee, which was released in 2000.
Hirst played some of his most recent roles in The Tattoo Artist (2007) and Bitchy Things (2009), as well as the television series The Adventures of the Maddigans (2005) and The Legend of the Seeker (2009).
In 2003, Michael Hirst was awarded the Art Foundation of New Zealand Prize. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order of Merit for New Zealand for his contributions to film and theater.
In 2010, he played a small role in one episode of the New Zealand comedy series The Almighty Johnsons.
Recently, Michael has been working as a director on the set of the series "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" and "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", in the latter he played the episodic role of the Roman messenger.