Actor and director known for his movies What We Do in the Shadows and Boy, the latter of which became New Zealand's highest-grossing film. He was chosen to direct 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, the third movie in the franchise.
He attended Victoria University of Wellington and won the Billy T Award as part of a comedy duo in 1999. His first major TV role came in the early 2000s show The Strip.
His 2004 short film, Two Cars, One Night, was nominated for an Academy Award. He played Tom Kalmaku in 2011's Green Lantern.
He's of Russian and Maori descent and is sometimes billed as Taika Cohen. He had a daughter named Te Hinekahu with wife Chelsea Winstanley in 2012.
He and James Rolleston both starred in Boy.