Manu Bennett (born 10 October 1969), also known as John Bennett or Jon Bennett, is an Australian-New Zealand actor. He is known for his portrayal as the Gallic gladiator Crixus in the Starz television series Spartacus. He has also appeared as Azog the Defiler in Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation based on the The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, and as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in The CW TV series Arrow. Wikipedia
Manu has three children with socialite Karin Horen.
Attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute on a scholarship.
Quit playing professional rugby in order to attend Univeristy where he studied drama and dance.
Is of Te Arawa, Ngati Kahungunu Maori and Irish descent from his father' side and of Scottish and Spanish blood from his mother's side.
Has an uncle who played piano for Elvis Presley.
Offered ballet scholarship in New York after finishing high school, but chose to travel Europe and the US instead.
Mother was a Queensland beauty queen, father, an entertainer in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
His family immigrated to Australia when he was just a few months old.
Credited as 'Manu' Bennett in his role as Jack Hewitt on Shortland Street.
Deep gravelly voice
[on attending a boarding school for Maori boys in New Zealand.] It was like being sent to gladiator school. Like prison. The only things people respected were strength, being good at rugby, and being able to hold your own in a fight.
Manu is a New Zealand Maori name that means "bird". I was given this name after my uncle who was the Bishop Of New Zealand.