Manu Bennett net worth: Manu Bennett is a New Zealand actor that has a net worth of $1.5 million dollars. His mother was a model and his dad was a vocalist. He grew up in Australia, and after that returned to New Zealand for high school, graduating from Te Aute College. An excellent rugby player, he chose to leave the sport behind to focus on a career in performance. He went to study dancing and acting while at university, and after that moved to Los Angeles to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. He began his professional performing career in the early 90s, appearing on the soap opera, “Paradise Beach”. He’s now appearing on the hit show, “Arrow”.
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.