David Fane

David Fane

Age Range
48 - 60
Ethnicity
Pacific Islander
Locations
Auckland
Height
188cm / 6ft 2in
Bust/Chest
129cm / 51in
Waist
113cm / 44in
Hips
122cm / 48in
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Bio

David Fane is one of New Zealand’s most high profile writer, actors, radio personalities, and comedians. He is a graduate of our premiere drama school: Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School.

Fane was introduced to New Zealand television audiences playing a variety of characters in the early 1990s TV comedy sketch shows Skitz and Telly Laughs, from which his creation “Dad Semisi” evolved into the well-remembered series The Semisis in 1998. Before that, he was involved with the Pacific Contemporary Theatre group in Christchurch which produced landmark Oscar Kightley plays Fresh off the Boat and Dawn Raid. A Frigate Bird Sings, co-written by Kightley and Fane, was performed to great acclaim in the 1996 International Festival of the Arts in Wellington.

He is a founding member of the theatre company the Naked Samoans which has toured internationally with a string of successful comedy shows and is the creative team behind the Kiwi animated series bro-Town, in which Fane voiced many characters, and the 2006 feature film Sione’s Wedding, in which Dave played a lead role.

He performed in several seasons of the hugely successful television series Outrageous Fortune, playing the ‘part-time crook and full time comic relief’ character of Falani, a lead in the madcap 2009 comedy Diplomatic Immunity, and significant roles in the television drama The Market, and comedy drama The Strip.

On the big screen, his first feature film role was Herman the Henchman in 2002 comedy Tongan Ninja. And then, following Sione’s Wedding, he was cast in the 2007 Samoan-themed horror film The Tattooist – for which he was nominated a New Zealand and Television award for best supporting actor. That same year he worked with director Taika Waititi in the award winning offbeat comedy Eagle vs Shark and was also cast in Rhys Darby’s romantic comedy Love Birds.

Most recently, his credits include the feature films Next Goal Wins (Taika Waititi), Chief Gary, a recurring role on the Australian-New Zealand co-production 800 Words, Raymond the Party Host in Waititi’s television series What We Do in the Shadows, the spinoff series Wellington Paranormal, Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside, and black comedy Fresh Eggs.

David then joined the cast of Australian feature film Paper Champions –released in 2020.

David is represented by Gail Cowan Management in New Zealand. 

Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2020 Next Goal Wins Ace Taika Waititi Feature Film
2020 Paper Champions Kenife Paper Chamions SPV PTY LTD Australia Feature Film
2015 Gary of the Pacific Dad The Downlow Concept Feature Film
2011 Sione's 2 Bolo (core cast) South Pacific Pictures Feature Film
2010 Love Birds Kanga General Film Corp, dir. Paul Murphy Feature Film
2007 Eagle vs. Shark Eric Elisi Sad Animals Ltd, dir. Taika Waititi Feature Film
2006 The Tattooist Mr Va'a Eyeworks Touchdown Films Ltd, Dir. Peter Burger Feature Film
2006 Sione's Wedding Bolo (core cast) South Pacific Pictures, dir. Chris Graham Feature Film
2001 Tongan Ninga Henchman Dir. Jason Stuttler Feature Film

Television

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2019 Fresh Eggs Pig Warner Bros, dir. Various Drama
2019 The Great NZ Bake-off Self Warnr Brothers Other
2018 Westside s4 Falani's Father South Pacific Pictures Drama
2018 Wellington Paranormal Raymond New Zealand Documentary Board, dir. Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek, Taika Waititi Comedy
2017 800 Words s3 Smiler Weld Productions Ltd Drama
2016 The Brokenwood Mysteries s3 Olsen South Pacific Pictures Drama
2016 800 Words s2 Smiler SPP/ Weld Productions Ltd Drama
2015 800 Words Smiler SPP/ Weld Productions Ltd Drama
2015 Word Up! South Pacific Pictures Other
2015 DNA Detectives Presenter Jam TV Ltd Other
2014 Westside s1 Ofisa South Pacific Pictures Drama
2013 My Kitchen Ruined Whitebait Prod Drama
2010 Trails of Napier (comedy) Mongolian Prince Great South TV, dir. Jonathan Brough Drama
2010 Cheers to 50 Years (docu) Team Member TVNZ Drama
2009 Radiradirah (comedy) Judas - Roimata Firehorse Films Ltd Comedy
2009 Island Wars Co Presenter Eyeworks Touchdown Ltd Drama
2008 Diplomatic Immunity Jonah South Pacific Pictures Comedy
2007 2009 Outrageous Fortune (Series 3-6) Falani South Pacific Pictures Drama
2002 What Now Various Drama
2001 2003 The Strip (Series 1-2) Jack Gibson Group Drama
1997 The Semisis Pisupo/Minister Gibson Group Comedy
1995 1996 Telly Laughs Various Gibson Group Comedy
1993 1996 Skitz (comedy) Various Gibson Group Comedy
1992 Typhon's People Terry Gibson Group Drama
2004 09 Bro'town Mac, brother, Ken, Jeff, Agnes, Tapili, Pepelo Pepelo Actor and Writer Comedy

Web Series

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2017 Baby Mama's Club Iosefa BMC Productions, dir. Hanelle Harris, Roseanne Liang

Theatre

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2019 Naked Samoans Do Magic Sinonidini Dir. Nina Nawalowalo
2019 Peter Pan Captain Hook Dir. Dan Pengally, Centrepoint
2018 The Mountaintop Martin Luther King Dir. Fasitoa Amosa, FCC
2018 19 The Taming of the Shrew Richard III Pop up Globe
2015 Sons Auckland Theatre Company
2012 A Frigate Bird Sings Kapili Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Alison Quigan
2011 The Twits Mrs Twits Auckland Theatre Company
2011 Bare ChCh Earthquake Appal, Civic Theatre
2010 Naked Samoans Go Home Oxfam Tsunami Charity Show
2009 Gods of Carnage Dir. Colin McColl, ATC
2008 Where We Once Belonged ATC
2007 Niu Sila Tauranga Festival
2006 Naked Samoans Go Home Naked Samoans
2004 Niu Sila Downstage Theatre
2003 Ladies Night Wes Auckland Theatre Company
2002 Naked Samoans-The Trilogy Edinburgh Festival
2001 Vicks Boy Circa Theatre, dir. Danny Mulheron
2001 Paradise Takirua Productions / Circa Theatre, dir. Tina Cook
2000 Naked Samoans Go To Hollywood
2000 Serial Killers Circa Theatre, dir. Cathy McRae
1999 Naked Samoans
1998 Sons Downstage Theatre, dir. Christian Penny
1998 Naked Samoans Talk About Their Knives
1997 Mojo Circa Theatre, dir. Stephen Bain
1997 A Streetcar Named Desire Downstage Theatre / Northland Festival, dir. Jean Betts
1996 Eulogy Downstage Theatre, dir. Andrew Foster
1994 1995 Fresh off the Boat Dir. Nathaniel Lees
1993 Voices on the Wind Barton National Tour, dir. Justine Simae Barton

Commercial

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2020 Partners Life Narrator
2018 2019 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Mama Nature FCB
2017 Ducktails Himself The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd

Voice

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2018 Kiri & Lou Animated Series Uncle Tama Kiri & Lou Ltd
2017 The Barefoot Bandits Curtis Scott Muckpuddy Animation
2014 One Winged Bee Bee Bee Sting One Winged Bee Productions

Training

Year Description Institution / Presenter
1999 Bachelor of Acting Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School
1992 Diploma in Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

Languages

Advanced: Samoan

Accents

Advanced: Samoan

Sports

Intermediate: Fencing

Singing Styles

Advanced: General

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Trombone