David Fane ONZM

David Fane ONZM

Pacific Islander
Age Range
51 - 63
188cm / 6ft 2in
129cm / 51in
113cm / 44in
122cm / 48in

MGMT Entertainment - US Management

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Proud Samoan New Zealander David Fane, ONZM, is one of Aotearoa’s most versatile actors, well known for the eclectic characters he has created across his prolific career on stage and screen. First appearing in the early 90s on sketch comedy shows Skitz and Telly Laughs, Dave went on to become a regular on large and small screens in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Pretty quickly, he realised it's always best to work with people you like, so teamed up with some of his best mates to found theatre company, The Naked Samoans. Their particular brand of cutting-edge satire found an instant audience and has endured over 20 years to produce numerous sell out stage shows, 2 feature films, Sione’s Wedding (released in U.S. as Samoan Wedding) 1 and 2, and the beloved and award winning, animated series, Bro’town, for which David co- wrote and voiced multiple iconic characters.  

Some of David’s other film roles include the hit comedy, Tongan Ninja, and Samoan- themed horror film, The Tattooist, for which he received best supporting actor nomination at the NZ Film & Television awards. David has previously worked with Taika Waititi on award-winning comedy feature, Eagle vs Shark, and two seasons of the HBO Max run-away piratical hit, Our Flag Means Death.  David's other well-known TV roles include The Strip, Outrageous Fortune, 800 Words, Fresh Eggs and Australian series The Messenger

In 2016, David received Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Senior Artist award and in 2023 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the performing arts.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 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


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Our Flag Means Death Season Two Fang - Core Cast Retro Inc, HBO Drama
2023 The Messenger Sal ABC Drama
2022 Duckrockers Sonny South Pacific Pictures Drama
2022 Our Flag Means Death Season One Fang - Core Cast Retro Inc, HBO Drama
2019 Fresh Eggs Pig Warner Brothers, dir. Various Drama
2019 The Great NZ Bake-off Self Warner 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
2004-09 Bro'town Mac, brother, Ken, Jeff, Agnes, Tapili, Pepelo Pepelo Actor and Writer Comedy
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

Web Series

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


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 The Heartbreak Choir Peter Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Lara Macgregor
2022 The Worm Old Horatio Nightsong
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

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2021 Proof Len Heimlich Manoeuvre Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Air NZ 'Christmas' Santa Reel Factory
2020 Partners Life Narrator The Hood & Co
2018-2019 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Mama Nature FCB
2017 Ducktails Himself The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd


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


Advanced: Samoan


Advanced: Samoan


Intermediate: Fencing

Singing Styles

Advanced: General

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Trombone