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Conan Stevens with Peter Jackson

Conan Stevens as Bolg (originally)

Conan Stevens is an Australian actor and former wrestler who portrayed an Orc chieftain, later known as "Keeper of the Dungeons", in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Originally he was cast to portray Bolg in the film adaptations of The Hobbit through makeup, but he was replaced later by Lawrence Makoare, who played the character through motion computer graphics. Stevens stands at 7' 1/4" (2.16 m).

Biography

Conan was born and raised in Australia of combined British/German blood. Conan studied Drama at the University of Newcastle where his academic studies took 2nd place to his joining the University Regiment (infantry) and winning the record for the Bachelor Of Inebriation and holding that record for several years until his flatmate took the title.

He first achieved some measure of fame by appearing in the "Super Hubert Cancer Fund Raiser" comedy show that aired on local TV, not long after Conan Appeared on stage with Camp British comedian Julian Cleary.

Several years later Conan had a chance meeting with Graeme Murphy, Director and choreographer of the Sydney Dance Company, Graeme and Conan had a few drinks and Graeme asked Conan to come in and try out for a new modern ballet that Graeme was producing. Conan did, passed the audition and then worked in the smash hit "Berlin" that played six return seasons at the prestigious Sydney Opera House.

During his time with Sydney Dance Company Conan also won the Australian Professional Wrestling Championship - both Tag team and Heavyweight titles.

A crushing nerve injury sidelined Conan's muscle building endeavors and smashed his hopes of getting a WCW contract in Atlanta, Georgia. this also led him to give up his hopes of becoming an action movie star.

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