Born on November 4, 1955 in Auckland, New Zealand, Lani John Tupu is an actor best known for his role in the series Farscape. He decided not to immediately pursue his acting interests, and instead trained as a teacher at the Teachers’ Training College in Wellington, New Zealand. He also attended Rongotai College.
Lani John Tupu began his career in show business playing Dr. Miller in the primetime New Zealand soap opera Country GP. He remained on the show for two seasons and soon moved to Australia to continue his career. During the late 1980s, he landed roles on films like the comedy Send a Gorilla and the 1989 action movie The Punisher. He was usually credited as Larney Tupu during this time, which is the Anglicized version of his name. Tupu was seen in other series, like Mission: Impossible in 1990 and Marlin Bay in 1992. He also appeared in High Tide and the popular series Water Rats, as well as the family adventure series Flipper. Tupu was given a minor role in the popular TV film The Lost World, as well as its subsequent series spin-off. In 1999, he landed the role of Captain Bialar Crais on the hit series Farscape. Crais is bent on avenging the brutal death of his brother. Tupu’s voice could also be heard as the voice of the Pilot on the show and on its videogame, Farscape: The Game. Tupu continued his career on other series like two episodes of Grass Roots in 2003, an episode of Monarch Cove and Home and Away in 2007. He also reappeared on the miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars in 2004. Lani Tupu was next given a role in the thriller The Condemned, starring Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones. Tupu also landed a part in the drama Welcome Home in 2007.