Birth Name: Jemaine Clement
Birth Place: Masterton, Wellington, NZ
Born Jan. 10, 1974 in Masterton, a small city in the agrarian Wairarapa region of New Zealand, Clement grew up in a blue-collar family he described as a mixture of European and Maori (indigenous New Zealander) descent. He attended Makoura College, where his friends called him "Jim" and he vested himself in speech and drama activities. His entry in Makoura's yearbook relates how a certain math teacher inspired him "to despise all human life," and listed his great ambition, to participate in "Jelly Wrestling" in a future "Masterton Olympics." Upon graduation, he moved on to Victoria University of Wellington to study theater and film, and there he met later collaborators Taika Waititi (a.k.a. T...
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