Karl Otto Thaning
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Karl Otto Thaning
Karl Otto Thaning
Personal information
Full nameKarl Otto Thaning
National team South Africa
Born (1977-05-09) 9 May 1977 (age 44)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)

Karl Otto Thaning (born May 9, 1977) is a South African actor and former professional swimmer[1] and water polo player. As a swimmer he most notably competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. As an actor, he has appeared in a number of films and television series.

Early life

Thaning attended the Bishops High School in Cape Town then, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, graduating with a degree in theatre and film.

Athletic career

Thaning represented his country in two sports, playing water polo for South Africa at the Heliopolis Tournament in Cairo, Egypt in 2003, and later for swimming at numerous tournaments.

As a swimmer, Thaning specialized in freestyle events. He claimed numerous short-course South African titles in sprint freestyle (both 50 and 100).[2][3]

Thaning competed in the men's 4 × 100 m medley relay, as a member of the South African team, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.,[4] teaming with Gerhard Zandberg, Terence Parkin, and Eugene Botes in heat two, Thaning anchored a freestyle leg to finish the race with a split of 49.25, with the team finishing thirteenth overall in a final time of 3:43.94.[5][6]

He captained the National Aquatic Team at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006, during which he finished 9th in the 50 meter freestyle and anchored the freestyle leg of the men's 4 × 100 m medley relay to a 6th-place finish.

Acting career

Thaning began acting in 2002, and has appeared in numerous television shows and films since then. He played Captain Phillip Brooks in the seven-part 2008 South African miniseries Feast of the Uninvited. He also acted in international films, such as the 2010 Winnie, which starred Jennifer Hudson, and the 2012 film Dredd, in which he played Judge Chan. Other characters portrayed by him include O'Malley in Black Sails, Jared Taylor in SAF3 and First Mate Warren in Outlander.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Karl Otto Thaning". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Parkin Closes South African Short Course Championships in Style". Swimming World Magazine. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Roets Delivers in Sprints at South African Short Course Championships". Swimming World Magazine. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Swimming - Men's 4×100m Medley Relay Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Men's 4×100m Medley Relay Heat 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Thomas, Stephen (20 August 2004). "Men's 400 Medley Relay, Prelims Day 7: USA Looks Absolutely Unbeatable; Expect a World Record!". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 2013.

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