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A native of Talinn, Estonia, and the son of Estonian pop musician Tarmo Urb (of the Urb Brothers fame), model-cum-actor Johann Urb immigrated to Finland with his parents at the age of ten, and spent the remainder of his childhood in that country. Urb subsequently moved to New York City, where he modeled on a contract with the Ford Agency and formally studied drama at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute. The actor took one of his first feature bows in 2006, with a small supporting role opposite Dominique Swain (Lolita) in the gambling drama All In; that same year, he also essayed a lead in actor/director Brad Jurjens' gritty, direct-to-video action thriller The Bank Job. Urb achieved his most prominent Hollywood billing, however, two years later, in the Paris Hilton/Christine Lakin gross-out comedy The Hottie & the Nottie (2008).

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