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Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, on July 27, 1968. He is of New Zealand Maori descent (with Ngati Hauiti and Te Arawa tribal affiliations). He enrolled at the New Zealand Drama School, and then the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland. After returning to New Zealand from Europe, he was cast in The Piano (1993). Subsequent roles in New ... See full bio »

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 2015 Last Knights
Lt. Cortez
 2014 The Dark Horse
 2009 Push
Hook Waters
 2007 Gag Reel (Video short)
Bowman (uncredited)
 2007 Sunshine
 2005 River Queen
 2005 The Pool (Short)
 2004 Spooked
Mort Whitman
 2004 Heinous Crime (Short)
Pizza delivery man
 2004 Fracture
Detective Franklin
 2004 Traffic (TV Mini-Series)
Adam Kadyrov
 2003 Runaway Jury
Frank Herrera
 2002 Point of Origin (TV Movie)
Mike Camello
 2001 The Majestic
The Evil But Handsome Prince Khalid
 1999 The Insider
Sheikh Fadlallah (as Clifford Curtis)
 1999 Bringing Out the Dead
Cy Coates
 1999 Virus
 1998 The Chosen (TV Movie)
Father Tahere
 1998 Deep Rising
 1996 Chicken
 1996 Mananui (Short)
 1995 Mysterious Island (TV Series)
"Peter" / Peter
- First Impressions Are Skin Deep (1995) ... "Peter"
- Make Yourselves a Home (1995) ... Peter (uncredited)
 1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series)
- As Darkness Falls (1995) ... Nemis
 1994 Once Were Warriors
 1994 Rapa Nui
Short Ears
 1994 Kahu & Maia
 1993 Desperate Remedies
 1993 The Piano
 1991 Undercover (TV Movie)
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6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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(On Whale Rider) I've been waiting for this film for a long time. It's fun to go off and put on a disguise and pretend to be someone else, but to be able to get back to myself and my culture, that was just more than really nice, y'know - it was vital. See more »


Filmed his part as Pablo Escobar in Blow in just three days. See more »

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