Cliff Curtis


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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 Scuola 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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Risen Yeshua
(2016)
Sunshine Searle
(2007)
The Dark Horse Genesis
(2014)
Training Day Smiley
(2001)

Filmography

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  Kaos (TV Series) (filming)
Poseidon
- Episode #1.1 ... Poseidon
 2028 Avatar 5 (filming)
Tonowari
 2026 Avatar 4 (filming)
Tonowari
  True Spirit (post-production)
Ben Bryant
 2024 Avatar 3 (post-production)
Tonowari
 2023 The Meg 2: The Trench (post-production)
James 'Mac' Mackreides
 2022 Muru
Sgt 'Taffy' Tawharau
 2021 Reminiscence
Cyrus Boothe
 2021 Murina
Javier
 2019 Doctor Sleep
Billy Freeman
 2018 The Meg
Mac
 2015-2017 Fear the Walking Dead (TV Series)
Travis Manawa
- Sleigh Ride (2017) ... Travis Manawa
- The New Frontier (2017) ... Travis Manawa
- Eye of the Beholder (2017) ... Travis Manawa
- Wrath (2016) ... Travis Manawa
- North (2016) ... Travis Manawa
 2016 Risen
Yeshua
 2015 Last Knights
Lt. Cortez
 2014 Gang Related (TV Series)
Javier Acosta
- Malandros (2014) ... Javier Acosta
- Almádena (2014) ... Javier Acosta
- La Luz Verde (2014) ... Javier Acosta
- El Buey y El Alacran (2014) ... Javier Acosta
- Dia de Todos los Santos (2014) ... Javier Acosta
 2014 The Dark Horse
Genesis
 2012 Missing (TV Series)
Dax Miller
- Rain on the Evil and on the Good (2012) ... Dax Miller
- Promise (2012) ... Dax Miller
- Answers (2012) ... Dax Miller
- Measure of a Man (2012) ... Dax Miller
- A Busy Solitude (2012) ... Dax Miller
 2012/I A Thousand Words
Dr. Sinja
 2011 Colombiana
Emilio Restrepo
 2011 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Agent Derek Ames / Special Agent Derek Ames
- Hard Knocks (2011) ... Agent Derek Ames
- Missing (2011) ... Special Agent Derek Ames
 2010 The Last Airbender
Fire Lord Ozai
 2009-2010 Trauma (TV Series)
Reuben 'Rabbit' Palchuk
- Crossed Wires (2010) ... Reuben 'Rabbit' Palchuk
- Sweet Jane (2010) ... Reuben 'Rabbit' Palchuk
- Frequent Fliers (2010) ... Reuben 'Rabbit' Palchuk
- Scope of Practice (2010) ... Reuben 'Rabbit' Palchuk
- Targets (2010) ... Reuben 'Rabbit' Palchuk
 2009 Crossing Over
Hamid Baraheri
 2009 Push
Hook Waters
 2008 10,000 BC
Tic'Tic
 2007 Live Free or Die Hard
Bowman
 2007 Fracture
Detective Flores
 2007 Sunshine
Searle
 2006 The Fountain
Captain Ariel
 2005 River Queen
Wiremu
 2005 The Pool (Short)
Husband
 2004/I Spooked
Mort Whitman
 2004 Heinous Crime (Short)
Pizza delivery man
 2004 Fracture
Detective Franklin
 2004 Traffic (TV Mini Series)
Adam Kadyrov
- Episode #1.3 (2004) ... Adam Kadyrov
- Episode #1.2 (2004) ... Adam Kadyrov
- Episode #1.1 (2004) ... Adam Kadyrov
 2003 Runaway Jury
Frank Herrera
 2002 Whale Rider
Porourangi
 2002 Point of Origin (TV Movie)
Mike Camello
 2002 Collateral Damage
Claudio 'El Lobo' Perrini
 2001 The Majestic
The Evil But Handsome Prince Khalid
 2001 Training Day
Smiley
 2001 Blow
Escobar
 2001 Irikura (from Aroha Maori Drama series) (TV Mini Series)
Tapu
 2000 Jubilee
Billy Williams
 1999 The Insider
Sheikh Fadlallah (as Clifford Curtis)
 1999 Bringing Out the Dead
Cy Coates
 1999 Three Kings
Amir Abdulah
 1999 Virus
Hiko
 1998 The Chosen (TV Movie)
Father Tahere
 1998 Deep Rising
Mamooli
 1996 Chicken
Zeke
 1996 Mananui (Short)
Mana
 1996 City Life (TV Series)
Daniel Freeman
- Episode #1.5 (1996) ... Daniel Freeman
- Episode #1.4 (1996) ... Daniel Freeman
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Daniel Freeman
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Daniel Freeman
 1995 Overnight (TV Movie)
Jim
 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)
Nemis
- As Darkness Falls (1995) ... Nemis
 1994 Kahu & Maia
Kahu
 1994 Hercules in the Underworld (TV Movie)
Nessus
 1994 Once Were Warriors
Bully
 1994 Rapa Nui
Short Ears
 1993 The Piano
Mana
 1992 Desperate Remedies
Fraser
 1991 Undercover (TV Movie)
Zip
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Clifford Curtis

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Parents:

Curits, George
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Personal Quote:

For me it's the experience of somebody who wants to treat life as an adventure and explore life. So acting is great for that, whereas a priest is somebody who has a vocation and knows exactly what their purpose is in life. And to be honest, I wasn't there as a young man. I didn't know absolutely. I didn't have that calling. See more »

Trivia:

Though he's Maori, he's only played a Maori in a couple of movies, including Whale Rider (2002). He has been cast as many other dark-skinned ethnicities, having played, among others, Mexican-Americans, Colombians, Arabs, Persians, and Chechens. See more »

Trademark:

Plays characters of various ethnicities

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