Cliff Curtis

Movie Actor

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand on July 27th, 1968 and is the Movie Actor. At the age of 55, Cliff Curtis biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis
Date of Birth
July 27, 1968
New Zealand
Place of Birth
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
55 years old
Zodiac Sign
$3 Million
Actor, Film Actor, Film Producer, Television Actor
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Toby Curtis (uncle)
Cliff Curtis Career

Curtis started acting in amateur productions of musicals Fiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha with the Kapiti Players and the Mantis Cooperative Theatre Company, before attending the New Zealand Drama School and Teatro Dimitri Scoula in Switzerland. He worked at a number of New Zealand theatre companies, including Downstage, Mercury Theatre, Bats Theatre, and Centre Point. His stage roles include Happy End, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, The Cherry Orchard, Porgy and Bess, Weeds, Macbeth, Serious Money, and The End of the Golden Weather.

His first feature film role was a small part in the Oscar-nominated Jane Campion film The Piano. He went on to win attention in Once Were Warriors, one of the most successful films released on New Zealand screens; the line "Uncle fucken Bully" referring to Curtis's character spoken by "Jake the Muss", played by Temuera Morrison, became one of New Zealand film's most memorable and quoted lines, as well as being part of the "Kiwiana" trend. He played Kahu in the short-film Kahu & Maia, a contemporary depiction of a Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rongomaiwahine legend. He played a seducer in the melodrama Desperate Remedies. In 2000 Curtis starred as family man Billy Williams in Jubilee, before playing father to the lead character in the international hit Whale Rider.

In 2004 with producer Ainsley Gardiner, Curtis formed independent film production company Whenua Films. The goals of the company are to support the growth of the New Zealand indigenous film-making scene, and support local short filmmakers. He and Gardiner were appointed to manage the development and production of films for the Short Films Fund for 2005–06 by the New Zealand Film Commission. They have produced several shorts under the new company banner, notably Two Cars, One Night, which received an Academy Award nomination in 2005, and Hawaikii by director Mike Jonathan in 2006. Both short films circulated through many of the prestigious international film festivals like the Berlinale.

At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Miramax Films bought US distribution rights to relationship comedy Eagle vs Shark, the first feature film directed by Taika Waititi. Waititi's follow-up feature Boy, also from Whenua Films, went on to become the highest grossing New Zealand film released.

In 2014, Curtis played the lead role in The Dark Horse, which the National Radio review called "one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made." The New Zealand Herald praised him for his "towering performance" as real-life Gisborne speed chess player and coach Genesis Potini, who died in 2011. Curtis studied chess and deliberately put on weight for the role.

Curtis has appeared in the films Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Three Kings (1999), the drug drama Blow (2001) with Johnny Depp, Training Day (2001), Collateral Damage (2002), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Sunshine (2007), Push (2009), and Colombiana (2011). In M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (2010), he played the main villain, Fire Lord Ozai. Curtis portrayed Lt. Cortez in the film Last Knights (2015) and Jesus Christ in the film Risen (2016).

In the NBC TV drama Trauma, he played daredevil flight medic Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck. Curtis was cast as Travis Manawa, a leading male role of the AMC TV series Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off of The Walking Dead.

In 2017, Curtis was cast as Tonowari and is set to appear in the four sequels to Avatar, including Avatar: The Way of Water and Avatar 3.

In 2019, he played Jonah Hobbs, the brother of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; their characters are Samoan.


Jason Momoa talks about his rivalry with Australians, May 18, 2023
Jason Momoa has a long history with Australia. But on Thursday, the American actor, 43, told the Herald Sun, there is one thing he will 'always be against'. The Game Of Thrones star joked he won't be supporting Australia in the Bledisloe Cup after he was spotted spending time with Taika Waititi, Cliff Curtis and former All Black captain Tana Umaga over the weekend.

Avatar Experience is coming to Disneyland reveals Disney CEO Bob Iger, February 9, 2023
During the same earnings conference call where Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the company will lay off 7,000 workers in a cost-cutting move, he also announced the hit Avatar franchise is coming to Disneyland. Iger, 71, who returned as CEO in November 2022 to replace embattled Bob Chapek, revealed the new project will be dubbed the Avatar Experience (via Deadline). While he didn't reveal any specifics, adding that more details will be, 'coming soon,' the move comes as Avatar: The Way of Water is closing in on $2.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

Film critic accuses Avatar: The Way of Water of cultural appropriation even though Na'vi are blue, December 20, 2022
Freelance film critic Kathia Woods, who has contributed to Buzzfeed News and The Philadelphia Tribune, made the comments on Twitter. 'At some point we gotta talk about the cultural appropriation of Avatar and white actors are cos playing as poc. 'It's just a mess and so not necessary & no amount of visual effects/CGI is gonna erase that. Bad lace fronts/dry synthetic braids. Jesus fix it,' she said.