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Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand and attended the New Zealand Drama School, as well as the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland.

After returning to New Zealand from Europe, he was cast in The Piano. Subsequent roles in New Zealand include the camp melodrama Desperate Remedies, the grueling urban drama, Once Were Warriors, in which he plays a child rapist, and the lighthearted comedy Jubilee.

In Hollywood, Cliff Curtis has played a range of different roles and ethnicities in films from Columbians to Italians to Latinos and more. His resume includes such films as Runaway Jury, Collateral Damage, The Majestic, Training Day, Blow, The Insider, Bringing out the Dead, Three Kings, Six Days, Seven Nights and Deep Rising, but Curtis is probably best known for his role as young actress Keisha Castle-Hughes' father, Porourangi, in the critically acclaimed Whale Rider.

Recently Curtis starred opposite Samantha Morton and Keifer Sutherland in River Queen, with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn in The Fountain, in the upcoming Sunshine with Michelle Yeoh and in Roland Emmerich's remake of 10,000 B.C., set for release next year.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Cliff Curtis Facts

BirthdayJuly 27, 1968 (54)
BirthplaceRotorua, New Zealand

Selected Filmography

Live Free or Die Hard
The Last Airbender
10,000 B.C.
Red Dragon
The Fountain
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