Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis

Highest Rated: 97% The Dark Horse (2014)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jul 27, 1968

Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

Born in New Zealand in 1968, of Maori descent, Cliff Curtis was a performer even before he started his formal training. He attended theater schools in his native New Zealand as well as the Teatro Dimitri Scuola in Switzerland. When he returned to New Zealand, he started out playing the classics on stage, but his heritage clearly played a part in the roles he earned, especially in his early work on screen. Not surprisingly, his first onscreen credits are for film and television from his native New Zealand. What is surprising is that many of these niche roles were giving Curtis international exposure. His first role was a supporting part in Jane Campion's Academy Award-nominated "The Piano" (1993). He had a larger role in another major export from New Zealand, "Once Were Warriors" (1994), where he played the brutal character Bully. The international appeal of this film provided an entrée into Hollywood, where he began to play supporting roles in major releases including the romantic comedy "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998), political satire "The Insider" (1999), and cop thriller "Training Day" (2001). Curtis never forgot his roots, returning most notably in 2002's Oscar-nominated Whale Rider, in which he played a Maori father trying to understand his young daughter. He continued to play supporting roles in feature films, until he appeared in his first series regular role on "Trauma" (NBC, 2009-2010). Although the series lasted only one season, audiences continued to respond to his work. Curtis starred opposite Ashley Judd in the ABC series "Missing" (ABC, 2012) and in 2014, was a series regular on the Fox show "Gang Related" (Fox, 2014). In 2014, it was announced that Curtis would be the lead on AMC's first spinoff from its hugely successful series "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ).

Highest rated movies

The Dark Horse
The Insider
Three Kings
Once Were Warriors
Whale Rider
Murina
The Piano
Live Free or Die Hard

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meg 2: The Trench James "Mac" Mackreides (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Avatar: The Way of Water Tonowari (Character) - 2022
90% 57% Murina Javier (Character) $45.6K 2021
36% 37% Reminiscence Cyrus Boothe (Character) $3.9M 2021
78% 89% Doctor Sleep Billy Freeman (Character) $31.6M 2019
67% 88% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Jonah (Character) $173.8M 2019
92% 100% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen Executive Producer - 2018
45% 42% The Meg Mac (Character) $142.8M 2018
53% 70% Risen Yeshua (Character) $36.9M 2016
16% 46% Last Knights Lt. Cortez (Character) - 2015
97% 77% The Dark Horse Genesis (Character),
Executive Producer
$143.6K 2014
68% 49% Great Expectations Executive Producer $203.9K 2012
0% 47% A Thousand Words Dr. Sinja (Character) $18.4M 2012
27% 67% Colombiana Emilio Restrepo (Character) $36.7M 2011
88% 86% Boy Producer $255.2K 2010
5% 30% The Last Airbender Fire Lord Ozai (Character) $131.6M 2010
15% 49% Crossing Over Hamid Baraheri (Character) $454.1K 2009
24% 42% Push Hook Waters (Character) $31.8M 2009
9% 37% 10,000 B.C. Tic'Tic (Character) $94.8M 2008
76% 73% Sunshine Searle (Character) $3.7M 2007
82% 86% Live Free or Die Hard Bowman (Character) $134.5M 2007
56% 67% Eagle vs. Shark Producer $221.8K 2007
40% 47% River Queen Wiremu (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tama Tu Producer - 2005
73% 75% Runaway Jury Frank Herrera (Character) $49.4M 2003
No Score Yet 47% Point of Origin Mike Camello (Character) - 2002
91% 88% Whale Rider Porourangi Apirana (Character) $20.8M 2002
19% 27% Collateral Damage Claudio "The Wolf" (Character) - 2002
42% 60% The Majestic The Evil But Handsome Prince Khalid (Character) $27.8M 2001
73% 89% Training Day Smiley (Character) $76.3M 2001
55% 87% Blow Escobar (Character) $53.1M 2001
96% 90% The Insider Sheikh Fadlallah (Character) $29.0M 1999
72% 70% Bringing Out the Dead Cy Coates (Character) $16.6M 1999
94% 77% Three Kings Amir Abdullah (Character) $60.7M 1999
12% 22% Virus Hiko (Character) $14.0M 1999
37% 36% Six Days, Seven Nights Kip (Character) $74.3M 1998
30% 43% Deep Rising Mamooli (Character) $11.2M 1998
93% 95% Once Were Warriors Bully (Character) $1.3M 1994
No Score Yet 59% Hercules in the Underworld Nessus (Character) - 1994
90% 86% The Piano Mana (Character) $39.3M 1993

TV

Credit
75% 59% Fear the Walking Dead Travis (Character) 2015-2017
41% 89% Gang Related Javier Acosta (Character) 2014
48% No Score Yet Missing Dax Miller (Character) 2012
76% 61% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
25% 100% Trauma Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuk (Character) 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Traffic Unknown (Character) 2004
No Score Yet 57% Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Unknown (Guest Star) 1995