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      Cliff Curtis

      Cliff Curtis

      Highest Rated: 97% The Dark Horse (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 0% A Thousand Words (2012)

      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

      97% The Dark Horse 96% The Insider
      94% Three Kings
      93% Once Were Warriors
      92% Muru
      91% Murina
      91% Whale Rider
      90% The Piano

      Photos

      Fear The Walking Dead, Kim Dickens (L), Cliff Curtis (R), 'The Good Man', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/04/2015, ©AMC VIRUS, (top to bottom): Cliff Curtis, Sherman Augustus, Julio Oscar Mechoso, William Baldwin, 1999, (c)MCA Fear The Walking Dead, Kim Dickens (L), Cliff Curtis (R), 'The Good Man', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/04/2015, ©AMC RIVER QUEEN, Cliff Curtis, Samantha Morton, 2005. Fear The Walking Dead, Cliff Curtis, 'The Good Man', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/04/2015, ©AMC Fear The Walking Dead, Cliff Curtis, 'The Good Man', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/04/2015, ©AMC Fear The Walking Dead, Lorenzo James Henrie (L), Cliff Curtis (C), Alycia Debnam-Carey (R), 'The Good Man', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/04/2015, ©AMC Fear The Walking Dead, Lorenzo James Henrie (L), Cliff Curtis (C), Alycia Debnam-Carey (R), 'The Good Man', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/04/2015, ©AMC Trauma, Anastasia Griffith (L), Cliff Curtis (R), 'Bad Day at Work', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/12/2009, ©NBC Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Almadena', Season 1, Ep. #12, 08/07/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Pilot', Season 1, Ep. #1, 05/22/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Dia De Todos Los Santos', Season 1, Ep. #9, 07/17/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Regreso Del Infierno', Season 1, Ep. #7, 07/03/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Emilio Rivera (L), Cliff Curtis (R), 'Dia De Todos Los Santos', Season 1, Ep. #9, 07/17/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Perros', Season 1, Ep. #4, 06/12/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Miraj Grbic (L), Pasha Lychnikoff (C), Cliff Curtis (R), 'Perros', Season 1, Ep. #4, 06/12/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Almadena', Season 1, Ep. #12, 08/07/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'El Buey y El Alacran', Season 1, Ep. #10, 07/24/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Almadena', Season 1, Ep. #12, 08/07/2014, ©FOX Gang Related, Cliff Curtis, 'Almadena', Season 1, Ep. #12, 08/07/2014, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Avatar 3 Tonowari (Character) - 2025
      27% 73% Meg 2: The Trench James "Mac" Mackreides (Character) $82.6M 2023
      75% 71% True Spirit Ben Bryant (Character) - 2023
      76% 92% Avatar: The Way of Water Tonowari (Character) $684.1M 2022
      92% No Score Yet Muru Sgt 'Taffy' Tawharau (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      91% 70% Murina Javier (Character) $55.8K 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
      47% 44% The Meg Mac (Character) $142.8M 2018
      53% 70% Risen Yeshua (Character) $36.9M 2016
      16% 47% Last Knights Lt. Cortez (Character) - 2015
      97% 77% The Dark Horse Genesis (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $143.6K 2014
      No Score Yet 45% Greencard Warriors Executive Producer - 2013
      69% 50% Great Expectations Executive Producer $203.9K 2012
      0% 46% 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
      23% 42% Push Hook Waters (Character) $31.8M 2009
      9% 37% 10,000 B.C. Tic'Tic (Character) $94.8M 2008
      77% 73% Sunshine Searle (Character) $3.7M 2007
      82% 86% Live Free or Die Hard Bowman (Character) $134.5M 2007
      57% 67% Eagle vs. Shark Producer $221.8K 2007
      40% 46% River Queen Wiremu (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 57% 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
      74% 89% Training Day Smiley (Character) $76.3M 2001
      56% 87% Blow Escobar (Character) $53.1M 2001
      96% 90% The Insider Sheikh Fadlallah (Character) $29.0M 1999
      73% 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
      38% 36% Six Days, Seven Nights Kip (Character) $74.3M 1998
      34% 43% Deep Rising Mamooli (Character) $11.2M 1998
      93% 95% Once Were Warriors Bully (Character) $1.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 60% Hercules in the Underworld Nessus (Character) - 1994
      90% 86% The Piano Mana (Character) $39.3M 1993

      TV

      Credit
      73% 58% Fear the Walking Dead Travis (Character) 2015-2017
      41% 90% Gang Related Javier Acosta (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Dax Miller (Character) 2012
      76% 60% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      25% 80% Trauma Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuk (Character) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Traffic Unknown (Character) 2004
      No Score Yet 69% Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Unknown (Guest Star) 1995