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.
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Cliff Curtis Facts
|Birthday||July 27, 1968 (53)|
|Birthplace||Rotorua, New Zealand|
|Live Free or Die Hard|
|The Last Airbender|