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Cliff Curtis Biography

Birth Place:
Rotorua, New Zealand

Fast Facts

  • Is a New Zealand native of Maori descent
  • Was a champion rock-and-roll dancer in the 1980s
  • Made film debut in 1993's The Piano
  • Has won three New Zealand Film and TV Awards for his performances in Desperate Remedies (1995), Jubilee (2000) and Whale Rider (2003)
  • Co-founded the film production company Whenua Films in 2004 as a means to support New Zealand indigenous filmmakers