Cliff Curtis Biography
Cliff Curtis – Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis was born on 27 July 1968, he is a New Zealand actor. His film credits include Once Were Warriors (1994), Blow (2001), Whale Rider (2002), and The Dark Horse (2014) for which he won the Best Performance by an Actor award at the 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Curtis had television series roles on NBC’s Trauma and Body of Proof, and ABC’s Missing. From 2015 to 2017, Curtis portrayed Travis Manawa on the AMC horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead. Ethnically Māori, his many character roles have included a range of ethnicities, such as Latin American and Arab. Curtis is co-owner of the independent New Zealand production company Whenua Films.
Cliff Curtis Age
Curtis, one of eight children, was born in Rotorua on 27 July 1968, in the North Island of New Zealand, and is the son of an amateur dancer. Curtis is of Māori descent; his tribal affiliations are Te Arawa and Ngāti Hauiti.
As a boy he studied mau rākau, a traditional Māori form of taiaha fighting, with Māori elder Mita Mohi on Mokoia Island, which nurtured his abilities as a performer in kapa haka. Curtis later performed as a breakdancer and then competitively in rock ‘n’ roll dance competitions. He received his secondary education at Western Heights High School, Rotorua.
Cliff Curtis Wife
Curtis guards his personal life closely. He married in late 2009 in a lavish private ceremony at his home, and has three children.
Cliff Curtis Family
The New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis has been able to keep a secret from the media, so far. He has yet not revealed the identity of his wife. Let’s find out more about this secretive actor in our story today.
The 48-years-old actor, Curtis got married on the New Year eve 2009 which was a lavish and moreover private ceremony in Marae. He made everyone familiar about the marriage ceremony but following a unrevealed identity of his wife.
The 48-years old actor remained silent and requested Daily Post for privacy through an email.
We only have the information about the wedding that the bride’s family is possibly from Asia as the family traveled Rotoiti from Asia in a 22-seater private jet. Curtis’s uncle, Toby Curtis mentioned about the guests which include mainly family. Toby also revealed that the home wedding was the idea of Curtis and everyone should respect the privacy. He mentioned;
“I think it’s important to everyone.”
He was a father of two children when he got married to the Asian girl. Again, his previous relation was as confidential as of his present relationship.
After the marriage of six years, he has got another member added to his family. So far, it has been hard for his fan to know about his personal life. He has been guarding his family in quite a healthy manner and also his private life as we have no clue about his girlfriend and dating history.
What might be the reason behind the undisclosed identity of his wife? Is it just a privacy thing that is stopping him or some publicity stunt? That is yet left to figure out as we are still in a dilemma about the fact. All we can say is Curtis soon will be in his comfort zone to share about his life and wife.
Cliff Curtis Ethnicity
Different ethnicity represented by Curtis (2014).
He once mentioned in an interview how seriously he takes every role solemnly as it resembles different ethnicity. He stated;
“I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster. I’m not fooling around. I don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own.”
Undoubtedly, when an actor plays a character, then it resembles the life of people directly or indirectly. That is done in a pretty excellent way by Curtis.
Cliff Curtis Net Worth
Cliff Curtis Net Worth: Cliff Curtis is a New Zealand actor who has a net worth of $3 million million dollars.
Cliff Curtis Height
Cliff Curtis has a height of 1.84 m.
Cliff Curtis Movies and TV Shows
Curtis started acting in amateur productions of musicals Fiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha with the Kapiti Players and the Mantis Cooperative Theatre Company, before attending the New Zealand Drama School and Teatro Dimitri Scoula in Switzerland. He worked at a number of New Zealand theatre companies, including Downstage, Mercury Theatre, Bats Theatre, and Centre Point. His stage roles include Happy End, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, The Cherry Orchard, Porgy and Bess, Weeds, Macbeth, Serious Money, and The End of the Golden Weather.
His first feature film role was a small part in the Oscar-nominated Jane Campion film The Piano. He went on to win attention in Once Were Warriors, one of the most successful films released on New Zealand screens; the line “Uncle f**ken Bully” referring to Curtis’s character spoken by “Jake the Muss” Temuera Morrison, became one of New Zealand film’s most memorable and quoted lines, as well as being part of the “Kiwiana” trend. He also played a seducer in the melodrama Desperate Remedies. In 2000 Curtis starred as family man Billy Williams in Jubilee, before playing father to the lead character in the international hit Whale Rider.
In 2004 with producer Ainsley Gardiner, Curtis formed independent film production company Whenua Films. The goals of the company are to support the growth of the New Zealand indigenous film-making scene, and support local short filmmakers. He and Gardiner were appointed to manage the development and production of films for the Short Films Fund for 2005-06 by the New Zealand Film Commission.
They have produced several shorts under the new company banner, notably Two Cars, One Night, which received an Academy Award nomination in 2005, and Hawaikii by director Mike Jonathan in 2006. Both short films circulated through many of the prestigious international film festivals like the Berlinale.
At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Miramax Films bought US distribution rights to their first feature film, a relationship comedy titled Eagle vs Shark, directed by Taika Waititi. Waititi’s follow-up feature Boy, also from Whenua Films, went on to become the highest grossing New Zealand film released on its own soil.
In 2014, Curtis played the lead role in The Dark Horse, which the National Radio review called “one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made.” The New Zealand Herald praised him for his “towering performance” as real-life Gisborne speed chess player and coach Genesis Potini, who died in 2011. Curtis studied chess and deliberately put on weight for the role.
Curtis has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Three Kings (1999), the drug drama Blow (2001) with Johnny Depp, Training Day (2001), Collateral Damage (2002), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Sunshine (2007), Push (2009), and Colombiana (2011). In M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender (2010), he played the main villain, Fire Lord Ozai. Curtis portrayed Lt. Cortez in the film Last Knights (2015) and Jesus Christ in the film Risen (2016).
In the NBC TV drama Trauma, he played daredevil flight medic Reuben “Rabbit” Palchuck. Curtis was cast as Travis Manawa, a leading male role of the AMC TV series Fear the Walking Dead, the official spin-off of The Walking Dead.
In 2017, Curtis was cast as “Tonowari” and is set to appear in the four sequels to Avatar.
|1994||Kahu & Maia|
|1994||Once Were Warriors||Bully|
|1994||Rapa Nui||Short Ears|
|1998||Six Days, Seven Nights||Kip|
|1999||Three Kings||Amir Abdulah|
|1999||Bringing Out the Dead||Cy Coates|
|1999||The Insider||Sheikh Fadlallah (as Clifford Curtis)|
|2001||The Majestic||The Evil But Handsome Prince Khalid|
|2002||Collateral Damage||Claudio El Lobo Perrini|
|2003||Runaway Jury||Frank Herrera|
|2004||Heinous Crime||Pizza delivery man|
|2006||The Fountain||Captain Ariel|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard||FBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman|
|2009||Crossing Over||Hamid Baraheri|
|2010||The Last Airbender||Fire Lord Ozai|
|2012||A Thousand Words||Dr. Sinja|
|2014||The Dark Horse||Genesis Potini|
|2015||Last Knights||Lt. Cortez|
|2016||Risen||Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth|
|2018||The Meg||James “Mac” Mackreides|
|1991||Under Cover||Zip||Television film|
|1994||Hercules in the Underworld||Nessus|
|1995||Mysterious Island||Peter||2 episodes|
|1996||City Life||Daniel Freeman||4 episodes|
|1998||The Chosen||Father Tahere||Television film|
|2002||Point of Origin||Mike Camello|
|2004||Traffic||Adam Kadyrov||3 episodes|
|2009–2010||Trauma||Reuben ‘Rabbit’ Palchuk||20 episodes|
|2011||Body of Proof||FBI Agent Derek Ames||2 episodes|
|2012||Missing||Agent Dax Miller||10 episodes|
|2014||Gang Related||Javier Acosta||13 episodes|
|2015–2017||Fear the Walking Dead||Travis Manawa||21 episodes|
|2016–2017||Talking Dead||Himself||3 episodes|
Cliff Curtis Avatar
While some remain dubious the Avatar sequels are ever actually going to happen, the films just took a major step forward by casting the first new lead role. Indeed, THR reports that Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has signed on to fill a lead role in all four Avatar sequels. The Training Day and Last Airbender actor will be playing Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina reef people clan.
Filmmaker James Cameron has been saying for years that the Avatar sequels would explore a whole new environment of Pandora by going underwater, and it appears the Metkayina may play a major role in the story arc of Avatar 2, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5.
Curtis is the first new actor to join the franchise since development began on the sequels in the wake of Avatar’s success, way back in 2010. Release dates have been announced and then pushed back a number of times, and most recently 20th Century Fox set Avatar 2 and 3 for release in December 2020 and 2021, with Avatar 4 and 5 following in December 2024 and 2025.
This indicates that Cameron will indeed be shooting these sequels in blocks and not necessarily all four at once, with production slated to begin early next year on Avatar 2 and 3, after which Cameron and the team will break to start post-production work on those two sequels before going back to shoot the final two films.
What this means for Curtis’ future on Fear the Walking Dead is unclear. The AMC spinoff series has already been renewed for a fourth season with new showrunners, but Season 3—which premieres this June—started filming in January.
If they keep that schedule, Curtis’ Avatar duties would likely conflict with the filming of Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, so again it’s unclear if the Fear production will shift, if Curtis’ character is being killed off in Season 3, or if he can juggle duties on both projects simultaneously. Given that the Avatar movies are shot entirely in a motion-capture volume it’s possible to shoot Curtis’ scenes in a block without worrying about the schedules of other actors, so there are a number of ways this could all play out.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver are all confirmed to be returning for the Avatar sequels, which were written by Cameron and a combination of Josh Friedman (Emerald City), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages). And while some may still be dubious, the staggered release schedule of the Avatar sequels combined with Curtis’ casting seem to suggest Cameron and Fox may have finally pinned this thing down.
Cliff Curtis Jesus
In Risen, New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) joins a fairly brief list of actors who have played one of the central spiritual figures in human history – Jesus Christ. But unlike other movies that depict the life and times of the Christian Messiah, Risen portrays them in stark, realistic terms, and the mystery of his resurrection plays out like a thriller more than anything else as a Roman soldier played by Joseph Fiennes tries to solve the riddle of why Jesus’ body is not in its tomb.
At the film’s press day in Los Angeles, Screen Rant spoke with Curtis about whether he was intimidated by the role, how he prepared for it, and why he gave up his childhood dream of being a priest to become an actor…
When you take on this role – a pretty important person in the grand scheme of things – is there a moment where you’re intimidated by it, or do you seize the moment and not think about it?
Cliff Curtis: I took it as a miracle that this role came my way, that the possibility even happened. Jesus for me as a child was my first superhero – I didn’t read comics, I read the Bible. So – and as an actor, it was the role I always wanted to play. But it became a joke; I never thought it would actually happen. So when it did happen, I took it as a miracle. I was like, “This is actually happening.” And then I had to think, well, how am I going to do it? What am I going to do? So I took a vow of silence. That was my approach and preparation. I lived alone for a month, you know, preparing my own meals, and I didn’t speak to anybody.
Interesting. You have the script, you have the Bible, were there other ways to research the historical Jesus?
Well, because of my childhood, I knew a lot about Jesus and the historical stuff. I’m not a theologian, I’m not an historian, but from a lay person’s point of view I had a fair amount of – I’d been preparing for the role most of my life in that sense. He was a carpenter, I was a builder. He was a man…I was always interested in spirituality, I always had an interest in it. I thought I was going to be a priest, you know, as a kid. I just turned into an actor.
How does a priest turn into an actor? What changes along the way?
A crisis of faith, I think. And then you get caught up in life, wondering what you’re going to be. An actor, acting for me is somebody who doesn’t really – for me it’s the experience of somebody who wants to treat life as an adventure and explore life. So acting is great for that, whereas a priest is somebody who has a vocation and knows exactly what their purpose is in life. And to be honest, I wasn’t there as a young man. I didn’t know absolutely. I didn’t have that calling.
You said you took a vow of silence, you kept to yourself, and that’s sort of extended in the way the character appears onscreen. He doesn’t have a lot of dialogue for much of the movie. Is it difficult to act the character without saying much?
Yeah. Look, I couldn’t pretend to be Jesus. That would be terrible of me. But what I could do was I could be quiet, I could put my ego aside and not pretend, and also not talk about it and not (air quotes) act about it, but try to contemplate love and what that is, and to be in the presence of that and that’s really all I did. It’s simple – not easy, but it is a simple task. Not an easy one. Try contemplating love for hours a day. It’s beautiful. It’s an amazing thing to do.
And difficult to do with the real world intruding.
Oh, we’ve got so many things we have to do, you know? The kids, the wife, the job, the taxes, you know…we have so many things we have to do. The career. Everything we have to do in our lives, how many hours a day do we spend contemplating love, honestly? And I was blessed to have the opportunity that was my job.
Before we go, do you have a favorite cinematic Jesus from previous films that you really admired?
Well, I think, you know, it’s impossible to go past Jim Caviezel’s (in The Passion of the Christ). That was a beautiful, beautiful representation. And then – I’m blanking now, the British actor with the blue eyes and the curly hair – I was a kid, I forgot his name now. Good question though. I think they’re amazing.
Cliff Curtis Fear The Walking Dead
When Cliff Curtis landed a lead role in four Avatar films, many wondered how he’d be able to keep his role in Fear the Walking Dead.
Turns out he won’t have to – his character appears to have just been killed off.
Curtis has played Travis Manawa for two full seasons of Fear the Walking Dead, but in two-part opening episode of season three, his run seemed to come to an end.
But Manawa didn’t fall victim to a zombie bite. He was shot and fell to his death from a helicopter. On AMC’s Walking Dead blog, Curtis said Manawa – a schoolteacher with Maori heritage – was too much of a good guy to survive a zombie apocalypse.
“He was a good guy, but he was so laboured by his sense of ethics and values and what’s right. Being a good man is not good for you in the apocalypse. It’s kind of a problem in this world,” he said.
“I think one of the themes on the show is that the people are more dangerous than the zombies. The real danger in this world is how distorted humanity becomes when it’s solely focused on survival.
“Morality, values and ethics all go out the window. It’s about how you can survive the next 10 minutes and protect the people that are going to help protect you because you can’t survive alone.”
Fans quickly took to Twitter to voice their disapproval, with some suggesting he could yet return.
Cliff Curtis True Lies
Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Aziz (Art Malik). Harry’s mission is complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is contemplating an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), a used-car salesman who claims he’s a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.
Initial release: 15 July 1994 (USA)
Director: James Cameron
Featured song: Por una Cabeza
Box office: 378.9 million USD
Budget: 100 million USD
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Watch: ‘It defines my purpose’ – Hollywood star Cliff Curtis explains his passion for telling Māori stories
TVNZ-20 Jun 2018
Hollywood star Cliff Curtis may be famous for playing just about every ethnicity under the sun. But it’s his commitment to indigenous storytelling that is seeing him recognised at the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards tonight.
“I make a living doing Hollywood stuff, which is great. But my commitment to Māori storytelling is really what defines my purpose,” Curtis said.
Students from a number of schools gathered at Studio West in Auckland today to hear from the actor and producer, ahead of the awards night.
Curtis was wearing track-pants and jandals, telling the students, “it’s not very razzle-dazzle or fancy, it’s just me.”
He’s set to star in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels.
Last month, director Cameron told 1 NEWS he had asked Curtis to provide advice on how to incorporate an alien ‘haka’ into the new movies that are partly being filmed in New Zealand.
“I get to represent the indigenous story. It’s a very important thing to me,” Curtis said.
“On-screen in Hollywood, I used to be defined by the colour of my skin. I got to play other brown people, that meant that I played latin roles or Middle Eastern roles, any person of colour.
“But my career’s evolved beyond that. Also the business has evolved where roles are not necessarily defined by the colour of skin anymore.
“I can be a leading man, and be brown and be of no particular ethnicity.”
He says it represents a shift in the industry.
“But it’s also a testament to perseverance and determination really.”
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