Cliff Curtis is also known as Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis and is an English television and film actor. He is best known for his movies like Once Were Warriors,
The Dark Horse
, Whale Rider, and Blow. He has been a part of television series like Body of Proof, and Trauma aired on NBC. He even appeared in the ABC's television series Missing. He is currently a part of horror-drama series on AMC Fear the Walking Dead, in the lead role. He became the Co-owner of the production company Whenua Films along with producer Ainsley Gardiner. He was born in a North Island of New Zealand. His father was a part-time dancer. He had eight more siblings. He learned the tribal form mau rakau in which you have to fight with Maori elder. This improved his ability in the performance of kapa haka. Like his father even, he learned break dancing and used to participate in many rock 'n' roll dance competitions. He went to Western Heights High School for his higher education. He even went to the Teatro Dimitri Scoula which is in Switzerland and the New Zealand Drama School.
He started his career with the theater company Mantis Cooperative and Kapiti Players acting in their productions of musicals Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof. He has even worked with theater groups like Centre Point, Downstage, Bats Theatre, and the Mercury Theatre. He has been a part of stage shows like
of the Golden Weather, The Cherry Orchard, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Serious Money, Happy End, and Porgy and Bess. His first appearance on the big screen was with a small role in the movie The Piano by Jane Campion.
His second appearance was in Once Were Warriors, followed by with Desperate Remedies in which he played the role of a seducer. In 2004, he became the Co-owner of the production company Whenua Films along with producer Ainsley Gardiner. The production house had sponsored many short films in New Zealand. The notable films include Two Cars, One Night, which even received a nomination in 2005 from Academy Award, Hawaiki, and Two Cars. In 2014, he appeared in The Dark Horse, in the lead role of Genesis Potini a chess player and coach. His work in the movie was most appreciated by the critics and the audience. He has worked in various movies like Bringing Out the Dead by
, Three Kings, Blow along with , , Push and Live Free or Die Hard. He has even been a part of various television series like Traum,
The Last Airbender
in which he played the villain, Body of Proof, Fear the Walking Dead and much more. He was last seen in the movie Risen in 2016 playing the character of Yeshua (Jesus Christ). He got married in 2009 and had three children.