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Cliff Curtis

Actor [Ngāti Hauiti, Te Arawa]

 Cliff Curtis

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Cliff Curtis

Actor and producer Cliff Curtis alternates acting roles in big budget Hollywood film and TV (where he's forged a reputation as a go-to actor for roles of anything-but-white ethnicity) with producing smaller scale New Zealand projects, including breakout hit Boy. His Kiwi acting parts include Once Were Warriors, River Queen, and award-winning turns in small town tale Jubilee (2000) and acclaimed drama The Dark Horse (2014).

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 don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 Clavius

Clavius

Actor

2014

 Gang Related

Gang Related

Actor

2014

 Once Were Warriors - Where are They Now

Once Were Warriors - Where are They Now

Subject

2014

 The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

Actor
Executive Producer

2014

 The Last Knights

The Last Knights

Actor

2014

 Missing (US TV series)

Missing (US TV series)

Actor

2012

 Body of Proof

Body of Proof

Actor

2011

 Boy

Boy

Producer

2010

 Trauma

Trauma

Actor

2009

 Eagle vs Shark

Eagle vs Shark

Producer

2007

 Sunshine

Sunshine

Actor

2007

 Taua - War Party

Taua - War Party

Executive Producer

2007

 Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

Subject

2006

 Frontseat - Who Can Play Māori

Frontseat - Who Can Play Māori

Subject

2006

 River Queen

River Queen

Actor

2005

 The Speaker

The Speaker

Executive Producer

2005

 Fracture

Fracture

Actor

2004

 Spooked

Spooked

Actor

2004

 Tama Tū

Tama Tū

Producer

2004

 bro'Town

bro'Town

Actor

2004, 2007

 The Audition (short film)

The Audition (short film)

Actor

2002

 Whale Rider

Whale Rider

Actor

2002

 Mataku

Mataku

Director

2001 - 2005

 Training Day

Training Day

Actor

2001

 Jubilee

Jubilee

Actor

2000

 The Truth about Māori

The Truth about Māori

Subject

2000

 Three Kings

Three Kings

Actor

1999

 Deep Rising

Deep Rising

Actor

1998

 The Chosen

The Chosen

Actor

1998

 Chicken

Chicken

Actor

1996

 City Life

City Life

Actor

1996 - 1998

 City Life - Episode One

City Life - Episode One

Actor

1996

 The Game of Our Lives

The Game of Our Lives

Readings

1996

 The Game of Our Lives - Home and Away

The Game of Our Lives - Home and Away

Readings

1996

 Mananui

Mananui

Actor

1995

 Overnight

Overnight

Actor

1995

 Nga Puna: Kahu and Maia

Nga Puna: Kahu and Maia

Actor

1994

 Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

Actor

1994

 Desperate Remedies

Desperate Remedies

Actor

1993

 The Piano

The Piano

Actor

1993

 Undercover

Undercover

Actor

1991


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Awards

2014 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (The Moas)
Best Actor: for The Dark Horse

2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated (with Ainsley Gardiner, Merata Mita and Emanuel Michael) for Best Chidlren's Feature Film: for Boy

2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated (with Ainsley Gardiner and Taika Waititi) for Best Picture - Over $1 Million: for Eagle vs Shark

2006 New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role - Film: for River Queen

2003 New Zealand Film Awards
Best Supporting Actor: for Whale Rider

2000 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Actor - Film: for Jubilee

1999 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards
Best Actor - Television: for The Chosen

1994 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Film: for Desperate Remedies