Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis at the New York premiere of The Last Airbender

Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor who has had major roles in film, including The Piano, Whale Rider, and Blow. One of nine children, he was born in Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, and is the son of an amateur dancer.[1] Curtis is of Māori descent and his tribal affiliations are Te Arawa and Ngati Hauiti.[2]However, he on film portrayed a range of ethnicities, including Latin American and Arab characters.


  1. Haines, Leah (12 February 2006). Cliff Curtis, the megastar with a mortgage. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved on September 24, 2011.
  2. "Don't cry for me, Waititi" says Pita Sharples. Scoop (2007-01-25). Retrieved on December 3, 2011.

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