Cliff Curtis: Age, Ethnicity, Movies, Career, And All

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Cliff Curtis

One of the most interesting things about the acting industry is that it welcomes everyone no matter your orientation or background. But whether you will turn out to be a hit depends on a lot of things. For Cliff Curtis, he came from the dance floor, from some Island on the Tasman Sea, and made acting his career. Here is everything you need to know about him.

Cliff Curtis: Age, ethnicity and early life

Cliff Curtis was born on 27 July 1968 in Rotorua, a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The city is renowned for its beauty, having won most beautiful New Zealand city, blessed with 18 lakes, three major rivers, densed forest, and mounting biking trails. Cliff’s father made a living as a dancer. Cliff Curtis s of Māori descent. His ethnicity is that of Te Arawa and Ngāti Hauiti.

He had a troubled childhood as he lost his mother to a tragic car accident when he was just three years old. His father raised him and his seven siblings together, occasionally throwing punches as he mourned his late wife in a difficult manner. Cliff was sent to live with one of his aunts as a child but it was hell.

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He learned mau rākau, an ancient Māori form of taiaha fighting. By the time he sneaked into his teenage years, he was already good with the kapa hapa dance. He started dancing in rock roll competitions but he was not dancing away an education opportunity. He attended Edmund Rice College, Rotorua for his secondary school education. After he picked interest in acting, he moved to New Zealand Drama School in Wellington and Teatro Dimitri Scuola in Switzerland to better his craft.

Cliff Curtis is 51 years old.

Cliff Curtis: Movies

Cliff Curti has played various roles in films and television series in New Zealand and Hollywood. His career started on the small screens when he featured in Grade B films in his native country. In order to advance his career just the way he wanted, he joined theater companies in New Zealand, appearing in Shakespearean plays where he polished his acting talent.

He made his motion picture debut in the drama film “The Piano” as Mana in 1993. The same year, casting directors of the drama film “Desperate Remedies” considered his body smokingly hot and he landed the role of Fraser the seducer. He continued to turn heads in the New Zealand film industry as he appeared in various films in the early 90s, mostly in main role capacities.

In television, Cliff Curtis made his first appearance in the ABC drama series “Under Cover” as Zip. In 1996, he appeared as Daniel Freeman in New Zealand’s soap opera “City Life” on TVNZ. His breakout role on TV came in 2009 when he appeared as Reuben “Rabbit” Palchuk on NBC television series “Trauma.” The show tells the story of a group of paramedics in San Francisco. Due to poor ratings, NBC canceled the series after one season.

In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of ABC medical drama series “Body of Proof” as FBI Agent Derek Ames. Cliff also played the role of Fire Lord Ozai (the leader of the Fire Nation) in the American action-fantasy film “The Last Airbender”. The film was a commercial success.

With his breakthrough in Hollywood, his career shone brighter. He landed the role of Travis Manawa, a peacekeeping high school teacher in the AMC post-apocalyptic horror drama series “Fear The Walking Dead”. Currently, Cliff Curtis is in the year 2021 and 2023 as he is shooting the science fiction film “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” respectively.

For his hard work as an actor, he has won three New Zealand Film and TV Awards for his performances in Desperate Remedies, Jubilee, and Whale Rider. Perhaps in order to give back to the community and make some dough, he co-founded the film production company Whenua Films in 2004.


Cliff keeps his private life hidden but his wedding was the talk of the town in 2010. Although not what he wanted, but his in-laws had other plans as they sailed his bride from the Duxton Hotel to the Marae by boat. They had traveled down all the way from Asia with more than 10 bridesmaids and many flower girls.

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Cliff married his wife on New Year’s Eve at a Hatupatu Marae in Tapuaekura, his family’s sacred place on the edge of Lake Rotoiti, near Rotorua. Together with his wife, they have three sons. He has been successful in hiding the name of his wife all these years of marriage.

Cliff Curtis: Net worth

Cliff Curtis is an A-list actor. He might have started his career in amateur productions in New Zealand, now he is frying his onions in Hollywood. The thespian is worth 3 million dollars. Since he is already in 2021 based on the current film he is starring in, his net worth is expected to get a lift as well. We will not be the first to let you know if any change occurs in his financial life.

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