Cliff Curtis can best be described as an accomplished performer with plenty of raw talent. Entertainment pundits will agree that his prime is yet to come, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he were to become an Oscar winner in the future.
The talented actor is of Maori descent but has portrayed diverse ethnic groups such as Mexican-American, Arabic and Latino in his roles. His films include Once Upon a Warriors released in 1994, Blow That Came in 2001, 2002’s Whale Rider and Live Free or Die Hard That Was the Flavor of 2007. Cliff Curtis was also part of the cast of 2014 ‘s The Dark Horse He has played roles in television series such as NBC Trauma and Body of Evidence , and from 2015 to 2017 he worked on the set of ABC’s Missing , Fear the Walking Death– The latter, an AMC horror drama series cast him in the role of Travis Manawa.
Cliff Curtis Biography and Ethnicity
Cliff Curtis was born into a family of 8 children in Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand on July 27, 1968. Although his personal details and those of his family background are not publicly known, we have been able to glean a few tidbits from the available records – his birth name is Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis was born the son of an amateur dancer. His place of birth is an obvious reference to his New Zealand nationality. He spent his formative years in Kapiti Coast where he participated in competitions such as kapa haka, break dancing, rock ‘n’ roll dancing and some theater productions.
Despite being of Maori ethnicity, he is competent in portraying the character of other ethnic groups on set. The actor’s tribal affiliations are Ngāti Hauiti and Te Arawa. In his childhood he learned Taiaha – a traditional Maori fighting technique, which prepared him as a performer in Kapa Haka.
In his education he was a student at Western Heights High School Rotorua where he completed his high school education. He then joined the New Zealand drama school to study acting. In the long run, however, he decided to move to Switzerland, where he joined the Teatro Dmitri Scoula.
Wealth (income and earnings)
A trusted source put his annual salary at $3million, which he earned mostly from his acting career. His salary has never been published, but some online sources have published the range of average salaries of New Zealand actors, which they say range from $45,576 to $67,526 (average is $55,306).
Married life – woman
The identity of Cliff Curtis’ wife is still a mystery because he is known for being strict about keeping his personal information. Despite this, he is known to have celebrated the marriage in late 2009 in a lavish private wedding ceremony at his home.
After the little we could from the sieve, according to records, the bride’s family may be from the Asian continent. They graced the wedding in a 22-seat private jet. Toby Curtis – Cliff’s uncle mentioned that the wedding was mostly a family affair and that it was Cliff’s idea to have it at home and people should try to respect his privacy. The couple have been married for nearly a decade and have been blessed with three children.
More facts about Cliff Curtis
- His Hollywood experience
The actor’s Hollywood exploits include quite a few different roles/ethnicities in films like 2001’s Blow where he was cast as a Colombian, he portrayed the character of an Arab in 1999’s Three Kings, as well as The Insider that came out the same year. 2001 practice day and 2003 breakaway jury saw him play the role of a Latino. His role as a drug dealer in Bringing the Dead to Life (1999) was of ambiguous ethnicity, but he is best known for his role in Whale Rider as Porourangi. Needless to say, he killed every role mentioned above.
- Nominations and Awards
Cliff Curtis has received three New Zealand film and television awards for his roles in Desperate Cures (1995), Jubilee (2000) and Whale Rider (2003). He was recognized as a rock and roll dancer of the 1980s and received several nominations for his acting roles.
- body stats
His height is listed as 6ft which is approximately 1.83m for a reasonable weight of 180lbs. The details of his other body measurements are not known.
Despite being of Maori origin, he has only portrayed the character of a Maori in only two films. He occasionally played the roles of various dark-skinned ethnic groups such as Mexicans, Arabs, Colombians, Chechens and Persians.