CLIFF CURTIS (Smiley), renowned for his indelible array of chameloen-like and multi-cultural characterizations, has appeared in many acclaimed films in his native New Zealand. Among these projects are the Academy Award-winning film The Piano, with Holly Hunter and Harvey
Keitel; Desperate Remedies, for which he received a New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor; Rapa Nui, produced by Kevin
Costner; Kahu & Maia, directed by David Blythe, and the film Once Were Warriors, directed by Lee
Tamahori, for which Curtis received a New Zealand Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Most recently. Curtis starred in the New Zealand production Jubilee, for which he won the New Zealand Film Award for Best Actor.
Among his other numerous film credits are Ted Demme's epic tale of the U.S. cocaine trade Blow,
in which he starred with Johnny Depp; Deep Rising, directed by Stephen
Sommers; Virus, with Jamie Lee
Curtis and Donald Sutherland; Ivan Reitman's Six Days Seven Nights; Michael Mann's The Insider, with Al
Pacino; Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead; and the acclaimed Warner Bros. Pictures feature Three
Kings, with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. His forthcoming projects include Frank Darabont's The
Majestic and Andrew Davis's Collateral Damage.
In addition to his film credits, Curtis has worked extensively in New Zealand television. He starred in the television Movie of the Week Undercover, and the miniseries The Chosen, for which he received the New Zealand Television Award for Best Actor, as well as Movie of the Week
Overnight, for which he received a New Zealand Television Award nomination for Best Actor.
Curtis spent a year training at the New Zealand Drama School before attending the prestigious Teatro Dimitri Scoula in Switzerland. His stage credits include "Macbeth," "The Cherry Orchard," "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Porgy and
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