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CLIFF CURTIS (Bowman) is one of New Zealand's most successful acting
talents, having worked with such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann,
David O. Russell, Danny Boyle, Frank Darabont, Jane Campion, Antoine Fuqua, Darren
Aronofsky, and Niki Caro.
Curtis is most recognizable from his role opposite Academy AwardÂ®-nominated
Keisha Castle Hughes in the Whale Rider. He appeared in the Oscar-winning films
Training Day, with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke; The Insider, with Al Pacino
and Russell Crowe; and The Piano, with Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin and Harvey Keitel,
which was Curtis' film debut.
Among Curtis' other films are Blow with Johnny Depp, directed by Ted Demme;
Three Kings directed by David O. Russell with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice
Cube; Runaway Jury with John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman; Bringing
out the Dead directed by Martin Scorsese with Nicolas Cage; Virus, with Jamie Lee
Curtis and Donald Sutherland; Ivan Reitman's 6 Days/7 Nights with Harrison Ford.
He can also be seen in River Queen, with Samantha Morton and Kiefer
Sutherland; The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky with Hugh Jackman and Rachel
Weisz; Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle with Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans; and
Fracture, directed by Gregory Hoblit with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.
Curtis received a New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his
work in Desperate Remedies the same year that he received a New Zealand Film Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the film Once Were Warriors, directed by Lee
Tamahori. He also starred in South Pacific Pictures' feature film Jubilee, which earned
him a New Zealand Best Actor Award. He starred in Overnight, for which he received a
New Zealand Television Award nomination for Best Actor. Curtis worked with Director
Stephen Hopkins on the Emmy nominated mini-series, Traffic.
In addition to his many film credits, Curtis has worked extensively in New
Zealand theatre. Curtis trained 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, Happy End, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of
La Mancha and Porgy and Bess.
Recently, Curtis wrapped principal photography on 10,000 B.C., directed by
Roland Emmerich with Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, and Omar Sharif.
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