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CLIFF CURTIS is one of New Zealand's most successful acting talents, having worked with such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, David O. Russell, Frank Darabont, Jane Campion, Antoine Fuqua, Darren Aronofsky, and Niki Caro.

Curtis is most recognizable from his role opposite Academy Award®-nominated Keisha Castle Hughes in Niki Caro's WHALE RIDER. Among his films are TRAINING DAY with Denzel Washington, THE INSIDER, with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe and THE FOUNTAIN, directed by Darren Aronofsky. His first film was the Academy Award®-winning THE PIANO.

Among Curtis' other films are BLOW with Johnny Depp and directed by Ted Demme, THREE KINGS directed by David O. Russell, RUNAWAY JURY with John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD directed by Martin Scorsese, VIRUS with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland, Ivan Reitman's SIX DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS and THE MAJESTIC, directed by Frank Darabont. He was most recently seen in Gregory Hoblit's FRACTURE, Vincent Ward's RIVER QUEEN, with Samantha Morton and Kiefer Sutherland. Curtis stars in Roland Emmerich's forthcoming 10,000 B.C. with Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, and Omar Sharif, LIVE FREE DIE HARD opposite Bruce Willis and is currently shooting CROSSING OVER, directed by Wayne Kramer and starring Sean Penn, Harrison Ford and Ray Liotta.

Curtis received a New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in DESPERATE REMEDIES the same year he received a New Zealand Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 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 USA Network's Emmy® nominated mini-series Traffic.

In addition to his many film credits, Curtis has worked extensively in New Zealand theatre. He 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.

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