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A THOUSAND WORDS

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, Danny Boyle, Frank Darabont, Jane Campion, Antoine Fuqua, Darren Aronofsky, Wayne Kramer, Roland Emmerich and Niki Caro.  

Curtis has played a diverse range of characters including his role opposite Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle Hughes in the "Whale Rider.”  He has also appeared in the Academy Award-winning films "Training Day” with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, "The Insider” with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe, and his very first film, "The Piano,” with Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin and Harvey Keitel.

Among Curtis' other films are "Columbiana” with Zoe Saldana, "10,000 B.C.,” "Push” with Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning, "Sunshine,” "Die Hard 4: Live Free or Die Hard” opposite Bruce Willis, "Fracture” with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, "Blow” with Johnny Depp, "Three Kings” with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender” with Dev Patel. He will next be co-starring in the yet to be released "A Thousand Words” with Eddie Murphy.

Curtis worked with director Stephen Hopkins on the Emmy-nominated miniseries "Traffic." He also starred as the daredevil flight medic Reuben "Rabbit” Palchuk on "Trauma” and recently recurred as the love-interest to Dana Delany on ABC's "Body of Proof.” He can next be seen starring alongside Ashley Judd in the ABC drama, "Missing,” which premieres March of 2012.  

Among his numerous accolades in his native New Zealand, Curtis received a New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Desperate Remedies,” the same year that he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film "Once Were Warriors," directed by Lee Tamahori.  He also starred in "Jubilee" which earned him a New Zealand Best Actor Award and "Overnight," for which he received a New Zealand Television Award nod for Best Actor. 

Curtis has also 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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