About Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis
Name: Cliff Curtis
Iwi (Tribe/Tribal Affiliations) : Ngati Hauiti, Te Arawa
Whanau (Family): Eight brothers and sisters
Interesting Facts: He learned Mau Rakau on Mokoia Island taught by Mita Mohi. He was brought up in Matata, a small Bay of Plenty town twenty minutes out of Whakatane
International film star Cliff Curtis was born in a small Bay of Plenty town in New Zealand called Rotorua on 27th of July 1968 and attended Western Heights High School. He worked for four years as a builder and glazier before breaking into the world of television and film. Cliff Curtis was trained at the New England Drama School during 1988-89 before appearing in "The Piano" in 1993, followed by "Desperate Remedies", a performance that won him a 1994 Best Supporting Actor in Film award.
Cliff Curtis has also appeared in a wide range of stage and television productions including "The Chosen" in 1999 for which he received a winner's award for Best Actor at the TV Guide NZ Television Awards. Costumes, girls
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Curtis began performing as a youngster, influenced by his father, an amateur dancer. He sang and danced in a variety of venues and dabbled in choreography. He was twice voted his country's amateur rock 'n roll champion.
The actor's interest in serious theatre - particularly the relationship between Maori and Greek myths - took him to Switzerland's Teatro Dimitri Scuola for study. His earlystage appearances include such classics as MacBeth, The Cherry Orchard and Porgy and Bess.