Cliff Curtis is a successful film and television actor with a varied body of work encompassing a wide range of compelling performances spanning more than two decades.
He currently stars in AMC’s wildly-popular “Fear the Walking Dead.” The show premiered on August 23, 2015, and was the most watched series premiere in cable TV history. Set in Los Angeles, Curtis plays English teacher Travis Manawa, who struggles to keep his family together during the onset of a zombie apocalypse.
In January, Curtis will star in the Sony feature, Risen, the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, opposite Joseph Fiennes.
Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, New Zealand and is of Maori descent. He attended the New Zealand Drama School, and then the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland. After returning to New Zealand from Europe, his first ever role was in the Academy Award-winning film, The Piano. Subsequent roles in New Zealand include: the camp melodrama Desperate Remedies; the grueling urban drama Once Were Warriors; and the lighthearted comedy Jubilee.
In Hollywood, Curtis has played an array of diverse roles and ethnicities ranging from a Colombian in Blow opposite Johnny Depp, an Arab in Three Kings opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, and a Latino in Training Day opposite Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Other film credits include: The Insider alongside Al Pacino and Russell Crowe; Runaway Jury alongside John Cusack; Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead; Danny Boyle’s Sunshine; and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Curtis also played the role of Paikea's father, Porourangi, in Whale Rider.
In 2007, Curtis turned his hand to producing and among his credits are Taika Waititi’s debut feature, the geek comedy Eagle vs Shark starring Jermaine Clement, and later another Waititi feature, Boy, which became the highest-grossing local film in New Zealand history.
On television, Curtis appeared in FOX’s “Gang Related” as Javier Acosta and as FBI Agent Dax Miller on ABC’s “Missing.”