Who is Cliff Curtis?

Cliff Curtis is a New Zealand actor who is well-known for playing the role of the real-life speed chess player, Genesis Wayne Photini in the 2014 New Zealand drama movie, ‘The Dark Horse’. He has also played the role of the notorious Colombian drug lord and narco-terrorist, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria in the 2001 American biographical crime movie, ‘Blow’. He is also the owner of the New Zealand-based production company, Whenua Films.

Quick Info
Full NameClifford Vivian Devon Curtis
Date of BirthJuly 27, 1968
Birth PlaceRotorua, New Zealand
Parent(s)Mãori Descent
NationaltyNew Zealand
SpouseName Not Known
Net worth US $3 million


Cliff Curtis’s full name is Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis. He was down to earth on 27 July 1968 in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand to parents of Mãori descent. Sadly, his mom deceased away when he was just three years old and his father, George was an alcoholic. He stopped up as a ward of the state along with seven other siblings. Apart from this, Cliff Curtis is currently 52 years old with the zodiac sign of Leo.

Cliff Curtis

Nationality, Physical Stats, and Height

Cliff Curtis holds a New Zealand nationality and belongs to Mãori, English, Irish, Swedish and French ethnicity. He is a Roman Catholic and follows Christianity as his primary religion. Besides this, he stands at a height of 6 feet (1.84m/184cms) and weighs around 81kgs (180lbs). Moreover, Cliff Curtis has a slim body build with a pair of dark brown colored eyes and brown-black colored hair.



Cliff Curtis completed his secondary education from the Edmund Rice College, a secondary school located in Rotorua, New Zealand.


Personal Life

Cliff Curtis keeps his personal life very private to himself. It is known that he was married in the year 2009 and currently is a father of three children but his wife’s name is not known.



Cliff Curtis is not so active on social media platforms.

Cliff Curtis

Career and Tattoos


Cliff Curtis gave his debut performance with the roles of Mana and Fraser in the 1993 movies, ‘The Piano’ and ‘Desperate Remedies’. Following these roles, he went on to star in movies like ‘Kahu and Maia’, ‘Once Were Warriors’ and ‘Rapa Nui’ in the year 1994, ‘Chicken’ and ‘Mananui’ in 1996, ‘Deep Rising’ and ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ in 1998, ‘Virus’, ‘Three Kings’, ‘Bringing Out the Dead’ and ‘The Insider’ in 1999, ‘Jubilee’, ‘Blow’, ‘Training Day’ and ‘The Majestic’ in 2001, ‘Collateral Damage’ and ‘Whale Rider’ in 2002.

Moreover, He has shown up in the cinemas like  ‘Runaway Jury’ in 2003, ‘Fracture’, ‘Spooked’ and ‘Heinous Crime’ in 2004, ‘The Pool’ and ‘River Queen’ in the year 2005, ‘The Fountain’ in 2006, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Fracture’ and ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ in the year 2007, ’10,000 BC’ in the year 2008, ‘Push’ and ‘Crossing Over’ in the year 2009, ‘The Last Airbender’ in the year 2010, ‘Colombiana’ in the year 2011, ‘A Thousand Words’ in the year 2012, ‘The Dark Horse’ in 2014, ‘Last Knights’ in 2015, ‘Risen’ in the year 2016, ‘The Meg’ in the year 2018 and ‘Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw’ and ‘Doctor Sleep’ in the year 2019.

Moreover, he is also playing in the upcoming movies, ‘Reminiscence’ and ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘Avatar 3’ where he is playing the role of Tonowari.

Cliff Curtis


Cliff Curtis made his debut on television when he played the roles of zipping and Nessus in the television movies, ‘Under Cover’ in the year 1991 and ‘Hercules in the Underworld’ in the year 1994. Likewise, he has also played the roles of Father There and Mike Camello in the television movies, ‘The Chosen’ in the year 1998 and ‘Point of Origin’ in the year 2002.

Moreover, he has also appeared for two episodes each in series like ‘Mysterious Island’ in 1995 and ‘Body of Proof’ in 2011, three episodes of ‘Traffic’ in 2004 and ‘Talking Dead’ in 2016, four episodes of ‘City Life’ in 1996, 10 episodes of ‘Missing’ in 2012, 13 episodes of ‘Gang Related’ in 2014, 20 episodes of ’Trauma’ in 2009 and 21 episodes of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ in 2015.



Cliff Curtis has won the Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ Best Performance by an Actor award, New Zealand Film and TV Awards’ Best Actor award, and Seattle International Film Festival Awards’ Best Actor award for his work in ‘The Dark Horse’ in the years 2014 and 2015. Likewise, he has also won an additional two New Zealand Film and TV Awards’ Best Actor award for his work in ‘Desperate Remedies’ in 1994 and ‘Jubilee’ in the year 2000.


Net Worth

As of the year 2021, Cliff Curtis has a calculated net worth of $3 million.