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One Of Hollywood's Most Sought-After "Latino" Character Actors Is From New Zealand

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This is Cliff Curtis.

He's a talented actor who was recently cast as the lead in a yet-to-be-titled Walking Dead spinoff series. Curtis will play Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher who is raising a son with his ex-wife. The character's surname, Cabrera, is Spanish, so Curtis will presumably be playing a Latino. Curtis, a New Zealander of Maori descent, is no stranger to Latino roles. He's done it so often — and so well — throughout his two-decade career that some people mistakenly believe he's Latino. Roles such as...
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He's a talented actor who was recently cast as the lead in a yet-to-be-titled Walking Dead spinoff series. Curtis will play Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher who is raising a son with his ex-wife. The character's surname, Cabrera, is Spanish, so Curtis will presumably be playing a Latino.

Curtis, a New Zealander of Maori descent, is no stranger to Latino roles. He's done it so often — and so well — throughout his two-decade career that some people mistakenly believe he's Latino. Roles such as...

Los Angeles gang member Smiley in Training Day

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Marine Veteran Frank Herrera in Runaway Jury

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Colombian terrorist Claudio Perrini in Collateral Damage

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Detective Flores in Fracture

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Emilio Restrepo in Colombiana

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Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Blow

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Los Angelicos leader Javier Acosta in Gang Related

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FBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman in Live Free or Die Hard

Hey, his name is Miguel – close enough.
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Hey, his name is Miguel – close enough.

Curtis says he understands the responsibility that comes with playing a different ethnicity.

He recently told Slate: "I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster. I’m not fooling around. I don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own."
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He recently told Slate: "I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster. I’m not fooling around. I don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own."

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