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Cliff Curtis stars as daredevil flight medic Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck on NBC's new ensemble drama series, "Trauma."
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 "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 "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, and "Three Kings" with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. He will next be starring in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" with Dev Patel, and "A Thousand Words" with Eddie Murphy.
Curtis worked with director Stephen Hopkins on USA Network's Emmy-nominated miniseries "Traffic."
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."
The jacked-up flight medic for Angel Rescue 2. Often described as somewhere between genius and madness. This is even more true one year after the worst rescue disaster in San Francisco history, which he miraculously survived.
When it comes to saving people, Rabbit has a never-say-die attitude -- literally. The job is a rush for him, but if you're bleeding out at 5000 feet, you want this guy's skilled hands in your gut. Sure, he oozes bravado to match his talent, but there's a hint of vulnerability in there too... which charms the panties off all the girls. They don't call him "Rabbit" for nothing.