Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Oct. 20th, 1958
Born in
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
5' 11"

Viggo Mortensen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Tinseltown TV (UK) TV Show
Tinseltown TV (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Jauja
2014 - The Two Faces of January
2013 - Gospel According to Harry
2012 - On the Road
2012 - On the Road
2011 - A Dangerous Method
2009 - Reclaiming the Blade
2009 - The People Speak
2008 - Appaloosa
2008 - Good
2007 - Eastern Promises
2006 - Alatriste
2005 - A History of Violence
2005 - Ringers - Lord of the Fans
2004 - Hidalgo
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000 - 28 Days
1999 - A Walk on the Moon
1998 - A Perfect Murder
1998 - Psycho
1997 - G.I. Jane
1996 - The Portrait of a Lady
1996 - Daylight
1995 - Crimson Tide
1995 - The Passion of Darkly Noon
1995 - The Prophecy
1994 - Floundering
1993 - American Yakuza
1993 - American Yakuza
1993 - The Young Americans
1993 - Carlito's Way
1991 - The Indian Runner
1990 - The Reflecting Skin
1990 - Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
1990 - Young Guns II
1988 - Fresh Horses
1985 - Witness

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Guest
Detective Eddie Trumbull
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Critics have continually recognized his work in over thirty movies, including such diverse projects as Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Sean Penn (I)'s The Indian Runner (1991), Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993), Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane (1997), Tony Scott (I)'s Crimson Tide (1995), Andrew Davis (I)'s A Perfect Murder (1998), Ray Loriga's La pistola de mi hermano (1997), and Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon (1999).

Born in New York to a Danish father and an American mother, Mortensen spent the early part of his childhood in Manhattan. His family traveled a great deal and he spent several years living in Venezuela, Argentina and Denmark. He began acting in New York, studying with Warren Robertson (I). He appeared in several plays and movies, and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where his performance in "Bent" at the Coast Playhouse earned him a Drama-logue Critic's Award. Mortensen is also an accomplished poet, photographer and painter.

  • Graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 1980 with a degree in Government and Spanish.
  • While working on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he asked writer/director 'Peter Jackson (I)' (qv) to revise scripts so that his character Aragorn would be speaking in the Elvish language in several scenes of all three movies.
  • He received the scar on his upper lip after scratching his face on a barbed wire fence at a Halloween party.
  • Choosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#69) 2007.
  • Owner of publishing company Perceval Press.
  • An accomplished horseman in his spare time, Mortensen requested that his "Rings" character Aragorn be given more saddle time than was originally scripted. He also kept his on-screen horse nearby during the entire principal photography schedule in order to ride in his off-hours and strengthen his relationship with the horse.
  • Worked as a translator for the Swedish hockey team during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and was at the 'miracle' game between the Soviet Union and United States.
  • After his parents divorced when he was eleven, he moved to new York with his mother and two younger brothers.

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