Oct. 20th, 1958
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Viggo Mortensen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- 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.
- In 2003 he visited Denmark and had a booksigning, an art exhibition opening and The Lord of The Rings premiere.
- Ranked #10 on VH1's Hottest Hotties.
- It is well-known that his father is Danish and his mother American, but also his grandmother was from Trondheim, Norway.
- Filmed scenes for _The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)_ (qv), but they were all cut out.
- Choosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#69) 2007.
- Purchased the horses he rode in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and _Hidalgo (2004)_ (qv) after the films were completed.
- Ranked #19 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]