Oct. 20th, 1958
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- A skilled horseman, he did all his own stunts in Hidalgo, including a breakneck bareback ride that even the stuntman couldn't handle.
- Ranked #10 on VH1's Hottest Hotties.
- Has dual citizenship, American and Danish, as his father is a Danish citizen and his mother American.
- Broke two toes during the filming of _The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)_ (qv), in the scene where he kicks an Orc helmet.
- Is a big fan of the New York Mets and the Montreal Canadiens. When filming _A History of Violence (2005)_ (qv), he showed up on the Toronto set wearing a Canadiens' jersey.
- Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
- He became good friends with the close-knit stunt men on the "Lord of the Rings" films, but they were wary of doing fight scenes with him because, carried away with the intensity of his character Aragorn, he would frequently "really go at them" and leave the other combatants in bruises. Massive actor 'Lawrence Makoare' (qv), playing Lurtz under heaps of make-up which restricted his vision, also got carried away during their fight scene at the conclusion of _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv) and, for once, Mortensen was left more bruised than the other actor.
- Has two younger brothers, Walter and Charles. They are both geologists.