Oct. 20th, 1958
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Viggo Mortensen's Main TV 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.
- 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.
- At first, turned down the part of Aragorn of Lord of the Rings. His son convinced him to do the part.
- Is also a jazz musician - he has released three CDs so far.
- For his role in Eastern Promises, he stated that part of his performance was inspired by Russian hockey player Alex Kovalev.
- Got so into his character of Aragorn that director 'Peter Jackson (I)' (qv) once addressed him as Aragorn for over half an hour, and Mortensen didn't even realize it.
- 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.
- Brother of 'Walter Mortensen' (qv).
- 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.