Viggo Mortensen

Poet, Photographer, Artist
Getting his start in forgettable grade-B movies and so-called "other man" roles, actor Viggo Mortensen made a slow, steady climb up the ranks to become one of Hollywood's most reliable and in-demand talents. Though he ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1958 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Captain Fantastic 2016 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Real Time with Bill Maher 2016 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Jauja 2015 (Movie)

Capitan Dinesen (Actor)

Desert Lunch 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Two Faces of January 2014 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

Untitled (Lisandro Alonso Drama) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Everybody Has a Plan 2013 (Movie)

Agustín/Pedro (Actor)

Loin Des Hommes 2013 (Movie)

Daru (Actor)

On the Road 2012 (Movie)

Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007, 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Dangerous Method 2011 (Movie)

Sigmund Freud (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road 2009 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Everett Hitch (Actor)

Good 2008 (Movie)

John Halder (Actor)

Reclaiming the Blade 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eastern Promises 2007 (Movie)

Nikolai Luzhin (Actor)

Alatriste 2006 (Movie)

Diego Alatriste (Actor)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

A History of Violence 2005 (Movie)

Tom Stall (Actor)

Hidalgo 2004 (Movie)

Frank T Hopkins (Actor)

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Aragorn (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Aragorn (Actor)

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

Eddie Boone (Actor)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

Walker Jerome (Actor)

A Perfect Murder 1998 (Movie)

David Shaw (Actor)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Sam Loomis (Actor)

Albino Alligator 1997 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

G.I. Jane 1997 (Movie)

Master Chief John Urgayle (Actor)

Vanishing Point 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

Roy Nord (Actor)

La Pistola de mi Hermano 1996 (Movie)

Juanito (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Caspar Goodwood (Actor)

Crimson Tide 1995 (Movie)

Weps (Actor)

The Prophecy 1995 (Movie)

Lucifer (Actor)

American Yakuza 1994 (Movie)

Nick Davis (Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

Homeless Man (Actor)

Oh, What a Day! 1914 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Passion of Darkly Noon 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Lalin (Actor)

Deception 1993 (Movie)

Johnny Faro (Actor)

The Crew 1993 (Movie)

Phillip (Actor)

The Young Americans 1993 (Movie)

Carl Fraser (Actor)

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

Frank Roberts (Actor)

The Reflecting Skin 1991 (Movie)

Cameron Dove (Actor)

Tripwire 1990 (Movie)

Hans (Actor)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

John W Poe (Actor)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

Viggo Mortensen (Actor)

Fresh Horses 1988 (Movie)

Green (Actor)

Prison 1988 (Movie)

Connie Burke (Actor)

High School Narc 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Salvation! Have You Said Your Prayers Today? 1986 (Movie)

Jerome Stample (Actor)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

Moses Hochleitner (Actor)

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

Captain Fantastic 2016 (Movie)

("El Hilo De Ariadna") (Song)

Captain Fantastic 2016 (Movie)

("El Hilo De Ariadna") (Song Performer)

Jauja 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Featured Soloist (Soloist)
Producer (3)

Jauja 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Untitled (Lisandro Alonso Drama) 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Loin Des Hommes 2013 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Other (1)

A Perfect Murder 1998 (Movie)

David Shaw's artwork (Other)

Biography

Getting his start in forgettable grade-B movies and so-called "other man" roles, actor Viggo Mortensen made a slow, steady climb up the ranks to become one of Hollywood's most reliable and in-demand talents. Though he had little trouble finding work, Mortensen spent a good deal of time looking for that one breakthrough that would catapult his career. That springboard came with a leading role in the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03), in which he played a heroic, but displaced king in a fictional land beset by evil. Because of his being a central character in one of the biggest, most beloved trilogies in cinema history, Mortensen had a wealth of opportunities open up to him, including the critically acclaimed and award-nominated "History of Violence" (2005). Exceedingly humble about success and uncharacteristically un-Hollywood, Mortensen managed to stay somewhat reclusive and focused on other interests outside of acting, namely painting and writing poetry, despite becoming one of the most recognizable stars in the world.

Relationships

Exene Cervenka Song

Wife
Met while filming "Salvation!" (1987) Married July 8, 1987 Divorced March 13, 1998

Josie D'Arby Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2003-04 She accompanied him at the premiere of "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003)

Henry Blake Mortensen Actor

Son
Born Jan. 28, 1988; mother, Exene Cervenka

Viggo Mortensen

Father
Danish Divorced Viggo's mother 1969; lived with son in Copenhagen, Denmark after divorce

Grace Mortensen

Mother
American Divorced Viggo's father 1969

Charles Mortensen

Brother
Younger

Walter Mortensen

Brother
Younger

Lola Schnabel Actor

Companion
Dated c. 2001-02 No longer together

EDUCATION

St. Lawrence University

Canton , New York
Granted an honorary doctorate after he appeared in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy

Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop

New York , New York
Attended for two years

Watertown High School

Watertown , Connecticut

Milestones

2012

Portrayed Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs in feature adaptation of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac

2011

Cast as Sigmund Freud opposite Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"

2009

Cast as the Man in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel "The Road"

2008

Co-starred with Ed Harris in the Western "Appaloosa"; also directed and co-scripted by Harris

2008

Portrayed a German literary professor in the 1930s, who is enlisted in the Nazi party in "Good"

2007

Re-teamed with "A History of Violence" director David Cronenberg for the Russian mob-themed "Eastern Promises"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor

2006

Starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in "Alatriste," a Spanish film based on the series of novels written by Arturo Perez-Reverte

2005

Plays a nice family man in a small town who gets in touch with a not-so-nice side of himself in David Cronenberg's "The History of Violence"

2004

Cast as frontiersman Jim Bowie in the historical drama "The Alamo"

2004

Starred as Frank T. Hopkins, one of the greatest long-distance endurance horse riders, in "Hidalgo"

2003

Again starred as Aragorn in the third and final installment "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002

Reprised role of Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"

2001

Played the dashing and heroic Aragorn in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkein classic "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

2000

Starred opposite Sandra Bullock as a star baseball pitcher in recovery in the rehab-set comedy-drama "28 Days"

1999

Played a charming traveling salesman who seduces a frustrated housewife on vacation in the Catskills in Tony Goldwyn's directorial debut "A Walk on the Moon"

1998

With Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, formed the third leg of the triangular romance in "A Perfect Murder"; also provided the original art used in the film

1998

Co-starred as Sam Loomis, Marion Crane's boyfriend, in Gus Van Sant's remake of "Psycho"

1997

Starred in the Fox TV-movie remake of the 1970 action-thriller "Vanishing Point"

1997

Delivered strong performance opposite Demi Moore in Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane"

1996

Appeared as one of the suitors of Isabel Archer in "Portrait of the Lady"

1996

Appeared in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle "Daylight"

1995

Appeared as the weapons officer in Tony Scott's suspense thriller "Crimson Tide"

1995

Played Lucifer in Gregory Widen's eerie supernatural feature "The Prophecy"

1995

Played an FBI agent sent to infiltrate the Japanese crime organization Yakuza in the independent actioner "American Yakuza"

1994

Starred in the darkly comic thriller "The Crew"

1994

Made a cameo with former wife Exene Cervenka as a homeless couple in the quirky comedy "Floundering"

1993

Cast as a wheelchair-bound snitch in "Carlito's Way"

1991

Portrayed David Morse's violent tempered brother with a remarkable turn in Sean Penn's powerful directorial debut "The Indian Runner"

1991

Delivered impressive starring performance in "The Reflecting Skin"

1990

Featured in the unimpressive horror sequel "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III" and the slightly better faring Western sequel "Young Guns II"

1988

Appeared in "Let's Get Lost" the documentary biopic of jazz musician Chet Baker

1988

First leading role in a feature, Renny Harlin's suspenseful "Prison"

1987

Acted in the quirky, progressive music-infused comedy "Salvation!"; met future wife, X singer Exene Cervenka

1985

Feature acting debut, "Witness" playing the brother of Alexander Godunov

1985

Acted in the ABC Afterschool Special "High School Narc"

1984

Played first major TV role in the CBS historical miniseries, "George Washington" (CBS)

1984

Had roles in "Swing Shift" (1984) and "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985); both cut before release of film

1968

Relocated from Argentina to Denmark

Moved to Los Angeles after studying at Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop

Began acting career in NYC

Lived in South America from age two to age ten

Bonus Trivia

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His first name was pronounced "VEE-go."

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Mortensen on filmed love scenes: "It's always strange when you're lying there in bed naked with someone you don't know very well. In my opinion, actors who say that is an unpleasant thing are all full of s***." Mortensen quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, May 31, 1998

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Mortensen on the culture shock of returning to the United States after living for years in South America: "I was 11 when we moved back to the States. I couldn't believe the swear words, the slang, the music, all the kids were into Blue Oyster Cult and Grand Funk Railroad. I was a closet Carpenters fan. I'd sing "Top of the World" to myself on the way to school, but when I got close to campus I'd shut up." - Mortensen quoted to Movieline, August 1998

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