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


Actor (62)

Captain Fantastic 2016 (Movie)

Ben Cash (Actor)

Jauja 2015 (Movie)

Capitan Dinesen (Actor)

Desert Lunch 2014 (Movie)


Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)


Untitled (Lisandro Alonso Drama) 2014 (Movie)


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)


A Dangerous Method 2011 (Movie)

Sigmund Freud (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


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)


The People Speak 2008 (Movie)


Eastern Promises 2007 (Movie)

Nikolai Luzhin (Actor)

Alatriste 2006 (Movie)

Diego Alatriste (Actor)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)


A History of Violence 2005 (Movie)

Tom Stall (Actor)

Hidalgo 2004 (Movie)

Frank T Hopkins (Actor)

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)


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)


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)


The Passion of Darkly Noon 1994 (Movie)


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)


Fresh Horses 1988 (Movie)

Green (Actor)

Prison 1988 (Movie)

Connie Burke (Actor)

High School Narc 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


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

Jerome Stample (Actor)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

Moses Hochleitner (Actor)

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer (3)

Jauja 2015 (Movie)


Untitled (Lisandro Alonso Drama) 2014 (Movie)


Loin Des Hommes 2013 (Movie)

Music (2)

Jauja 2015 (Movie)


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

Featured Soloist (Soloist)
Other (1)

A Perfect Murder 1998 (Movie)

David Shaw's artwork (Other)


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.


Exene Cervenka Song

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

Josie D'Arby Actor

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

Born Jan. 28, 1988; mother, Exene Cervenka

Viggo Mortensen

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

Grace Mortensen

American Divorced Viggo's father 1969

Charles Mortensen


Walter Mortensen


Lola Schnabel Actor

Dated c. 2001-02 No longer together


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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


Appeared in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle "Daylight"


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


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


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


Starred in the darkly comic thriller "The Crew"


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


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


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


Delivered impressive starring performance in "The Reflecting Skin"


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


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


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


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


Acted in the ABC Afterschool Special "High School Narc"


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


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


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


Relocated from Argentina to Denmark

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

Lived in South America from age two to age ten

Began acting career in NYC

Bonus Trivia


His first name was pronounced "VEE-go."


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


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