Viggo Mortensen

BirthDay:

20 Oct 1958

BirthPlace:

Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.

Bio:

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.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American, and his maternal grandfather was Canadian. His parents met in Norway. They wed and moved to New York, where Viggo Jr. was born, before moving to South America where Viggo Sr. managed chicken farms and ranches in Venezuela and Argentina. Two more sons were born, Charles and Walter, before the marriage grew increasingly unhappy. When Viggo was seven, his parents sent him to a a strict boarding school, isolated in the foothills of the mountains of Argentina. Then, at age eleven, his parents divorced. His mother moved herself and the children back to her home state of New York.

Viggo attended Watertown High School, and became a very good student and athlete. He graduated in 1976 and went on to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. After graduation, he moved to Denmark - driven by the need for a defining purpose in life. He began writing poetry and short stories while working many odd jobs, from dock worker to flower seller. In 1982, he fell in love and followed his girlfriend back to New York City, hoping for a long romance and a writing career. He got neither. In New York, Viggo found work waiting tables and bar tending and began taking acting classes, studying with Warren Robertson. 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.

He made his film debut with a small part in Witness (1985). He appeared in Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today? (1987) and married his co-star, Exene Cervenka. The two had a son, Henry Mortensen. But after nearly eleven years of marriage, the couple divorced.

In 1999, Viggo got a phone call about a movie he did not know anything about: The Lord of the Rings. At first, he didn't want to do it, because it would mean time away from his son. But Henry, a big fan of the books, told his father he shouldn't turn down the role. Viggo accepted the part and immediately began work on the project, which was already underway. Eventually, the success of Lord of the Rings made him a household name - a difficult consequence for the ever private and introspective Viggo.

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's The Indian Runner (1991), Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993), Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane (1997), Tony Scott's Crimson Tide (1995), Andrew Davis's A Perfect Murder (1998), Ray Loriga's La pistola de mi hermano (1997), and Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon (1999).

Mortensen is also an accomplished poet, photographer and painter.
Filmography

Actor ( 120 credits )

Jason Bourne (2016) (rumored)
Captain Fantastic (2016) Ben
Tria33 (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Far from Men (2014) Daru
Jauja (2014) Gunnar Dinesen
The Two Faces of January (2014) Chester MacFarland
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Àrtic (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Everybody Has a Plan (2012) Agustín / Pedro
On the Road (2012) Old Bull Lee / William S. Burroughs
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
A Dangerous Method (2011) Sigmund Freud
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Aragorn (1 episode, 2011)
Mi reino por un caballo (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Wild Horses and Renegades (2010) Speaker
The People Speak (2009) Himself
The Road (2009) Man
Reclaiming the Blade (2009) Himself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Good (2008) Halder
Appaloosa (2008) Everett Hitch
Q with Jian Ghomeshi (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Slacker Uprising (2007) Himself
Save the American Wild Horse (2007) Himself - Host
Eastern Promises (2007) Nikolai
El blog de Cayetana (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Eddie 'Tex' Sawyer (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006) Diego Alatriste
Too Commercial for Cannes (2006) Himself
The Pikme-Up (2006)
A History of Violence (2005) Tom Stall
As Smart As They Are: The Author Project (2005) Himself
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005) Himself
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Noche Hache (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Dagens Danmark (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Cheshmane John Malkovich 1: Viggo Mortensen (2004) Himself (archive footage)
Ringens disipler (2004)
Hidalgo (2004) Frank Hopkins
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2011)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Aragorn
4Pop (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Filmland (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Aragorn
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Silenci? (2002)  Juanito (uncredited) (1 episode, 2005)
Frids film (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Go' aften Danmark (2002)  Himself - Actor / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
Telefé noticias a las 19 (2002)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Aragorn
Orientations: Chris Doyle - Stirred But Not Shaken (2001) Himself
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2004)
+ de cinéma (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
28 Days (2000) Eddie Boone
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
A Walk on the Moon (1999) Walker Jerome
Psycho (1998) Sam Loomis
A Perfect Murder (1998) David Shaw
Tout le monde en parle (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Susana Giménez (1998)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
God kveld Norge (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Versión española (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
El informal (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
La pistola de mi hermano (1997) Juanito
G.I. Jane (1997) Master Chief John James Urgayle
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Caspar Goodwood
Daylight (1996) Roy Nord
Albino Alligator (1996) Guy Foucard
Magacine (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
Continuarà... (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Sen kväll med Luuk (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Go' morgen Danmark (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Gimlet (1995) Hombre (Man)
The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) Clay
The Prophecy (1995) Lucifer
Black Velvet Pantsuit (1995) Worthless Junkie
Crimson Tide (1995) Lt. Peter 'Weps' Ince
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Caiga quien caiga - CQC (1995)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2012)
Today Tonight (1995)  Aragorn (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Lo + plus (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Gospel According to Harry (1994) Wes
Floundering (1994) Homeless Man
The Crew (1994) Phillip
American Yakuza (1993) Nick Davis / David Brandt
Carlito's Way (1993) Lalin
The Young Americans (1993) Carl Frazer
Boiling Point (1993) Ronnie
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2004-2012)
Ruby Cairo (1992) John E. 'Johnny' Faro
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2005)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1998-2010)
The Indian Runner (1991) Frank Roberts
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (6 episodes, 2009-2014)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
The Reflecting Skin (1990) Cameron Dove
Young Guns II (1990) John W. Poe
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) Eddie 'Tex' Sawyer
Tripwire (1989) Hans
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Fresh Horses (1988) Green
Prison (1987) Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today? (1987) Jerome Stample
Witness (1985) Moses Hochleitner
Miami Vice (1984)  Detective Eddie Trumbull (1 episode, 1987)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (8 episodes, 2007-2014)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)  Tim (1 episode, 1985)
Search for Tomorrow (1951)  Bragg (1985) (unknown episodes)

Producer ( 3 credits )

Far from Men (2014) co-producer
Jauja (2014) producer
Everybody Has a Plan (2012) producer