Viggo Mortensen Biography

Birthday: 1958-10-20
Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: 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'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). 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. 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. IMDb Mini Biography By: Grace Z Mini Biography Viggo is the eldest son of Grace and Viggo P. Mortensen. His father, who farmed in Denmark, met his mother, a New Yorker, 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. But, 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. Three years later, he made his film debut with a small part in Witness (1985). Moving to Los Angeles in 1987, 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 didn't 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Witness Moses Hochleitner Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Young Americans Frazer 1967
Witness Moses Hochleitner 1985 Comedy, 0, Biography
A Walk on the Moon Walker Jerome 1987
Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today? Jerome Stample 1987 Comedy
Fresh Horses 1988 0, Biography
Tripwire Hans 1989 Action, Drama, Thriller
Young Guns II John W. Poe 1990
The Reflecting Skin 1990 0, Reality Tv
Boiling Point Ronnie 1990
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Eddie 'Tex' Sawyer 1990 Horror, Thriller
The Indian Runner 1991 Drama
The Young Americans 1993 Crime, Drama
Ruby Cairo John E. 'Johnny' Faro 1993 Mystery, Thriller
American Yakuza Nick Davis / David Brandt 1993 Action, Crime, Drama
The Crew Phillip 1994 Drama, Thriller
The Prophecy Lucifer 1995 Game Show, 0
Crimson Tide Lt. Peter 'Weps' Ince 1995 Action, Drama, Thriller
Black Velvet Pantsuit Worthless Junkie 1995 Fantasy
Prophecy Lucifer 1995 Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
The Passion of Darkly Noon 1996 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Albino Alligator Guy Foucard 1997 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Portrait of a Lady Caspar Goodwood 1997 Drama, Romance
G.I. Jane Master Chief John James Urgayle 1997 Action, Drama
La pistola de mi hermano Juanito 1997 Crime, Drama, Romance
A Perfect Murder David Shaw 1998 Comedy, Game Show, 0
Psycho Sam Loomis 1998 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
28 Days Eddie Boone 2000 Comedy, Drama
Hidalgo Frank Hopkins 2004 Action, Adventure, Drama
Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2005
Cheshmane John Malkovich 1: Viggo Mortensen Himself 2005 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A History of Violence Tom Stall 2005 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Alatriste Diego Alatriste 2006 Adventure, Drama
Eastern Promises Nikolai 2007 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Appaloosa Everett Hitch 2008 Action, Crime, Drama
Good John Halder 2008 Drama, Romance
The Road Man 2009 Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Poe 2011
A Dangerous Method Sigmund Freud 2011 0
Everybody Has a Plan Agustín / Pedro 2012 0
Daylight Roy Nord 2013 0, Game Show
The Two Faces of January Chester MacFarland 2014 Game Show, 0, 0
Untitled Lisandro Alonso Project Gunnar Dinesen 2014 Drama
Loin des hommes Daru 2014 Drama
Captain Fantastic Ben 2016 0, 0