More Viggo Mortensen Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Since his debut as Alexander Godunov's brother in 1985's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by several standout performances. From his role as the weapons officer caught between Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington in Crimson Tide to his work in Sean Penn's Indian Runner, his performances are continuously recognized by critics.
Mortensen was recently seen in A Walk on The Moon opposite Diane Lane and Oscar(R) winner Anna Paquin. Prior to that, he starred in Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho. Other feature credits include A Perfect Murder, with Michael Douglas and Oscar(R) winner Gwyneth Paltrow; G.I. Jane, opposite Demi Moore; Daylight, with Sylvester Stallone; Portrait of a Lady, with Nicole Kidman; and Kevin Spacey's directorial debut, Albino Alligator. Mortensen is currently filming Lord of the Rings.
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 spent several years living in Argentina, Venezuela and Denmark. Mortensen began acting in 1982 after studying at Warren Robertson's Theater Workshop in New York. He appeared in several plays and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where his performance in Bent at the Coast Playhouse earned him a Dramalogue Critics Award.
His additional film credits include Carlito's Way, Young Americans, The Prophecy, Boiling Point and Fresh Horses. Possessed of a skill for mastering foreign languages, he also starred opposite Angela Molina in the Spanish film Gimlet, as well as My Brother's Gun, directed by Ray Loriga.
Adding writer to his list of talents, a book of Mortensen's poetry titled Ten Last Night was recently published through Illuminati Press. Mortensen is also an accomplished photographer and is currently working on another book combining his poetry and photographs.
Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (01-Jan-2000)