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Viggo Mortensen

Lowest Rated:   0% Fresh Horses (1988)
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Birthplace:   New York City, NY
Critically acclaimed actor Viggo Mortensen made his feature-film debut playing Alexander Godunov's Amish brother in Witness (1985). The suave, handsome actor has subsequently portrayed a wide variety of characters, often unapologetic bad boys, opposite some of Hollywood's most popular actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Demi Moore, and Nicole Kidman.Born in New York City, on October 20, 1958, to an American mother and a Danish father, Mortensen spent his first years in Manhattan and the rest of his youth living in Argentina, Venezuela, and Denmark. Returning to Manhattan in the early '80s, he studied acting at Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop and then embarked upon a stage career before moving to Los Angeles. There, he earned a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in a Coast Playhouse production of Bent and became a familiar figure on the L.A. punk scene (something that was aided by his brief marriage to Exene Cervenka, lead singer of the punk band X). Following his debut in Witness, Mortensen began working steadily in a number of diverse films, becoming a familiar but not instantly recognizable face to filmgoers. He did some of his more memorable work as a series of louts and villains, in such films as The Indian Runner (1991, written and directed by Sean Penn), which cast him as David Morse's morally questionable brother; Carlito's Way (1993), in which he played a paraplegic ex-con who tries to snitch on Al Pacino; and The Prophecy (aka God's Army) (1995), which required the actor, in the role of Lucifer, to rip out Christopher Walken's heart and then eat it. Mortensen finally attained a greater measure of recognition with his smoldering portrayal of one of Isabel Archer's (Nicole Kidman) suitors in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady. He then made another strong impression as Demi Moore's rough, tough, and buff training instructor in G.I. Jane (1997) and, the following year, he was one of the few redeeming features of A Perfect Murder, in which he supplied sexy menace (as well as his own art work) as Gwyneth Paltrow's murderous artist lover. He allowed his softer side to come through in Tony Goldwyn's acclaimed A Walk on the Moon (1999), which cast him as the hippie lover of a dissatisfied housewife (Diane Lane) in Woodstock-era upstate New York. His more romantic side was again in evidence in the romantic drama 28 Days (2000), in which he played recovering party girl Sandra Bullock's rehab honey. Replacing Irish actor Stuart Townsend in the role of Aragorn shortly after production had begun on director Peter Jackson's eagerly anticipated film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Mortensen secured a strong screen presence through 2003, with the release of the trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King. In 2004, he proved that he could carry a film on his own when he starred as Wild West adventurer Frank T. Hopkins in the horse-racing period film Hidalgo. In 2005, the actor won critical raves when he headlined the visceral David Cronenberg crime thriller A History of Violence, vis-a-vis Ed Harris and William Hurt; as Tom Stall, a seemingly open-faced small-town Hoosier whose dark and brutal past comes to light during a diner robbery, Mortensen lent the film a great deal of momentum and held audiences rapt. History received two Academy Award nominations, though Mortensen failed to net one for Best Actor.Mortensen returned to period adventures in 2006 when he played the titular solider-turned-mercenary in Agustín Díaz Yanes' Spanish-language film Alatriste, set during Spain's 16th century imperial wars. In 2007 Mortensen teamed up for a second time with David Cornenberg, playing a Russian mob enforcer in Eastern Promises. His impressive work in the film garnered him strong reviews as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Unfortunately for Mortensen, that year brought some stiff competition in the form of Dan

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
83% Captain Fantastic
  • Ben
$5.9M 2016
83% Far from Men
  • Daru
  • Producer
2015
88% Jauja
  • Producer
  • Captain Gunnar Dinesen
2015
82% The Two Faces of January
  • Chester MacFarland
$1.7M 2014
34% Everybody Has a Plan
  • Agustín/Pedro
  • Producer
2013
43% On the Road
  • Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs
$0.7M 2012
77% A Dangerous Method
  • Sigmund Freud
$5.8M 2011
No Score Yet Poe
  • Actor
2011
75% The Road
  • Man
$8.1M 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade
  • Actor
2008
77% Appaloosa
  • Everett Hitch
$20.2M 2008
28% Slacker Uprising
  • Actor
2008
33% Good
  • John Halder
2008
89% Eastern Promises
  • Nickolai
$17.2M 2007
No Score Yet Alatriste
  • Alatriste
2006
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata
  • Actor
2006
87% A History of Violence
  • Tom Stall
$31.6M 2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
47% Hidalgo
  • Frank Hopkins
$67.3M 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Aragorn
$364.1M 2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Aragorn
$339.8M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Aragorn
$314.1M 2001
31% 28 Days
  • Eddie
2000
72% A Walk on the Moon
  • Walker Jerome
1999
37% Psycho
  • Sam Loomis
1998
55% A Perfect Murder
  • David Shaw
1998
No Score Yet La Pistola de mi hermano (My Brother's Gun)
  • Juanito
1997
55% G.I. Jane
  • Master Chief John Urgayle
1997
No Score Yet Vanishing Point
  • James Kowalski
1997
43% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Caspar Goodwood
1996
26% Daylight
  • Roy Nord
1996
44% Albino Alligator
  • Guy
1996
43% The Prophecy
  • Lucifer
1995
No Score Yet The Crew
  • Phillip
1995
17% The Passion of Darkly Noon
  • Clay
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Lt. Peter Ince
1995
No Score Yet Gimlet
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Harry
  • Wes
1994
67% Floundering
  • Homeless Man
1994
No Score Yet American Yakuza
  • Nick Davis/David Brandt
1993
33% The Young Americans
  • Fraser
1993
No Score Yet Ruby Cairo
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Deception
  • Johnny
1993
20% Boiling Point
  • Ronnie
1993
80% Carlito's Way
  • Lalin
1993
74% The Indian Runner
  • Frank Roberts
1991
35% Young Guns II
  • John W. Poe
1990
19% Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
  • Eddie 'Tex' Sawyer
1990
No Score Yet Tripwire
  • Hans
1990
83% The Reflecting Skin
  • Cameron Dove
1990
0% Fresh Horses
  • Green
1988
40% Prison
  • Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
1988
No Score Yet Salvation
  • Jerome Stample
1987
92% Witness
  • Moses Hochleitner
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005

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