Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Highest Rated: 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Lowest Rated: 0% Fresh Horses (1988)

Birthday: Oct 20, 1958

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 Daniel Day Lewis, who ultimately took home the award for his p

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
56% Falling Director John Peterson Screenwriter Producer 2020
77% Green Book Tony Lip 2018
83% Captain Fantastic Ben $5.9M 2016
84% Far from Men Producer Daru 2015
88% Jauja Producer Captain Gunnar Dinesen 2015
80% The Two Faces of January Chester MacFarland $1.7M 2014
34% Everybody Has a Plan Agustín/Pedro Producer 2013
44% On the Road Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs $0.7M 2012
78% A Dangerous Method Sigmund Freud $5.8M 2011
73% The Road Man $8.1M 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak Actor 2009
No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade Actor 2008
76% Appaloosa Everett Hitch $20.2M 2008
28% Slacker Uprising Actor 2008
32% Good John Halder 2008
89% Eastern Promises Nickolai $17.2M 2007
17% 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
46% Hidalgo Frank Hopkins $67.3M 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans Actor 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Aragorn $364.1M 2003
95% 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
33% 28 Days Eddie 2000
72% A Walk on the Moon Walker Jerome 1999
38% Psycho Sam Loomis 1998
56% A Perfect Murder David Shaw 1998
No Score Yet La Pistola de mi hermano (My Brother's Gun) Juanito 1997
53% G.I. Jane Master Chief John Urgayle 1997
No Score Yet Vanishing Point James Kowalski 1997
45% The Portrait of a Lady Caspar Goodwood 1996
25% Daylight Roy Nord 1996
50% Albino Alligator Guy 1996
43% The Prophecy Lucifer 1995
No Score Yet The Crew Phillip 1995
38% The Passion of Darkly Noon Clay 1995
88% 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
18% Boiling Point Ronnie 1993
81% 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
87% The Reflecting Skin Cameron Dove 1990
0% Fresh Horses Green 1988
40% Prison Burke / Forsythe Electrocution 1988
No Score Yet Salvation Jerome Stample 1987
93% Witness Moses Hochleitner 1985

TV

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No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2019
2017
2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2016
2014
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

QUOTES FROM Viggo Mortensen CHARACTERS

Aragorn says: For Frodo.

Jimmy Kowalski says: I guess I don't trust things that don't come with a repair manuel.

Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs says: Dean does not feel responsibility towards others. He does not know the concept. Then again, he feels others have some mysterious obligation to support him.

Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs says: Dean does not feel responsibility towards others. He does not know the concept. Then again, he feels others have some mysterious obligation to support him.

Sigmund Freud says: [voice over] Your letter cannot be answered. Your claim that I treat my friends like patients is self evidently untrue. As to which of us is the neurotic, I thought on this we agreed that a little neurosis was nothing whatever to be ashamed of. But a man like you, who behaves quite abnormally and then stands there shouting at the top of his voice how normal he is, does give considerable cause for concern. For a long time now, our relationship has been hanging by a thread, and a thread moreover, mostly consisting of past disappointments. We have nothing to lose by cutting it.

Sigmund Freud says: Your letter cannot be answered. Your claim that I treat my friends like patients is self evidently untrue. As to which of us is the neurotic, I thought on this we agreed that a little neurosis was nothing whatever to be ashamed of. But a man like you, who behaves quite abnormally and then stands there shouting at the top of his voice how normal he is, does give considerable cause for concern. For a long time now, our relationship has been hanging by a thread, and a thread moreover, mostly consisting of past disappointments. We have nothing to lose by cutting it.

Carl Jung says: There are so many mysteries, so much further to go.

Sigmund Freud says: Please, we can't be too careful! We can't afford to wonder into these speculative areas. Telepathy! Singing bookcases! Fairies at the bottom of the garden. It won't do! It won't do.

Sigmund Freud says: Pity, I should never have sent Otto Gross to you. I blame myself.

Carl Jung says: Well I'm very grateful you did. All those provocative discussions helped crystallize my thinking.

Sigmund Freud says: Is she a virgin?

Carl Jung says: Yes, certainly.

Sigmund Freud says: Mm.

Carl Jung says: Almost certainly.

Carl Jung says: No. Certainly.

Roy Nord says: It's exhausting being me.

Tom Stall says: Jesus, Richie.

Aragorn says: My friends... you bow to no one.

Aragorn says: My friends, you bow to no one.

Boromir says: It is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this Ring? Long has my father, the steward of Gondor kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy, let us use it against him!

Aragorn says: You cannot wield it! None of us can! The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master.

Boromir says: And what would a Ranger know of this matter?

Legolas says: This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance.

Aragorn says: I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!

Aragorn says: This is beyond my skills; he needs Elven medicine.

Elrond says: I give hope to men.

Aragorn says: I keep none for myself.

The Boy says: Because we're the good guys.

The Man says: Yes.

The Boy says: And we're carrying the fire.

The Man says: Yes

The Man says: Yes.

The Boy says: Are we still the good guys?

The Man says: Yes, we're still the good guys. Of course we are.

The Boy says: And we always will be? No matter what happens?

The Man says: Always will.

The Man says: The clocks stopped at one seventeen. There was a long shear of bright light, then a series of low concussions. I think it's October but I can't be sure. I haven't kept a calender for years. Each day is more gray than the one before. It is cold and growing colder as the world slowly dies. No animals have survived, and all the crops are long gone. Someday all the trees in the world will fall. The roads are peopled by refugees towing carts, and gangs carrying weapons, looking for fuel and food.

Moses Hochleitner says: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Aragorn says: We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let's hunt some orc.

Gimli says: Yes!!

Gimli says: Yes!

Aragorn says: I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day. This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth.

Aragorn says: You draw too much attention to yourself, 'Mister Underhill'. [shoves Frodo into a vacant room]

Frodo Baggins says: What do you want?

Aragorn says: A little more caution from you, that's no trinket you carry.

Frodo Baggins says: I carry nothing.

Aragorn says: Indeed. I can avoid being seen, if I wish, but to disappear entirely, that is a rare gift.

Otto Gross says: It seems to me the measure of the true perversity of the human race, that one of us have very few have lively pleasurable image of the subject of so much hysteria and impression.

Carl Jung says: But not to repress yourself is to unleash all kinds of dangerous and destructive forces.

Otto Gross says: Our job is to make our patients capable of feeling.

Carl Jung says: I've heard it said that you helped one of your patients to kill herself.

Otto Gross says: She was reasonably suicidal, I just explained how she could do it without watching it. Then I asked her is she didn't prefer the idea of becoming my lover. She opted for both.

Carl Jung says: That can't be what we want for our patients.

Sigmund Freud says: Freedom is freedom.

The Man says: if he is not the word of God, then God never spoke.

The Man says: If he is not the word of God, then God never spoke.

Legolas says: They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!

Aragorn says: Saruman!

Master Chief John Urgayle says: "A bird will fall frozen, dead from a bough, before...ever...feeling..sorry for itself."

Master Chief John Urgayle says: A bird will fall frozen, dead from a bough, before...ever...feeling...sorry for itself.

Aragorn says: You cannot give me this.

Arwen says: It is mine to give to whom I will, like my heart.

Sigmund Freud says: 100 years from now they still won't accept us

Sigmund Freud says: 100 years from now they still won't accept us.

The Man says: Do you ever wish you would die?

Old Man says: No. It's foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.

The Gang Member says: You ain't gonna shoot that thing. You ain't got but two shells. Maybe one. And they'll hear the shot.

The Man says: Maybe. But you won't. Because that bullet will be through your head and in your brain before you can hear it. To hear it, you'll need a frontal lobe, and things with names like "colliculus" and "temporal gyrus". And you won't have 'em anymore, because they'll just be soup.

The Gang Member says: You a doctor?

The Man says: I'm not anything.

The Man says: You think I won't kill you? You're wrong.

The Gang Member says: You know what I think? I think you're chicken-shit. You never killed a man in your life.

The Man says: If I were God, I would have made the world just so and no different. And so I have you... I have you.

The Man says: You have to keep carrying the fire.

The Boy says: What fire?

The Man says: The fire inside you.

The Man says: You look at him again, I'll shoot you in the head.

The Gang Member says: That boy looks hungry. Why don't ya'll come on to the truck? Get you somethin' to eat. Ain't no need to be such a hard-ass.

The Man says: You don't have anything to eat.

Sigmund Freud says: Of course, there is added difficulty, more ammunition for our enemies, that all of us here in Vienna, in our psychoanalytical circle, are Jews.

Carl Jung says: I don't see what difference that makes.

Sigmund Freud says: That, if I may say so, is an exquisitely Protestant remark.

The Voice says: I've been waiting for you for a long time. Oh, how I've waited for you.

Jimmy Kowalski says: Yeah? Since when? Where?

The Voice says: Oh, everywhere. Everywhere and since forever. Patiently. Patiently. That's the only way to wait for somebody.

Aragorn says: I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day. This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth

Aragorn says: Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come where the courage of men fails... when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day... an hour of wolves and shattered sheilds, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! ! ! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand men of the west!

Aragorn says: Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come where the courage of men fails... when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day... an hour of wolves and shattered sheilds, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand men of the west!

Aragorn says: My dear friends... you bow to no one.

Sigmund Freud says: We are all Jews.

Lucifer says: "Leave a light on, Thomas."

Lucifer says: Leave a light on, Thomas.

Sigmund Freud says: [from trailer] Tell me about the first time you can remember being beaten by your father.

Sabina Spielrein says: It excited me!

Haldir says: I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between elves and men. Long ago we fought and died together. We've come to honor that allegiance.

Haldir says: I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between elves and men. Long ago we fought and died together. We've come to honor that allegiance.

Aragorn says: Mae govannen, Haldir! (Welcome Haldir)

Aragorn says: Mae govannen, Haldir! [welcome Haldir]

Aragorn says: [Embraces Haldir] You are most welcome.

Aragorn says: [embraces Haldir] You are most welcome.

Aragorn says: Gentlemen, we do not stop 'till nightfall.

Pippin says: What about breakfast?

Aragorn says: Haven't you had that already?

Pippin says: We've had one yes. What about second breakfast?

Gandalf says: How do we know that Frodo is alive?

Aragorn says: We have time. Every day Frodo moves closer to Mordor.

Aragorn says: What does your heart tell you?

Gandalf says: Do we know that?

Gandalf says: He is alive. Yes, he is alive

Aragorn says: What does your heart tell you?

Gandalf says: That Frodo is alive. Yes. Yes, he's alive.

Gimli says: Aragorn, toss me.

Gimli says: Toss me.

Aragorn says: What?

Gimli says: Toss me.

Aragorn says: Huh?

Gimli says: I CAN'T JUMP THE DISTANCE, YOU HAVE TO TOSS ME!

Gimli says: I cannot jump the distance, you'll have to toss me. [pauses, looks up at Aragorn]

Aragorn says: Very well.

Gimli says: Don't tell the elf.

Gimli says: Oh, and uh, Don't tell the elf.

Aragorn says: Not a word.

Aragorn says: You have my word.

Aragorn says: Sons of Gondor - of Rohan . . . my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come when the courage of Men fails; when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day - an hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the Age of Man comes crashing down - but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth - I bid you stand! Men of the West!

Aragorn says: Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand! Men of the West!

Aragorn says: I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.

Aragorn says: [closing Frodo's hand around the Ring] I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.

Aragorn says: For Frodo. [He charges out towards the remaining army of Mordor alone. Merry and Pippin raise their swords and yell then charge. The rest of the soldiers do the same and soon overtake Merry and Pippin]

Aragorn says: [to Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry] My friends. You bow to no one. [He kneels, and the entire kingdom follows suit, kneeling to the Hobbits]

Aragorn says: Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*

Aragorn says: We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let's hunt some orc.

Aragorn says: "My friends, you bow to no one".

Aragorn says: My friends, you bow to no one.

Aragorn says: "For Frodo".

Aragorn says: For Frodo.

Gimli says: "Don't tell the elf"

Gimli says: Don't tell the elf.

Aragorn says: "Not. A. word"

Aragorn says: Not. A. Word.

Nikolai Luzhin says: Sometimes, if things are closed, you just, open them up.

The Man says: I told the boy when you dream about bad things happening, it means you're still fighting and you're still alive. It's when you start to dream about good things that you should start to worry.

The Man says: I will kill anyone who touches you. Because that's my job.

Nikolai Luzhin says: I can't become king if someone else already sits on the throne.