Viggo Mortensen

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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
80% Green Book Tony Lip 2018
82% Captain Fantastic Ben 2016
84% Far from Men Daru Producer 2015
89% Jauja Captain Gunnar Dinesen Producer 2015
81% The Two Faces of January Chester MacFarland 2014
32% Everybody Has a Plan Producer Agustín/Pedro 2013
44% On the Road Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs 2012
78% A Dangerous Method Sigmund Freud 2011
No Score Yet Poe Actor 2011
73% The Road Man 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak Actor 2009
No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade Actor 2008
76% Appaloosa Everett Hitch 2008
28% Slacker Uprising Actor 2008
32% Good John Halder 2008
89% Eastern Promises Nickolai 2007
No Score Yet Alatriste Alatriste 2006
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata Actor 2006
87% A History of Violence Tom Stall 2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans Actor 2005
46% Hidalgo Frank Hopkins 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans Actor 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Aragorn 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Aragorn 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Aragorn 2001
32% 28 Days Eddie 2000
72% A Walk on the Moon Walker Jerome 1999
38% 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
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
26% Daylight Roy Nord 1996
50% Albino Alligator Guy 1996
43% The Prophecy Lucifer 1995
No Score Yet The Crew Phillip 1995
17% 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
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

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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
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  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
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  • 2018
No Score Yet Conan
2010
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  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
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  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
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  • 2005

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