Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

actor, producer, director

Viggo Mortensen was born on Oct 20, 1958 in USA. Viggo Mortensen's big-screen debut came with George Washington - Season 1 directed by Buzz Kulik in 1984, strarring Lieutenant at LeBoeuf. Viggo Mortensen is known for Thirteen Lives directed by Ron Howard, Viggo Mortensen stars as Rick Stanton and Colin Farrell as John Volanthen. Viggo Mortensen has got 45 awards and 127 nominations so far. The most recent award Viggo Mortensen achieved is Ghent International Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Viggo Mortensen plays is Thirteen Lives which will be released on Aug 05, 2022.

Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness: Témoin sous surveillance (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American, and his maternal grandfather was Canadian. His parents met 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. 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 tending bar and began taking acting classes, 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.He made his film debut with a small part in Witness: Témoin sous surveillance (1985). 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 did not 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 "The Lord of the Rings" made him a household name - a difficult consequence for the ever private and introspective Viggo.Critics have continually recognized his work in over thirty movies, including such diverse projects as Jane Campion's Portrait de femme (1996), Sean Penn's The Indian Runner (1991), Brian De Palma's L'impasse (1993), Ridley Scott's À armes égales (1997), Tony Scott's USS Alabama (1995), Andrew Davis's Meurtre parfait (1998), Ray Loriga's La pistola de mi hermano (1997), Tony Goldwyn's Le choix d'une vie (1999), and Peter Farrelly's Green Book: Sur les routes du sud (2018).Mortensen is also an accomplished poet, photographer and painter.

  • Birthday

    Oct 20, 1958
  • Place of Birth

    Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Also known

    维果·莫特森, 维戈·莫滕森, Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr., Viggo Peter Mortensen, Вигго Мортенсен, 비고 모텐슨, 维果·莫腾森

Known For


45 wins & 127 nominations

Ghent International Film Festival
Winner - Joseph Plateau Honorary Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Winner - Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Film
Winner - Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award
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