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Since his debut as Alexander Godunov's brother in 1985's "Witness," VIGGO MORTENSEN (David Shaw) has enjoyed a career marked by several standout performances. From his role in "Crimson Tide" to his work in Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner," his talents have continuously been recognized by critics.

Most recently, Mortensen starred opposite Demi Moore in Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane." He was also seen in the Universal thriller "Daylight" with Sylvester Stallone, opposite Nicole Kidman in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady," and in Kevin Spacey's directorial debut, "Albino Alligator." He recently finished filming "Over the Moon" opposite Diane Lane and Oscar-winner Anna Paquin.

Born in New York to a Danish father and American mother, Mortensen spent the early part of his childhood in Manhattan. His family traveled a great deal and he spent several years living in Argentina, Venezuela and Denmark. He began acting in 1982 after studying at Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop in New York, appearing in several plays and eventually moving to Los Angeles, where his performance in "Bent" at the Coast Playhouse earned him a Dramalogue Critics Award.

Mortensen's additional film credits include "Carlito's Way," "Young Americans," "The Prophecy," "Boiling Point" and "Fresh Horses." Possessed with an inherent skill for mastering foreign languages, he also starred opposite Angela Molina in the Spanish film "Gimlet" and in "My Brother's Gun," directed by Ray Loriga.

A book of Mortensen's poetry entitled Ten Last Night was recently published through Illuminati Press. Mortensen is also an accomplished photographer.


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