Since his debut as Alexander Gudunov's brother in 1985's Witness,
VIGGO MORTENSEN's career has been marked by several standout
performances. From his role as the weapons officer caught between
Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington in Crimson Tide, to
his work in Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, his performances
are continuously recognized by critics. Mortensen most recently
appeared in A Perfect Murder with Michael Douglas and Gwyneth
Paltrow. Later this year he will be seen in The Blouse Man
opposite Diane Lane and Oscar® winner Anna Paquin. He also
has starred opposite Demi Moore in Ridley Scott's GI Jane,
Daylight with Sylvester Stallone and Amy Brenneman, opposite
Nicole Kidman in Jane Campion's Portrait of A Lady and
in Kevin Spacey's directorial debut Albino Alligator.
Born in New York to a Danish father an American mother, Viggo
spent the early part of his childhood in Manhattan. His family
traveled a great deal and spent several years living in Argentina,
Venezuela and Denmark. Viggo began acting in 1982 after studying
at Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop in New York. He appeared
in several plays and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where his
performance in Bent at the Coast Playhouse earned him a Dramalogue
His additional film credits include Carlito's Way, Young Americans,
The Prophecy, Boiling Point and Fresh Horses. Possessed with an
inherent skill for mastering languages, he also starred opposite
Angela Molina in the Spanish film Gimlet, as well as My Brothers
Gun, directed by Ray Logia.
Adding writer to his list of talents, a book of his poetry entitled
"Ten Last Night," was recently published through Illuminati
Press. Viggo is also an accomplished photographer and is currently
working on another book combining his poetry and photographs.
He is presently planning for his first gallery showing of his
paintings and poetry.
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