Since his debut as Alexander Godunov'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 Indian Runner, his performances are
continuously recognized by critics.
Mortensen was recently seen in A Walk on The Moon opposite Diane Lane and
OscarĀ© winner Anna Paquin. Prior to that, he starred in Gus Van Sant's remake
of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho. Other feature credits include
Perfect Murder, with Michael Douglas and OscarĀ© winner Gwyneth Paltrow; G.I.
Jane, opposite Demi Moore; Daylight, with Sylvester Stallone; Portrait of a
Lady, with Nicole Kidman; and Kevin Spacey's directorial debut, Albino
Alligator. Mortensen is currently filming Lord of the Rings.
Born in New York to a Danish father and an American mother, Mortensen 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. Mortensen
began acting in 1982 after studying at Warren Robertson's Theater 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 Critics Award.
His additional film credits include Carlito's Way, Young Americans, The
Prophecy, Boiling Point and Fresh Horses. Possessed of a skill for mastering
foreign languages, he also starred opposite Angela Molina in the Spanish film Gimlet, as well as
My Brother's Gun, directed by Ray Loriga.
Adding writer to his list of talents, a book of Mortensen's poetry titled
Last Night was recently published through Illuminati Press. Mortensen is also an
accomplished photographer and is currently working on another book combining his
poetry and photographs.
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