THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE TWO TOWERS
Since his debut as a
young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness,
VIGGO MORTENSEN's career
has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Critics have
continually recognized his work in over thirty movies, including such diverse
projects as Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady, Sean Penn's Indian
Runner, Brian DePalma's Carlito's Way, Ridley Scott's G.I.
Jane and Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon. Mortensen's latest
work is playing Strider/Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The
first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, has generated not
only box office receipts, but critical acclaim as well.
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 he spent several
years living in Venezuela, Argentina, and Denmark. He began acting in New York,
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. Mortensen is also
an accomplished poet, photographer, and painter. He is currently working on his
third book of poetry, and his latest showing of new photographs and paintings
was during March 2002 at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as at the
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens. His most recent showing opened
on July 11, 2002, at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.
Mortensen is currently
starring in Hidalgo for Disney, which is due for release July, 2003.
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