LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
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 stellar 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.
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. Mortensen founded Perceval
Press in 2002, a small independent publisher specializing in art, critical
writing, and poetry. The intention of the press is to publish texts, images, and
recordings that otherwise might not be presented.
He is currently working
on his third book of poetry, and recently exhibited a new photographic series,
"Miyelo" at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles. Mortensen will
also be exhibiting at the Wellington City gallery and Massey University in
Wellington, New Zealand from November 28, 2003, to Januray 25, 2004. He
previously exhibited his work at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles, and Robert
Mann Gallery in New York City.
Mortensen can next be
seen starring in Hidalgo for Disney.
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