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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in Witness, VIGGO MORTENSEN's career has been marked by a steady string of diverse performances. Most recently, he played long-distance racing cowboy 'Frank Hopkins' in Hidalgo. 

Critics have continually recognized his work in over 30 films, including The Lord of the Rings, A Walk on the Moon, Portrait of a Lady, Carlito's Way, and The Indian Runner. He is currently filming Agustin Diaz Yanes' 17th Century epic Alatriste in Spain. 

Born in New York to an American mother and a Danish father, Mortensen spent the early part of his childhood in Manhattan. His family traveled extensively, and he spent several years living in Venezuela, Argentina, and Denmark. He began acting in New York, studying with Warren Robertson, and appeared in several plays and movies before moving to Los Angeles. He is also an accomplished poet, photographer, and painter. In 2002, he founded Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in art, poetry, and critical writing. Perceval's mission is to publish texts, images, and recordings that might not otherwise be presented. 

Most recently, Mortensen exhibited the photographic series "Miyelo" at both the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles and the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington, D.C. He has also shown his work at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City, as well as in New Zealand, Denmark, and Cuba.

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