Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in director Peter Weir's Witness,
VIGGO MORTENSEN's movie-acting career has been marked by a steady string of
diverse performances. Critics have continually recognized his work in more than
40 films, including The Road, Good, Appaloosa, Eastern Promises, A History of
Violence, Alatriste, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Walk on the Moon, Portrait
of a Lady, La Pistola de Mi Hermano, Carlito's Way, The Indian Runner, and The
Reflecting Skin, to name a few.
Mortensen will next be seen in the The Two Faces of January opposite Kirsten
Dunst. A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger, who tries
to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a
police officer set which will be released by Magnolia Pictures in August 2014.
He was last seen in the Argentine thriller Everybody Has a Plan playing dual
roles. Mortensen's other recent film credits include A Dangerous Method, his
third collaboration with David Cronenberg.
John Hillcoat's The Road, the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Cormac
McCarthy's best-selling novel, Appaloosa, directed by Ed Harris and Good,
directed by Vicente Amorim. Mortensen's performance in David Cronenberg's,
Eastern Promises, garnered him an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA
nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actor.
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. He exhibited his photographic series "Skovbo" in
Iceland, at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, and "The Nature of Landscape
and Independent Perception" with George Gudni at Bergamot Station in Santa
Monica. Mortensen has also shown his work at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York
City, as well as in New Zealand, Denmark, and Cuba.
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. Mortensen's books
of photography and writing are available through Perceval Press.