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PERSONAL DATA OF VIGGO MORTENSEN
Age: 62 years old
Height: 180 cm
Born in: New York, USA
Born on: 20/10/1958
Spouse: Exene Cervenka (s. 1987-1998)
BIOGRAPHY OF VIGGO MORTENSEN
Actor, painter, poet, photographer and musician, Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. was born in New York on October 20, 1958 from an American mother and a Danish father and spent his early childhood in Venezuela, Denmark and Argentina, where – in Buenos Aires – he attended elementary school and learned to speak Spanish fluently. At the age of eleven, due to her parents’ divorce, she returns to New York with her mother. After high school and university – from which he comes out with a degree in Spanish Literature and Political Economy – he spends some time in Spain, England and especially Denmark, working as a truck driver, bartender, waiter and florist. Finally, he returned to New York to devote himself to acting, studied theater and moved to Los Angeles in search of fortune. In the city of cinema, following a series of auditions that went wrong and some television appearances, he touches on the role of the protagonist in Greystoke – The legend of Tarzan the lord of the apes to make his debut in front of the camera in 1985: the film is Witness – The witness, in which Peter Weir entrusts him with the role of an Amish peasant.
The next year Viggo appears in it The purple rose of Cairo, but his only scene, unfortunately, is cut. However, he does not take it and makes himself, so to speak, on the tables of the stage, winning a prestigious award for his performance in “Well”, play on the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazis. In the early 90s, Mortensen reads in Leatherface: don’t open that door 3 and in Reflections on the skin, where is a man who runs a gas pump and spends his days reading vampire comics. Far more important is his experience in Lone wolf, of which he is the protagonist (alongside David Morse) as a grumpy, gloomy and troubled Vietnam veteran.
Gangster leading a gang of teenage sociopaths in Young Americans, the actor gets noticed and appreciated in a memorable long sequence of Carlito’s Way, in which he plays the role of a former criminal who has ended up in a wheelchair. His interpretation of Lucifer neither The last prophecy remains memorable and soon we find it again Viggo Mortensen in love with Isabel Archer/Nicole Kidman in Portrait of a lady of Jane Campion, from the book of Henry James. After a foray into action, Viggo alongside Demi Moore in Soldier Jane and finally gained international attention in Perfect Crime, remake of a classic by Alfred Hitchcock in which it receives from Michael Douglas the commission to kill Gwyneth Paltrow. Mortensen binds his name to the master of the thrill also reciting in the version of Gus Van Sant of Psycho and rises to the rank of sex symbol in A Walk on The Moon, thus impersonating a rehab buddy of Sandra Bullock in 28 days.
All these roles, although noteworthy, are marginal when compared with the character who in 2001 changed the life and career of the actor, who was chosen by Peter Jackson to interpret Aragorn in the trilogy de The Lord of the Rings. The monumental cinematographic work of the New Zealand director registers a worldwide success and ours enters the list of the most requested artists of the seventh art, so much so that, once the cast of Ocean of Fire – Hidalgo, become one of the favorite contributors of David Cronenberg, who wants him to be the main interpreter of A History of Violence to then cover it with tattoos The promise of the murderer (film for which he receives an Oscar nomination) and turn it into Sigmund Freud in A Dangerous Method. Another noteworthy experience, albeit almost unnoticed, is for Viggo Mortensen The fate of a warrior – Alatriste, in which it plays the part of Captain Alatriste, one of the most famous literary characters in Spain. A better reception is reserved for the western Appaloosa, which gives to Viggo excellent set mates like Ed Harris is Renée Zellweger. In addition to the collaborations with Cronenberg, the first decade of the 2000s is marked for Mortensen from the catastrophic and dramatic The Road, adaptation of the homonymous book by Cormack McCarthy set in a bleak post-apocalyptic universe.
Always attentive to the parts he chooses, the actor has worked less in recent years, not disdaining poorly known projects such as Todos tenemos un plan, in which he speaks Spanish. Protagonist together with Kristen Dunst de The two faces of January and lonely captain on horseback in Jauja of Lisandro Alonso, Viggo Mortensen was highly regarded for the role of Ben Cash in Captain Fantastic, the story of a nonconformist family who lives in the woods and escapes consumerism and the rules of Western civilization. With the success also came the Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
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THE MOST RECENT FILMS BY VIGGO MORTENSEN
Role: Film director
Year: 2016 Go to the complete Filmography
THE MOST RECURRING GENRES OF VIGGO MORTENSEN
Drama: 41% Thriller: 14% Action: 11% Adventure: 8%