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Viggo Mortensen is a Actor, Co-Producer and Sound American born on 20 october 1958 at New York City (USA)

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen
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Birth name Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 20 october 1958 (65 years) at New York City (USA)

Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ([viɡ̊o ˈmɒːdnsn]; born October 20, 1958) is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable films of subsequent years, including The Indian Runner (1991), Carlito's Way (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Daylight (1996), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), A Perfect Murder (1998), A Walk on the Moon (1999), and 28 Days (2000).
Mortensen grew in prominence in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence. Two years later, another Cronenberg film Eastern Promises (2007) earned him further critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. A third teaming with Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method (2011) resulted in a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nomination. Other well-received films have included Appaloosa (2008) and the 2009 film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road.

Aside from acting, his other artistic pursuits include fine arts, photography, poetry, and music. In 2002, he founded the Perceval Press to publish the works of little-known artists and authors.


Mortensen holds dual American-Danish citizenship. He speaks fluent English, Danish, and Spanish; he is also conversational in French and Italian, and understands Norwegian and Swedish. He has stated that he was raised speaking English and Spanish and at times feels more comfortable expressing himself in Spanish. He also has some knowledge of Catalan; twice, when receiving a prize in Catalonia, he made a short speech in Catalan.

Mortensen met his wife, actress/singer Exene Cervenka in 1986 on the set of the comedy Salvation!, a parody of televangelism. The couple married on July 8, 1987. On January 28, 1988, Cervenka gave birth to a son, Henry Blake Mortensen. Mortensen and Cervenka lived in Idaho for three years. Mortensen and Cervenka separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1997. He has been with partner Ariadna Gil, a Spanish actress, since 2009.

Mortensen is a fan of (association) football with his favorite players being Argentine star Diego Maradona and Héctor "Bambino" Veira. He has professed a liking of Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro, English team Norwich City, Turkish side Besiktas after attending games whilst shooting The Two Faces of January in Turkey, and both the Argentine and Danish national teams. In 1993, Mortensen went to Ireland during a break in shooting to watch Denmark play in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification match. He is also a hockey fan, particularly of the Montreal Canadiens. He wore a Montreal Canadiens T-shirt underneath his armour throughout the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is also a fan of the New York Mets, and in an interview promoting 2009 film The Road was seen wearing apparel indicating his support of the Australian Football League's Collingwood Magpies football club. While appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, he held a sign supporting the New York Giants.

Mortensen was a good friend of Icelandic painter Georg Guðni Hauksson up until his death in 2011. Mortensen had long been an admirer of Hauksson's work as a landscape artist, and the two published books together as well as maintaining a close friendship.

He was one of the signees of the "Toronto Declaration" protesting against spotlighting Tel-Aviv at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.

Mortensen has owned property in northern Sandpoint, Idaho, and spends time there when not filming movies.

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Filmography of Viggo Mortensen (56 films)

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Green Book
Green Book (2018)
, 2h10
Directed by Frères Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Historical, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about racism, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Jazz films, Musical films, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter Marinov, Mike Hatton, Iqbal Theba
Roles Tony Lip
Rating82% 4.1003854.1003854.1003854.1003854.100385
L'histoire se déroule aux États-Unis en 1962. Frank Vallelonga, surnommé "Tony Lip", un videur italo-américain de New York, cherche un emploi après la fermeture de la Copacabana, la boîte de nuit où il travaillait, pour rénovations. Il est invité pour une entrevue par le docteur Don Shirley, un excentrique pianiste noir d'origine jamaïcaine, qui cherche un chauffeur pour une tournée de huit semaines à travers le Midwest et le Sud profond. Don engage Tony grâce à ses références. Ils partent et prévoient de revenir à New York pour le Réveillon de Noël. Le label de Don donne à Tony une copie du Green Book, un guide pour les voyageurs afro-américains indiquant des motels, des restaurants et des stations-service qui autorisent la visite de personnes de couleur.
Captain Fantastic
Directed by Matt Ross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about suicide, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films about psychiatry, Road movies
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Nicholas Hamilton
Roles Ben Cash
Rating78% 3.9013753.9013753.9013753.9013753.901375
A father (Viggo Mortensen), devoted to teaching his six children how to live and survive in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to leave his self-created paradise. When confronted with the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his ideas of freedom and what it means to raise a family.
Far from Men, 1h50
Directed by David Oelhoffen
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Western
Themes Films set in Africa, French war films, La colonisation française, Films about terrorism, Algerian War films, Political films, Histoire de France
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Nicolas Giraud, Yann Goven, Ángela Molina
Roles Daru
Rating71% 3.5961053.5961053.5961053.5961053.596105
En 1954, au début de la guerre d'Algérie, deux hommes, que tout oppose, sont contraints de fuir à travers les crêtes de l’Atlas saharien d'Algérie. Au cœur d’un hiver glacial, Daru, instituteur reclus, doit escorter Mohamed, un paysan accusé du meurtre de son cousin. Poursuivis par des villageois réclamant la loi du sang et par des colons revanchards, les deux hommes se révoltent. Ensemble, ils vont lutter pour retrouver leur liberté.
The Two Faces of January, 1h36
Directed by Hossein Amini
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Yiğit Özşener, David Warshofsky, Özcan Özdemir
Roles Chester MacFarland
Rating61% 3.096223.096223.096223.096223.09622
In 1962, con man Chester MacFarland and his wife Colette tour Greece and visit the Acropolis of Athens. There they meet Rydal Keener, who scams tourists while working as a tour guide. The MacFarlands invite Rydal to dinner, and Rydal, intrigued by the couple's wealth and Colette's beauty, accepts their invitation, mentioning his girlfriend.
Jauja (2014)
, 1h50
Directed by Lisandro Alonso
Origin Argentine
Genres Drama, Western
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby
Roles Gunnar Dinesen
Rating63% 3.15343.15343.15343.15343.1534
In the 1880s, Danish Captain Gunnar Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) is in Argentina with his teenage daughter Ingeborg (Viilbjørk Malling Agger) who asks him if she can have a dog. He is propositioned by Lieutenant Pittaluga (Adrián Fondari) who asks him for permission to take Inge to a dance in exchange for one of his horses. In clumsy Spanish Dinesen refuses, stating that Inge is his daughter. When Dinesen warns Inge that Pittaluga is too fond of young girls and she should not go near him, she asks why she ever would.
Big Sur
Big Sur (2013)
, 1h40
Directed by Polish brothers
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Adventure
Themes Films about writers
Actors Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Stana Katic, Henry Thomas, Anthony Edwards
Roles Old Bull Lee
Rating56% 2.8486252.8486252.8486252.8486252.848625
Jack Kerouac, coming off the recent success of On the Road, is unable to cope with a suddenly demanding public and his rise in popularity, and begins battling with advanced alcoholism as a result. He seeks respite first in solitude in the Big Sur cabin, then in a relationship with Billie, the mistress of his longtime friend Neal Cassady. Kerouac finds respite in the Big Sur wilderness, but is driven by loneliness to return to the city, and resumes drinking heavily.
On the Road, 2h20
Directed by Sam Riley, Walter Salles
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga
Roles Old Bull Lee / William S. Burroughs
Rating59% 2.996382.996382.996382.996382.99638
In 1947, on the day his father is buried, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) is invited by his friend Chad to meet Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and Moriarty's 16-year-old wife Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Sal befriends Dean, smoking marijuana with him and visiting a jazz nightclub where they meet saxophonist Walter (Terrence Howard), who also befriends them. Dean gets a job as a chauffeur (having previously been a car thief). Sal teaches Dean how to write before another friend, Carlo Marx (Tom Sturridge), leaves with Dean for Denver.
Everybody Has a Plan, 1h40
Origin Argentine
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Sofía Gala
Roles Agustín / Pedro
Rating55% 2.7955552.7955552.7955552.7955552.795555
Agustín (Viggo Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what has gradually become a frustrating existence after living for years in Buenos Aires. After his twin brother Pedro's death (Viggo Mortensen), Agustín sets out to begin a new life assuming Pedro's identity and returning to the mysterious Paraná Delta region, which was the childhood home of both brothers. However, shortly after his return, Agustín is involuntarily involved in the dangerous criminal world that his brother had been part of.
A Dangerous Method, 1h33
Directed by David Cronenberg
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography
Themes Psychologie, Théâtre, Psychanalyse, Films based on plays
Actors Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon, André Hennicke
Roles Sigmund Freud
Rating63% 3.1995653.1995653.1995653.1995653.199565
Sabina Spielrein arrives at the Burghölzli, the pre-eminent psychiatric hospital in Zurich, with a typical case of hysteria and begins a new course of treatment with the young Swiss doctor, Carl Jung. He is using word association and dream interpretation as part of his approach to Freud's radical new science of psychoanalysis, and finds that Sabina Spielrein's condition was triggered by the humiliation and sexual arousal she felt as a child due to her short-tempered father's habit of spanking her naked. These conflicting feelings were compounded by her instinctive knowledge (imparted by an angel's voice that speaks in German) that she had done nothing to deserve such a punishment and in fact that she may have been a stand-in for her mother in her father's abuse (since her mother was unfaithful). Also, her affluent Russian Jewish family afforded her an exceptional education in preparation for university study, although not on the subject of sex, and she was a virgin.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, 4h
Directed by Daniel Farrands
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Horror
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Serial killer films, Documentary films about films
Actors Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Lisa Wilcox, John Saxon
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating85% 4.282544.282544.282544.282544.28254
Depuis des décennies, Freddy Krueger s'est frayé un chemin à travers les rêves d'innombrables jeunes, effrayant plus d'un demi-milliard de dollars au box-office à travers huit films terrifiants et spectaculaires.
The Road
The Road (2009)
, 1h51
Directed by John Hillcoat
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Social science fiction, Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker
Roles Father
Rating71% 3.598563.598563.598563.598563.59856
A man and his young son struggle to survive after an unspecified cataclysm has caused another extinction event. Civilization has collapsed, reducing the survivors to scavenging and in most cases cannibalism. The duo search for supplies as they travel south on a road to the coast in the hope it will be warmer. The man is armed with a revolver, but carries just two rounds.
Good (2008)
, 1h36
Directed by Vicente Amorim
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Mark Strong, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh, Gemma Jones
Roles Halder
Rating61% 3.050693.050693.050693.050693.05069
Good is the story of John Halder (Mortensen), a German literature professor in the 1930s, who is reluctant at first to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, his mother, his mistress (Whittaker) and his Jewish friend (Isaacs). Eventually Halder gives in to Nazism in order to advance his career. He is granted an honorary position in the SS, due to his writings in support of euthanasia. His involvement in the party makes his relationship with his Jewish friend more and more fraught. Finally, Halder finds himself working for Adolf Eichmann. Under the pretext of work he engineers a visit to a concentration camp where he imagines that he sees his emaciated friend. Seeing inmates arriving and the suffering of those at the camp he realizes what his deeds have accomplished.
Appaloosa (2008)
, 1h55
Directed by Ed Harris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime, Western
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Ed Harris, Jeremy Irons, Lance Henriksen, Timothy Spall
Roles Everett Hitch
Rating66% 3.348813.348813.348813.348813.34881
In 1882, the small town of Appaloosa, New Mexico, is being terrorized by local rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons), who killed the town's marshal, Jack Bell, and two deputies when they came to Bragg's ranch to arrest two men. The town hires lawman and peacekeeper Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his deputy Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) to protect and regain control of the town. The pair agree on one condition: that the town follow Cole's law and essentially cede control to him. The lawmen begin by confronting four of Bragg's men who are causing a disturbance in the saloon. Three men refuse to allow themselves to be arrested, forcing Cole and Hitch to kill them. The fourth man surrenders and leaves the saloon. Bragg has a meeting with Cole and Hitch, initiating a standoff.