Viggo Mortensen
American actor
Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is an 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 the 1990s, 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), and A Walk on the Moon (1999).
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Viggo Mortensen's personal information overview.
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'Lord of the Rings' Castmates Reunite
ABC News - 21 days
Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom had a fun guys' night out.
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2017 SAG Award Winners Include Emma Stone, Viola Davis And Mahershala Ali
Huffington Post - 22 days
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Here Are The 2017 Oscar Nominations
Huffington Post - 28 days
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards.  The Oscars are the final and biggest award show of the season, culminating in a massive display of all the glitz and glamour we’ve come to associate with Hollywood.  After cleaning up at the Golden Globes in January with seven awards, “La La Land” is in the lead with 14 nominations ― tying the record previously set by “All About Eve ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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'La La Land,' 'Arrival' And 'Nocturnal Animals' Lead Britain's BAFTA Award Nominations
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Fresh from its success at Hollywood’s Golden Globes, romance musical “La La Land” leads the field for next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards after securing 11 nominations on Tuesday. Sci-fi film “Arrival” and fashion designer Tom Ford’s drama “Nocturnal Animals” each received nine nominations, while “Manchester by the Sea”, about a family dealing with tragedy, got six. “La La Land” stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were nominated in the Leading Actor and Leading Actress categories. The movie about a pianist and struggling actress in Hollywood is also in the running for Best Film, Original Music, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Production Design and Costume Design. Damien Chazelle was nominated in the Director and Original Screenplay categories. On Sunday night, the musical won seven Golden Globes. “Arrival” will compete for Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Editing, Cinematography, Special Visual Effects and Sound. Amy Adams i ...
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'Captain Fantastic's' examination of parenting and integrity appeals to star Viggo Mortensen
LATimes - about 2 months
“Captain Fantastic” protagonist Ben Cash lives off the grid, raising his six children in the woods at the highest standards of intellectual and physical training. Some might question his methods, or at least consider them extreme. But at the heart of Ben’s tutelage is critical thinking, and star...
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Can Meryl and Mortensen maintain their awards mojo?
LATimes - about 2 months
Meryl Streep and Viggo Mortensen earned early accolades at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards nominations. Will Oscar voters follow their lead? Should they follow their lead? Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the...
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Overrated/Underrated: 'Captain Fantastic,' and it's time for the mannequin challenge to stop
LATimes - 3 months
UNDERRATED Viggo Mortensen in ‘Captain Fantastic’: This 2016 indie, about a father raising six kids off the grid in the impossibly idyllic Pacific Northwestern wilderness, shines as a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy for a certain outdoors-oriented mind set, which almost makes up for its over-the-top...
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Napa Valley Film Festival 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) celebrated its highly anticipated 6th anniversary on November 9-13. The gathering of film, food and wine at the most scenic time of year showcased over 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews in numerous venues throughout the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Attendees socialized with over 300 filmmakers at screenings and enjoyed a list of events including industry panels, wine tastings, culinary demos, winemaker dinners, Celebrity Tributes, and the Awards Ceremony and Gala. The festival started with the opening night screening of The Weinstein Company's Lion starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Priyanka Bose. The directorial debut by Australian Garth Davis, based on a true story about Saroo Brierley's journey from his memoir A Long Way Home, had the audience in tears. Dev Patel received a standing ovation when he entered the stage to participate in a post screening Q&A ...
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Viggo Mortensen's Hippie Heroics in Captain Fantastic
Huffington Post - 4 months
The movie Captain Fantastic sounds like an action adventure, and it is, if you consider parenting a thrilling sport. The opening shows bare chested young people making their way through the forest, foraging for food, dismembering prey, a primitive tribe. But no, the movie takes place in the "so-called" present civilized world, in a family whose father played with handsome hippie looks by Viggo Mortensen, home schools his six children in the ways of the wilderness, that is, if you call a teepee a home. Beautifully acted with a stellar cast including Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, and the great Frank Langella, as written and directed by Matt Ross, Captain Fantastic is the best movie about parenting I've ever seen. At a luncheon at the Explorers Club celebrating this film, Viggo Mortensen praised Matt Ross' direction, but especially his script. Although the circumstances become dire, there are no heroes or villains, even though you root for Viggo Mortensen's Ben whose parenting skills do not ...
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5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Movie (and wine) buffs need to get in gear now - the last film fest of the season is too good to miss. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) It's the last film festival of the year - and it's in northern Californian wine country. Need we say more? The six-year-old Napa Valley Film Festival is rolling out some big names, new movie-watching venues (in wineries, of course), and a brand-new schedule. The festival incorporates all four Napa towns (Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga) for movie showings, cooking demos, wine-tasting, and unique events. Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons not to miss this year's wine-fueled movie celebration, November 9-16. We'll cheers to that! 1. The celebs The Celebrity Tributes night on Thursday alone features Lee Daniels (creator of Empire), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, showing at the festival), and Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight). Also appearing at the festival: Matthew Mc ...
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New on video: Viggo Mortensen is at his best in 'Captain Fantastic'
LATimes - 4 months
New on Blu-ray “Captain Fantastic” (Universal DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98; also available on VOD) Viggo Mortensen gives one of the best performances of 2016 in writer-director Matt Ross’ family drama “Captain Fantastic,” playing Ben Cash, a leftist backwoods survivalist raising  half a dozen kids...
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New on video: Viggo Mortensen is at his best in 'Captain Fantastic'
LATimes - 4 months
New on Blu-ray “Captain Fantastic” (Universal DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98; also available on VOD) Viggo Mortensen gives one of the best performances of 2016 in writer-director Matt Ross’ family drama “Captain Fantastic,” playing Ben Cash, a leftist backwoods survivalist raising  half a dozen kids...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Viggo Mortensen
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 53
    In a 2012 interview, he denied that he ever said he was retiring, only that he didn't have "plans to do another movie" at the time and that he was "taking a little break now.
    More Details Hide Details I don’t have anything lined up.”
  • 2011
    Age 52
    Mortensen was a good friend of Icelandic painter Georg Guðni Hauksson up until his death in 2011.
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    After two decades, Mortensen returned to theatre in 2011, starring in Ariel Dorfman's Purgatorio in Madrid.
    More Details Hide Details With part of his earnings from The Lord of the Rings, Mortensen founded the Perceval Press publishing house—named after the knight from the legend of King Arthur—to help other artists by publishing works that might not find a home in more traditional publishing venues. Perceval Press is also the home of Viggo's many personal artistic projects in the area of fine arts, photography, poetry, song, and literature (see below). Mortensen is also an author, with various books of poetry, photography, and painting published. His bibliography includes: Mortensen is a painter and photographer. His paintings are frequently abstract and often contain fragments of his poetry in them. His paintings have been featured in galleries worldwide, and many of the paintings of the artist he portrayed in A Perfect Murder are his own. Mortensen experiments with his poetry and music by mixing the two art forms. He has collaborated with guitarist Buckethead on several albums, mostly released on his own label (Perceval Press) or TDRS Music. Viggo was first introduced to Buckethead's work while working on sounds for an educational CD on Greek mythology. The finished product included a guitar part by Buckethead, which caught Viggo's ear and led him to initiate contact with the guitarist. The collaboration grew from there.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    On April 16, 2010, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    He was one of the signees of the "Toronto Declaration" protesting against spotlighting Tel-Aviv at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Mortensen has owned property in northern Sandpoint, Idaho, and spends time there when not filming movies. In an interview with Bill Maher, Mortensen confirmed that he smoked marijuana. Mortensen authorizes a line of custom-made Swedish and American knives sold under his name. Alongside anthropologists Federico Bossert and Diego Villar, Viggo Mortensen made several works related to ethnography of natives in South America, specifically in Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Some of the published books, co-authored by Viggo Mortensen are:
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, he held a sign supporting the New York Giants.
    In 2009 he joined the cast of The Road, a film adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, and collaborated with David Cronenberg for a third time on A Dangerous Method.
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    While it was reported in April 2009 that Mortensen had, at least temporarily, retired from film acting, Mortensen said he was misquoted.
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    In 2009, Mortensen performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.
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    In 2009, Mortensen appeared as himself in the film Reclaiming The Blade, in which he discussed his passion for the sword and his sword-work in films such as The Lord of the Rings and Alatriste.
    More Details Hide Details Mortensen also talked about his work with Bob Anderson, the swordmaster on The Lord of the Rings, Alatriste, Pirates of the Caribbean and many others.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 48
    In September 2007, the film Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg, was released to critical acclaim for the film itself and for Mortensen's performance as a Russian gangster on the rise in London.
    More Details Hide Details His nude fight scene in a steam room was applauded by Roger Ebert: "Years from now, it will be referred to as a benchmark." Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises resulted in his winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film award from the British Independent Film Awards. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • 2006
    Age 47
    In 2006, he starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in the Spanish language film Alatriste, based on the series of novels The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, written by the Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
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  • 2005
    Age 46
    In 2005, Mortensen starred in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for this role. In the DVD extras for A History of Violence, Cronenberg related that Mortensen is the only actor he had come across who would come back from weekends with his family with items he had bought to use as props on the set.
  • 2004
    Age 45
    In 2004, Mortensen starred as Frank Hopkins in Hidalgo, the story of an ex-army courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous desert race for a contest prize.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 33
    Mortensen and Cervenka separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2009, he has been in a relationship with the Spanish actress Ariadna Gil. Mortensen is a fan of 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 Fulham FC, Turkish side Besiktas after attending games whilst shooting The Two Faces of January in Turkey, and both the Argentine and Danish national teams. 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    On January 28, 1988, Cervenka gave birth to a son, Henry Blake Mortensen.
    More Details Hide Details Mortensen and Cervenka lived in Idaho for three years.
  • 1987
    Age 28
    The couple married on July 8, 1987.
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    In 1987, Mortensen guest starred as a corrupt police detective on the hit series Miami Vice.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1990s, Mortensen appeared in supporting roles in a variety of films, including Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, Young Guns II, Prison, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, Carl Colpaert's The Crew, which won the São Paulo Film Festival Audience Award, Brian de Palma's Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane, Daylight, A Walk on the Moon, American Yakuza, Charles Robert Carner's remake Vanishing Point, Philip Ridley's films The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, the remake films A Perfect Murder and Gus Van Sant's Psycho (the 1998 remakes of two Alfred Hitchcock's movies Dial M for Murder and Psycho), 28 Days, and The Prophecy, with Christopher Walken. Of these roles, Mortensen was probably best known for playing Master Chief John Urgayle in G.I. Jane.
    Mortensen's 1987 performance in Bent at the Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, won him a Dramalogue Critics' Award.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, the play, about homosexual concentration camp prisoners, was originally brought to prominence by Ian McKellen, with whom Mortensen later costarred in The Lord of the Rings.
  • 1985
    Age 26
    Also in 1985, he was cast in the role of Bragg on Search for Tomorrow.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details Mortensen received international attention 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 a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. A third teaming with Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method (2011) resulted in a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture. Other well-received films have included Appaloosa (2008), the 2009 film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, and Far from Men, an adaptation of Albert Camus' short story The Guest. 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.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    He then attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish Studies and Politics in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Afterward, he went to Europe and lived in Spain, England, and Denmark where he took various jobs such as driving trucks in Esbjerg and selling flowers in Copenhagen. He returned to the United States to pursue an acting career. Mortensen made his first film appearance playing an Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (Mortensen had actually acted in at least one prior film, The Purple Rose of Cairo, but his scenes were deleted from the final cuts).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 17
    At the age of 11, his parents divorced and he returned to New York with his mother, where he spent the rest of his childhood, graduating from Watertown High School in Watertown, New York in 1976.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Mortensen was born October 20, 1958, in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Grace Gamble, was American, and his father, Viggo Peter Mortensen Sr., is Danish; the two met in Norway. His maternal grandfather was from Nova Scotia, Canada, and his maternal grandmother's family was from New England. The family moved to Venezuela, then Denmark, and eventually settled in Argentina in the provinces of Córdoba, Chaco, and Buenos Aires, where he attended primary school and acquired a fluent proficiency in Spanish while his father managed poultry farms and ranches.
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