Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (born October 20, 1958) is a Danish-American actor, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter. He made his film debut in a small role in Peter Weir’s 1985 thriller Witness. He received international attention in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic fantasy adventure trilogy The Lord of the Rings. In 2002, he founded the Perceval Press to publish the works of little-known artists and authors.
About Viggo Mortensen in brief
Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (born October 20, 1958) is a Danish-American actor, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter. Mortensen made his film debut in a small role in Peter Weir’s 1985 thriller Witness. He received international attention in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic fantasy adventure trilogy The Lord of the Rings. He is the recipient of various accolades including a Screen Actors Guild Award and has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. In 2002, he founded the Perceval Press to publish the works of little-known artists and authors. He has appeared in several notable films since, including The Indian Runner, Carlito’s Way, Crimson Tide, Daylight, The Portrait of a Lady, G. I. Jane, A Perfect Murder, A Walk on the Moon, and 28 Days. He also appeared in supporting roles in Jane Campion, Boiling Point, Young Guns II, The Young Americans, The Crew, which won the São Paulo Film Festival Audience Award, Brian de Palma’s Carlito’s Way, and The Passion of the Passion of The Dark, The Darkly Noonly remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for his acting in David Cronenberg’s crime thriller A History of Violence. Two years later, another Cronenberg film, Eastern Promises, earned him further critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. A third teaming with Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method resulted in a nominations for the Golden Globe Award for best supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his portrayal of Sigmund Freud.
In 2007, he starred in the film adaptation of The Godfather: Part II, in which he played the lead role of Jesus Christ. In 2009, he appeared in the movie adaptation of Fahrenheit 9/11, starring alongside Amy Adams and Robert Redford. In 2012, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or drama for his role in The Lego Movie. In 2013, he won a BAFTA Award for his performance in The LEGO Movie: The Movie. He was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture for the film Captain Fantastic and Green Book, the latter of which won for best picture. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with his wife and two children. He previously lived in Venezuela, then Denmark, and eventually settled in Argentina in the provinces of Córdoba, Chaco, and Buenos Aires, where Mortensen attended primary school and acquired a fluent proficiency in Spanish while his father managed poultry farms and ranches. His maternal grandfather was a Canadian from Nova Scotia, and one of his grandmothers was from Trondheim, Norway. His father was American, while his mother was Danish; they met in Norway. He spent the rest of his childhood in New York, graduating from St. Lawrence University in Canton, earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish studies.