Fast Facts

  • Speaks English, Spanish and Danish; his father is Danish, his mother American, and the family lived in South America for several years when he was young.
  • Made his film debut as an Amish farmer in 1985's Witness.
  • Appeared with his son and then-wife as a homeless family in the 1994 comedy Floundering.
  • His paintings were featured the 1998 thriller A Perfect Murder, in which he portrayed an artist.
  • His son Henry convinced him to accept the role of Aragorn in the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Formed the independent publishing company Perceval Press in 2002.
  • Has published his own works of photography, painting and poetry, and has recorded several jazz albums.

Awards

  • 2015, Bodil Awards — Honorary Bodil: Winner
  • 2011, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2007, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 2007, Goya Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Walter Mortensen — Brother
  • Grace Atkinson — Mother
  • Henry Mortensen — Son
  • Charles Mortensen — Brother
  • Exene Cervenka — Ex-wife
  • Viggo P. Mortensen Sr. — Father

College

  • St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (BA in Spanish and Government, 1980)

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  • Birth Name: Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: October 20, 1958, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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