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Viggo Mortensen Biography

Birth Name:
Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2018Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2018Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2017Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2017BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2016Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2007Goya Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2007Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2007Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships

  • Charles Mortensen -- Brother
  • Walter Mortensen -- Brother
  • Viggo P. Mortensen Sr. -- Father
  • Grace Atkinson -- Mother
  • Henry Mortensen -- Son