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Viggo Mortensen – American actor. Nominated for “Oscar” award. The most outstanding films with his participation – “Eastern Promises,” “Lord of the Rings,” “A Perfect Murder” and “Hidalgo: The chase in the desert.”
Born October 20, 1958 in New York, the son of an American and a Dane. In 1960 the couple moved to South America, nine years of childhood of the future actor took place in Argentina and Venezuela, so that he had mastered the Spanish language. In 1969 the couple divorced, and Viggo was back with her mother in New York. In school, he was seriously engaged in tennis, was captain of the swim team, and was fond of photography.
After graduating in 1980, the University of St. Lawrence Mortensen went to Denmark (he often spent holidays on the farm of his grandfather). At that time, he worked as a waiter then, the manufacturer of colors, the truck driver. Two years later, Viggo returned to the US. He thought about the career of the actor, began attending the school of acting Warren Robertson, participated in theater productions. In the movie, he made his debut in 1985 with small roles in the film “Witness” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” Then came a few years of silence, work in little-known films. Shooting the film “Salvation” actor met with the singer of punk rock band Eksen Tservenka. Soon after they were married, in 1988, the couple had a son. In the 1990s, Mortensen starred in popular films “Carlito’s Way,” “Crimson Tide,” “Daylight,” “Prophecy,” “A Perfect Murder” and “GI Jane.” His partners on the set made by Hollywood stars: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Nicole Kidman and Demi Moore.
In 1996, the year Mortensen broke up with his wife, but kept her good attitude and took an active part in the upbringing of his son. His acting career slowly went up the hill. He noted in the film “28 Days,” “Hidalgo: The chase in the desert”, but the real breakthrough was the role of Aragorn in the famous trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien novel. The film won numerous awards, the critics, the press and the audience did not escape his attention and Mortensen. He received many interesting proposals from filmmakers. The actor starred in the film “A History of rigidity” David Cronenberg, “Appaloosa”, “Road”, “Eastern Promises” (nominated for “Oscar”), in preparation for which has spent some time in Russia. Recent work bright Viggo – “A Dangerous Method” and “On the Road”.
Mortensen – very versatile creative person. He continues to work in photography, which became interested in the school. Through a friend, actor Dennis Hopper, he gave in 2000, his first photo exhibition. In addition, Viggo paints pictures, got his own studio, he founded the publishing house Perceval Press to print non-commercial works, where at the same time published a book with poems and stories of his own. Mortensen finds time for music: jazz plays the piano, sings and has released several albums with his songs.