Biography of Viggo MortensenViggo Mortensen is a talented actor, photographer, publisher, and musician. He has become famous for his role as Aragorn in the trilogy The Lord of the Rings. He is nominated for Oscar for Best Actor in the movie Eastern Promises.
Viggo Mortensen’s ChildhoodThe future actor was born in a rather unusual family in New York City. His mother was American, his father was Danish, his grandfather was from Nova Scotia (Canada), and his grandmother was from New England. Viggo also had two younger brothers.
The boy got into trouble at school. So, during the celebration of Halloween in 1977, he broke his lip, and then he had a scar. Later, the actor admitted that he was quite drunk, and he did not even need anesthesia in the hospital.
Viggo Mortensen’s Acting CareerAfter graduating from the University, Viggo Mortensen began to travel. For a while, he had lived in Denmark, Spain, and England, working as an elevator operator, a waiter, a driver and even a seller of flowers. But in 1982, he went back to the USA, where he began his acting career.
It seemed that it was quite simple: first, to travel around Europe and experiment with different professions, and then to come to Hollywood and become a star. In fact, his path to Olympus took twenty years of hard work (before the release of the first part of The Lord of the Rings in 2001).
For two years, Viggo studied at the drama school of Warren Robertson, playing simultaneously in the theater. Viggo began his acting career with Broadway productions in the early 1980s. But his first works were not very successful. Most of the movies with his participation (1985-1995 years) were low-level and did not bring much income.
Viggo Mortensen and The Lord of the Rings: His Career RiseShooting in The Lord of the Rings became the star time of Viggo Mortensen. The actor got the role of Aragorn quite by accident. The director Peter Jackson canceled the participation of Stuart Townsend in the project, considering him too young, and suggested Viggo this role. But the actor found it quite difficult to decide, because it required going to New Zealand for a year, being away from his home and family. Besides, he had never read the books of John Tolkien, and therefore he had to work hard, studying his character. It was not surprising that Mortensen's son convinced him to agree to participate in this project.
Mortensen continued acting, though not very often. In 2014, he starred in three movies, including The Two Faces of January (with Kirsten Dunst). This movie is based on Patricia Highsmith’s book and directed by Hossein Amini.