Viggo Mortensen

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Viggo Mortensen (born October 20, 1958 in New York City), is a Danish-American theater and movie actor, a published poet, photographer and painter. He has a son, Henry Blake Mortensen, with his ex-wife Christine Cervenka (aka "Exene").

He is best known for his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He was a last-minute replacement for the role, and wouldn't have taken the part if it hadn't been for his son's enthusiasm for J. R. R. Tolkien's trilogy.

After several years of experience in live theater, he began his movie career playing an Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness. He has also appeared in Jane Campion's film The Portrait of a Lady, Sean Penn's Indian Runner, Brian DePalma's Carlito's Way, Tony Scott's Crimson Tide, Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane, Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon and Philip Ridley's Reflecting Skin.

Mortensen's performance in Bent at the Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, won him a Dramalogue Critics' Award.

Mortensen's bibliography includes

His marriage in 1987 to punk rocker Exene (Christene) Cervenka, ended in an amicable divorce in 1998. They have a son, Henry, born in 1988. [1] (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0614042viggo1.html)

Mortensen spent some childhood years in Venezuela, Argentina, and his father's native Denmark, before returning to high school in Watertown, New York (where he was captain of the swim team). He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1980. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Danish. Because of his role as Aragorn, many fans of Stephen King's Dark Tower series believe that he would be equally as heroic as King's lead character, Roland of Gilead, in King's Dark Tower series.

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