Viggo Mortensen to star in 'Captain Fantastic'

Viggo Mortensen to star in 'Captain Fantastic'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) --Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty will join Viggo Mortensen in "Captain Fantastic," a comedy set in the Pacific Northwest.
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Viggo Mortensen thrills in 'The Two Faces of January' trailer [VIDEO]

Viggo Mortensen thrills in 'The Two Faces of January' trailer [VIDEO]

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst have something to hide in new trailer for "The Two Faces of January."

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'Help,' 'Moneyball' score Globe nods

'Help,' 'Moneyball' score Globe nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- "The Descendants," "The Help," "Hugo," "The Ides of March," "Moneyball" and "War Horse" were tapped for the Best Drama Golden Globe in Los Angeles Thursday.

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Mortensen says dark works focus attention

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Viggo Mortensen says his involvement in the dark movies, "Good" and "The Road," have helped him focus on the important things in life.
Day-Lewis wins best actor Oscar

Day-Lewis wins best actor Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor Oscar in Los Angeles Sunday for his portrayal of a self-made oil tycoon in "There Will Be Blood."

80th Academy Awards ceremony under way

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The 80th Academy Awards show, which honors the year's best in film, is under way at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Stars planning to attend Oscars lunch

BEVERLY HILLS , Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Oscar nominees George Clooney, Viggo Mortensen, Julie Christie, Laura Linney and Ellen Page are set to attend an upcoming Hollywood luncheon in their honor.
Day-Lewis plays oil tycoon in 'Blood'

Day-Lewis plays oil tycoon in 'Blood'

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- British actor Daniel Day-Lewis said he signed on to play a U.S. oil tycoon in "There Will Be Blood" because the character's life is so different from his own.

'Atonement' earns 14 BAFTA nods

LONDON , Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The period drama "Atonement" led the field when nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards were announced Wednesday.

Theron signs up for 'Road' trip

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning South African actress Charlize Theron is reportedly set to co-star with Viggo Mortensen in the new big-screen drama "The Road."

'Into the Wild' grabs four SAG award nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Sean Penn's Alaskan adventure tale "Into the Wild" was nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Thursday.

'Control' wins big at British indie awards

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- "Control" was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony held at the Roundhouse in London Wednesday night.
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Viggo Mortensen
Cast member Viggo Mortensen attends a screening of the film "The Road" in Los Angeles on November 4, 2009. UPI/ Phil McCarten

Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. (born October 20, 1958) is an American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter.

His film roles include Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Frank T. Hopkins in Hidalgo, Tom Stall in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, and his Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominated role as Nikolai Luzhin in Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. He also stars in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road as "The Man".

Mortensen was born in New York City. His American mother, Grace Gamble (née Atkinson), and Danish father, Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr., met in Norway. His maternal grandfather was from Nova Scotia, Canada. His family moved to Venezuela, Denmark, and Argentinian cities Córdoba and Buenos Aires, where he learned Spanish. His father managed chicken farms and ranches in Argentina. They remained there until Mortensen was eleven, when his parents divorced and his mother moved back to New York. He moved with his father to Copenhagen, Denmark. Mortensen and his father eventually went back to the United States, where he graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown, New York. After high school, he returned to Denmark and became a truck driver in Esbjerg, Denmark, before again returning to the United States to pursue an acting career. He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish. He chose that subject because he could get good grades without a lot of study, leaving him free to be in a lot of plays. At his commencement, he refused to wear an academic gown because they were made by sweatshop workers. However, after the Lord of the Rings trilogy, when he was granted an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, he did appear in the appropriate robes.

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