Viggo Mortensen is an actor, author, producer, photographer, musician, and painter of Danish-American origin having a net worth of million dollars in 2017. He is best known as Aragorn in the epic trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”.
Apart from this, he is very well known for his following movies which earned him nominations at the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. His character in the Captain Fantastic, a comedy-drama of 2016 was nominated at the Oscars.
Biography & Wiki
Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. was born on 20th October 1958 in the New York City. His father was from Denmark while his mother was an American. His family has moved to different places; they first went to Venezuela, followed by Denmark and then got settled in Argentina where Mortensen went to primary school.
After his parents got divorced when he was 11, he moved to New York with his mother and graduated from Watertown High School in 1976. In 1980, he got a degree in Spanish literature and culture, and politics from St. Lawrence University. He went to England, Spain, Denmark, and Copenhagen where he did several odd jobs. He then decided to pursue a career n acting and therefore returned to the U.S.
Mortensen got married to an actress Exene Cervenka in July 1988 and had a son. They got divorced in 1997. In 2009, he hooked up with a Spanish actress, Ariadna Gil and they continue to be together.
In the early 1980s, Mortensen returned to New York and worked as waiter and bartender and took acting classes simultaneously. He later moved to Los Angeles and performed in a Coast Playhouse “Bent” which earned him a Critic’s Award.
His first movie was Witness in 1985 and many others notable movies followed, like The Indian Runner, Carlito’s Way, Portrait of a Lady, A perfect murder and 28 Days. His breakthrough was Lord of the Rings in 1999 in which he played Aragorn. He remained in all its sequels from 2001 to 2003. His following movies include Hidalgo in 2004, David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence in 2005 and a crime-drama Eastern Promises in 2007.
In 2009, he was seen as himself in “Reclaiming the Blade” where he discussed his sword-work in previous films. The same year he performed in a documentary film, The People Speak. In 2011, he collaborated with his previous director, Cronenberg for the third time to work in “A Dangerous Method.”
After flourishing career in acting, he took some time off for his other projects he had a passion for. He launched his own publishing press which he uses to publish his personal poetry, photography, and literature. He put an end to his acting break with a comedy slam, Captain Fantastic in 2016 which was an Oscar Nominee.
Awards & achievements
Some of the numerous awards won by the actor are- Best Actor at the British Independent Film in 2007 for “Eastern Promises”, Career Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival, Icon Award at Empire Awards, Best Supporting Role by Genie Award for “A Dangerous Method” and innumerable Best Ensemble awards for “Lord of the Rings”. In 2017, he won the Best Actor nomination at the 89th Academy Awards for “Captain Fantastic.”
Net worth of Viggo Mortensen
The actor’s net worth is $30 million, a major part of which is earned by acting. Besides, he also sings. He sings a couple of songs for Lord of the Rings soundtracks, of which he only composed the music. He has worked with Buckethead guitarist on different albums. His creative niche included painting and photography which have been featured in the galleries globally.
Mortensen knows several languages out of which he is fluent in Danish, French and Spanish, but understands Italian, Norwegian and Swedish. He also holds dual citizenship, for America and Denmark. He states that he feels more expressive while speaking Spanish.