The now fifty-nine-year-old Danish-American has been working as an actor for more than three decades. He started out playing supporting roles in numerous films, including Portrait of a Lady, Crimson Tide, A Perfect Murder and Psycho. He became an international star however, when he was cast as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novels. He played Aragorn in all three films.
After spending three years in New Zealand whilst filming The Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen took on different roles in various films such as Hidalgo and A History of Violence. His performance in Eastern Promises earned him a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. He was nominated for an Academy Award for a second time in 2017 for playing the lead in the very successful independent film Captain Fantastic.
Besides working as an actor, Viggo is also a keen music and literature enthusiast and a passionate horseman. When filming for The Lord of the Rings trilogy finished, he decided to buy "his" film horse Uraeus, as they had become quite a team! He also adopted the horse he rode in the film Hidalgo once production was over.