Currently alive, at 63 years of age.
1958 – Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. born on the 20th of October in New York City, although he spent his childhood years in Argentina, and his father’s native Denmark, before returning to high school in Watertown, New York (where he was captain of the swim team). Mortensen is a Danish-American theater and movie actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter.
1980 – He graduated from St. Lawrence University.
1987 – Performed in Bent at the Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, won him a Dramalogue Critics’ Award. Coincidentally, the play, about homosexual concentration camp prisoners, was originally brought to prominence by Sir Ian McKellen, with whom Mortensen later co-starred in The Lord of the Rings.
2004 – He starred as Frank Hopkins in Hidalgo, the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize.
2005 – Starred in David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence. He was nominated for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for this role.
2006 – He starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in Alatriste, a Spanish film based in the series of novels The Adventures of Captain Alatriste written by the Spanish writer Arturo Perez-Reverte. This is the most expensive Spanish-language film ever made.