Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

  • Highest Rated: 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Fresh Horses (1988)
  • Birthday: Oct 20, 1958
  • Birthplace: New York City, NY
  • Critically acclaimed actor Viggo Mortensen made his feature-film debut playing Alexander Godunov's Amish brother in Witness (1985). The suave, handsome actor has subsequently portrayed a wide variety of characters, often unapologetic bad boys, opposite some of Hollywood's most popular actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Demi Moore, and Nicole Kidman.Born in New York City, on October 20, 1958, to an American mother and a Danish father, Mortensen spent his first years in Manhattan and the rest of his youth living in Argentina, Venezuela, and Denmark. Returning to Manhattan in the early '80s, he studied acting at Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop and then embarked upon a stage career before moving to Los Angeles. There, he earned a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in a Coast Playhouse production of Bent and became a familiar figure on the L.A. punk scene (something that was aided by his brief marriage to Exene Cervenka, lead singer of the punk band X). Following his debut in Witness, Mortensen began working steadily in a number of diverse films, becoming a familiar but not instantly recognizable face to filmgoers. He did some of his more memorable work as a series of louts and villains, in such films as The Indian Runner (1991, written and directed by Sean Penn), which cast him as David Morse's morally questionable brother; Carlito's Way (1993), in which he played a paraplegic ex-con who tries to snitch on Al Pacino; and The Prophecy (aka God's Army) (1995), which required the actor, in the role of Lucifer, to rip out Christopher Walken's heart and then eat it. Mortensen finally attained a greater measure of recognition with his smoldering portrayal of one of Isabel Archer's (Nicole Kidman) suitors in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady. He then made another strong impression as Demi Moore's rough, tough, and buff training instructor in G.I. Jane (1997) and, the following year, he was one of the few redeeming features of A Perfect Murder, in which he supplied sexy menace (as well as his own art work) as Gwyneth Paltrow's murderous artist lover. He allowed his softer side to come through in Tony Goldwyn's acclaimed A Walk on the Moon (1999), which cast him as the hippie lover of a dissatisfied housewife (Diane Lane) in Woodstock-era upstate New York. His more romantic side was again in evidence in the romantic drama 28 Days (2000), in which he played recovering party girl Sandra Bullock's rehab honey. Replacing Irish actor Stuart Townsend in the role of Aragorn shortly after production had begun on director Peter Jackson's eagerly anticipated film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Mortensen secured a strong screen presence through 2003, with the release of the trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King. In 2004, he proved that he could carry a film on his own when he starred as Wild West adventurer Frank T. Hopkins in the horse-racing period film Hidalgo. In 2005, the actor won critical raves when he headlined the visceral David Cronenberg crime thriller A History of Violence, vis-a-vis Ed Harris and William Hurt; as Tom Stall, a seemingly open-faced small-town Hoosier whose dark and brutal past comes to light during a diner robbery, Mortensen lent the film a great deal of momentum and held audiences rapt. History received two Academy Award nominations, though Mortensen failed to net one for Best Actor.Mortensen returned to period adventures in 2006 when he played the titular solider-turned-mercenary in Agustín Díaz Yanes' Spanish-language film Alatriste, set during Spain's 16th century imperial wars. In 2007 Mortensen teamed up for a second time with David Cornenberg, playing a Russian mob enforcer in Eastern Promises. His impressive work in the film garnered him strong reviews as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Unfortunately for Mortensen, that year brought some stiff competition in the form of Daniel Day Lewis, who ultimately took home the award for his p

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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78% Green Book Tony Lip 2018
82% Captain Fantastic Ben $5.9M 2016
84% Far from Men Daru Producer 2015
88% Jauja Captain Gunnar Dinesen Producer 2015
80% The Two Faces of January Chester MacFarland $1.7M 2014
34% Everybody Has a Plan Producer Agustín/Pedro 2013
45% On the Road Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs $0.7M 2012
78% A Dangerous Method Sigmund Freud $5.8M 2011
No Score Yet Poe Actor 2011
73% The Road Man $8.1M 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak Actor 2009
No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade Actor 2008
76% Appaloosa Everett Hitch $20.2M 2008
28% Slacker Uprising Actor 2008
32% Good John Halder 2008
89% Eastern Promises Nickolai $17.2M 2007
No Score Yet Alatriste Alatriste 2006
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata Actor 2006
87% A History of Violence Tom Stall $31.6M 2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans Actor 2005
46% Hidalgo Frank Hopkins $67.3M 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans Actor 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Aragorn $364.1M 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Aragorn $339.8M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Aragorn $314.1M 2001
32% 28 Days Eddie 2000
72% A Walk on the Moon Walker Jerome 1999
38% Psycho Sam Loomis 1998
56% A Perfect Murder David Shaw 1998
No Score Yet La Pistola de mi hermano (My Brother's Gun) Juanito 1997
52% G.I. Jane Master Chief John Urgayle 1997
No Score Yet Vanishing Point James Kowalski 1997
45% The Portrait of a Lady Caspar Goodwood 1996
25% Daylight Roy Nord 1996
50% Albino Alligator Guy 1996
43% The Prophecy Lucifer 1995
No Score Yet The Crew Phillip 1995
17% The Passion of Darkly Noon Clay 1995
88% Crimson Tide Lt. Peter Ince 1995
No Score Yet Gimlet Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Harry Wes 1994
67% Floundering Homeless Man 1994
No Score Yet American Yakuza Nick Davis/David Brandt 1993
33% The Young Americans Fraser 1993
No Score Yet Ruby Cairo Actor 1993
No Score Yet Deception Johnny 1993
18% Boiling Point Ronnie 1993
81% Carlito's Way Lalin 1993
74% The Indian Runner Frank Roberts 1991
35% Young Guns II John W. Poe 1990
19% Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Eddie 'Tex' Sawyer 1990
No Score Yet Tripwire Hans 1990
86% The Reflecting Skin Cameron Dove 1990
0% Fresh Horses Green 1988
40% Prison Burke / Forsythe Electrocution 1988
No Score Yet Salvation Jerome Stample 1987
92% Witness Moses Hochleitner 1985

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No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
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  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Conan
2010
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  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2005

QUOTES FROM Viggo Mortensen CHARACTERS

Aragorn
For Frodo.
Jimmy Kowalski
I guess I don't trust things that don't come with a repair manuel.
Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs
Dean does not feel responsibility towards others. He does not know the concept. Then again, he feels others have some mysterious obligation to support him.
Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs
Dean does not feel responsibility towards others. He does not know the concept. Then again, he feels others have some mysterious obligation to support him.
Sigmund Freud
[voice over] Your letter cannot be answered. Your claim that I treat my friends like patients is self evidently untrue. As to which of us is the neurotic, I thought on this we agreed that a little neurosis was nothing whatever to be ashamed of. But a man like you, who behaves quite abnormally and then stands there shouting at the top of his voice how normal he is, does give considerable cause for concern. For a long time now, our relationship has been hanging by a thread, and a thread moreover, mostly consisting of past disappointments. We have nothing to lose by cutting it.
Sigmund Freud
Your letter cannot be answered. Your claim that I treat my friends like patients is self evidently untrue. As to which of us is the neurotic, I thought on this we agreed that a little neurosis was nothing whatever to be ashamed of. But a man like you, who behaves quite abnormally and then stands there shouting at the top of his voice how normal he is, does give considerable cause for concern. For a long time now, our relationship has been hanging by a thread, and a thread moreover, mostly consisting of past disappointments. We have nothing to lose by cutting it.
Carl Jung
There are so many mysteries, so much further to go.
Sigmund Freud
Please, we can't be too careful! We can't afford to wonder into these speculative areas. Telepathy! Singing bookcases! Fairies at the bottom of the garden. It won't do! It won't do.
Sigmund Freud
Pity, I should never have sent Otto Gross to you. I blame myself.
Carl Jung
Well I'm very grateful you did. All those provocative discussions helped crystallize my thinking.
Sigmund Freud
Is she a virgin?
Carl Jung
Yes, certainly.
Sigmund Freud
Mm.
Carl Jung
Almost certainly.
Carl Jung
No. Certainly.
Roy Nord
It's exhausting being me.
Tom Stall
Jesus, Richie.
Aragorn
My friends... you bow to no one.
Aragorn
My friends, you bow to no one.
Boromir
It is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this Ring? Long has my father, the steward of Gondor kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy, let us use it against him!
Aragorn
You cannot wield it! None of us can! The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master.
Boromir
And what would a Ranger know of this matter?
Legolas
This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance.
Aragorn
I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!
Aragorn
This is beyond my skills; he needs Elven medicine.
Elrond
I give hope to men.
Aragorn
I keep none for myself.
The Boy
Because we're the good guys.
The Man
Yes.
The Boy
And we're carrying the fire.
The Man
Yes
The Man
Yes.
The Boy
Are we still the good guys?
The Man
Yes, we're still the good guys. Of course we are.
The Boy
And we always will be? No matter what happens?
The Man
Always will.
The Man
The clocks stopped at one seventeen. There was a long shear of bright light, then a series of low concussions. I think it's October but I can't be sure. I haven't kept a calender for years. Each day is more gray than the one before. It is cold and growing colder as the world slowly dies. No animals have survived, and all the crops are long gone. Someday all the trees in the world will fall. The roads are peopled by refugees towing carts, and gangs carrying weapons, looking for fuel and food.
Moses Hochleitner
No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
Aragorn
We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let's hunt some orc.
Gimli
Yes!!
Gimli
Yes!
Aragorn
I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day. This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth.
Aragorn
You draw too much attention to yourself, 'Mister Underhill'. [shoves Frodo into a vacant room]
Frodo Baggins
What do you want?
Aragorn
A little more caution from you, that's no trinket you carry.
Frodo Baggins
I carry nothing.
Aragorn
Indeed. I can avoid being seen, if I wish, but to disappear entirely, that is a rare gift.
Otto Gross
It seems to me the measure of the true perversity of the human race, that one of us have very few have lively pleasurable image of the subject of so much hysteria and impression.
Carl Jung
But not to repress yourself is to unleash all kinds of dangerous and destructive forces.
Otto Gross
Our job is to make our patients capable of feeling.
Carl Jung
I've heard it said that you helped one of your patients to kill herself.
Otto Gross
She was reasonably suicidal, I just explained how she could do it without watching it. Then I asked her is she didn't prefer the idea of becoming my lover. She opted for both.
Carl Jung
That can't be what we want for our patients.
Sigmund Freud
Freedom is freedom.
The Man
if he is not the word of God, then God never spoke.
The Man
If he is not the word of God, then God never spoke.
Legolas
They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!
Aragorn
Saruman!
Master Chief John Urgayle
"A bird will fall frozen, dead from a bough, before...ever...feeling..sorry for itself."
Master Chief John Urgayle
A bird will fall frozen, dead from a bough, before...ever...feeling...sorry for itself.
Aragorn
You cannot give me this.
Arwen
It is mine to give to whom I will, like my heart.
Sigmund Freud
100 years from now they still won't accept us
Sigmund Freud
100 years from now they still won't accept us.
The Man
Do you ever wish you would die?
Old Man
No. It's foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.
The Gang Member
You ain't gonna shoot that thing. You ain't got but two shells. Maybe one. And they'll hear the shot.
The Man
Maybe. But you won't. Because that bullet will be through your head and in your brain before you can hear it. To hear it, you'll need a frontal lobe, and things with names like "colliculus" and "temporal gyrus". And you won't have 'em anymore, because they'll just be soup.
The Gang Member
You a doctor?
The Man
I'm not anything.
The Man
You think I won't kill you? You're wrong.
The Gang Member
You know what I think? I think you're chicken-shit. You never killed a man in your life.
The Man
If I were God, I would have made the world just so and no different. And so I have you... I have you.
The Man
You have to keep carrying the fire.
The Boy
What fire?
The Man
The fire inside you.
The Man
You look at him again, I'll shoot you in the head.
The Gang Member
That boy looks hungry. Why don't ya'll come on to the truck? Get you somethin' to eat. Ain't no need to be such a hard-ass.
The Man
You don't have anything to eat.
Sigmund Freud
Of course, there is added difficulty, more ammunition for our enemies, that all of us here in Vienna, in our psychoanalytical circle, are Jews.
Carl Jung
I don't see what difference that makes.
Sigmund Freud
That, if I may say so, is an exquisitely Protestant remark.
The Voice
I've been waiting for you for a long time. Oh, how I've waited for you.
Jimmy Kowalski
Yeah? Since when? Where?
The Voice
Oh, everywhere. Everywhere and since forever. Patiently. Patiently. That's the only way to wait for somebody.
Aragorn
I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day. This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth
Aragorn
Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come where the courage of men fails... when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day... an hour of wolves and shattered sheilds, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! ! ! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand men of the west!
Aragorn
Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come where the courage of men fails... when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day... an hour of wolves and shattered sheilds, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand men of the west!
Aragorn
My dear friends... you bow to no one.
Sigmund Freud
We are all Jews.
Lucifer
"Leave a light on, Thomas."
Lucifer
Leave a light on, Thomas.
Sigmund Freud
[from trailer] Tell me about the first time you can remember being beaten by your father.
Sabina Spielrein
It excited me!
Haldir
I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between elves and men. Long ago we fought and died together. We've come to honor that allegiance.
Haldir
I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between elves and men. Long ago we fought and died together. We've come to honor that allegiance.
Aragorn
Mae govannen, Haldir! (Welcome Haldir)
Aragorn
Mae govannen, Haldir! [welcome Haldir]
Aragorn
[Embraces Haldir] You are most welcome.
Aragorn
[embraces Haldir] You are most welcome.
Aragorn
Gentlemen, we do not stop 'till nightfall.
Pippin
What about breakfast?
Aragorn
Haven't you had that already?
Pippin
We've had one yes. What about second breakfast?
Gandalf
How do we know that Frodo is alive?
Aragorn
We have time. Every day Frodo moves closer to Mordor.
Aragorn
What does your heart tell you?
Gandalf
Do we know that?
Gandalf
He is alive. Yes, he is alive
Aragorn
What does your heart tell you?
Gandalf
That Frodo is alive. Yes. Yes, he's alive.
Gimli
Aragorn, toss me.
Gimli
Toss me.
Aragorn
What?
Gimli
Toss me.
Aragorn
Huh?
Gimli
I CAN'T JUMP THE DISTANCE, YOU HAVE TO TOSS ME!
Gimli
I cannot jump the distance, you'll have to toss me. [pauses, looks up at Aragorn]
Aragorn
Very well.
Gimli
Don't tell the elf.
Gimli
Oh, and uh, Don't tell the elf.
Aragorn
Not a word.
Aragorn
You have my word.
Aragorn
Sons of Gondor - of Rohan . . . my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come when the courage of Men fails; when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day - an hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the Age of Man comes crashing down - but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth - I bid you stand! Men of the West!
Aragorn
Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand! Men of the West!
Aragorn
I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.
Aragorn
[closing Frodo's hand around the Ring] I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.
Aragorn
For Frodo. [He charges out towards the remaining army of Mordor alone. Merry and Pippin raise their swords and yell then charge. The rest of the soldiers do the same and soon overtake Merry and Pippin]
Aragorn
[to Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry] My friends. You bow to no one. [He kneels, and the entire kingdom follows suit, kneeling to the Hobbits]
Aragorn
Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*
Aragorn
We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let's hunt some orc.
Aragorn
"My friends, you bow to no one".
Aragorn
My friends, you bow to no one.
Aragorn
"For Frodo".
Aragorn
For Frodo.
Gimli
"Don't tell the elf"
Gimli
Don't tell the elf.
Aragorn
"Not. A. word"
Aragorn
Not. A. Word.
Nikolai Luzhin
Sometimes, if things are closed, you just, open them up.
The Man
I told the boy when you dream about bad things happening, it means you're still fighting and you're still alive. It's when you start to dream about good things that you should start to worry.
The Man
I will kill anyone who touches you. Because that's my job.
Nikolai Luzhin
I can't become king if someone else already sits on the throne.