Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. (born October 20, 1958 in New York City) is a Danish-American theater and movie actor, a published poet, musician, photographer and painter. His Danish father and half Norwegian American mother met in Norway. He has a son, Henry Blake, with his ex-wife Christine "Exene" Cervenka of the band X.
Acting in The Lord of the Rings
Mortensen is best known for his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He was a last-minute replacement for the role, and wouldn't have taken the part if it hadn't been for his son's enthusiasm for J. R. R. Tolkien's trilogy.
His voice is featured on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack - he sings 'Aragorn's Coronation' a quote of Elendil's put to a melody composed by Mortensen himself, in the track "The Return of the King".
While filming The Fellowship of the Ring, Mortensen went surfing and received a black eye. Director Jackson's solution was to film Mortensen from the other side only. As a result, during several scenes in the Mines of Moria, Mortensen can only be seen from one side.
During a scene in The Two Towers in which Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli find the band of Uruk-hai that had captured Merry and Pippin in Amon Hen, Aragorn, in his sorrowful anger, kicks an Uruk helmet. In the filming of this, Viggo broke two of his toes. They used the scream of pain he uttered in the final film, as they thought it added an effect to Aragorn's sorrow.
Sean Astin • Sean Bean • Cate Blanchett • Orlando Bloom • Billy Boyd •