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Got so into his character of Aragorn that director Peter Jackson once addressed him as Aragorn for over half an hour, and Mortensen didn't even realize it. (

After his parents divorced when he was 11, he moved back with his mother and two younger brothers, Walter and Charles, to New York. (

Owner of publishing company Perceval Press. (

The scar on his upper lip comes from a wild Halloween party where he got too close to a barbed-wire fence. (

Is one of four "Lord of the Rings" stars to star, pre-"Rings," with Harrison Ford. He starred with Ford in Witness (1985). Ford starred with John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Sean Bean (Boromir) in Patriot Games (1992) and Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in What Lies Beneath (2000). (

He is a New York Mets fan. (

Spent a couple weeks in Russia prior to filming Eastern Promises (2007) to research his role and better understand his character. (

Is also a jazz musician - he has released three CDs so far. (

Was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004. (

Brother of Walter Mortensen. (

Father's name is also Viggo. Mother's is Grace. (

He has two younger brothers. (

Is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. When filming A History of Violence (2005), he showed up on the Toronto set wearing a Canadiens' jersey. (

Has been photographing for years, recently debuted with an exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery in NYC. -- American Photo, July/August 2000. (

Writes poetry in his spare time. (

Born on the same day as director Danny Boyle. (

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002. (

Ranked #10 on VH1's Hottest Hotties. (

Choosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#69) 2007. (

Purchased the horses he rode in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Hidalgo (2004) after the films were completed. (

Father of Henry Mortensen. (

Visits Denmark at least 3 times a year. In 2003 he had a booksigning, an art exhibition opening and The Lord of The Rings premiere. (

As Viggo lived in Argentina as a child, he is a fan of Argentine soccer team San Lorenzo (real name of the team: "San Lorenzo of Almagro", from Buenos Aires City).Viggo usually wear clothes and accessories with this team's colors (red & blue) the last time in public, at the Rome Festival, in the "Alatriste" Premiere. (

Worked as a translator for the Swedish hockey team during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and was at the 'miracle' game between the Soviet Union and United States. (

Is a Montréal Canadiens fan. (

Both his brothers are geologists. (

While filming "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy in New Zealand, he would go surfing with the other actors in their spare time. One day he suffered an accident which left a bruise on the right side of his face. As a result, director Peter Jackson had to shoot only the left side of his face in the entire Moria sequence. (

While working on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he asked writer/director Peter Jackson to revise scripts so that his character Aragorn would be speaking in the Elvish language in several scenes of all three movies. (

It is well-known that his father is Danish and his mother American, but also his grandmother was from Trondheim, Norway. (

Voted #14 in Elle (France) Magazine's "15 Sexiest Men" poll (June 2007). (

Ranked #19 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100] (

He became good friends with the close-knit stunt men on the "Lord of the Rings" films, but they were wary of doing fight scenes with him because, carried away with the intensity of his character Aragorn, he would frequently "really go at them" and leave the other combatants in bruises. Massive actor Lawrence Makoare, playing Lurtz under heaps of make-up which restricted his vision, also got carried away during their fight scene at the conclusion of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and, for once, Mortensen was left more bruised than the other actor. (

Filmed scenes for The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), but they were all cut out. (

Shares a birthday with Tom Petty and Snoop Dogg. (

Graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 1980 with a degree in Government and Spanish. (

Dated Lola Schnabel, daughter of painter and film director Julian Schnabel, for nearly two years. Broke up in 2003. (

Although their divorce only became final in 1998, he and his former wife, Exene Cervenka, separated in late 1990/early 1991 after less than 3 years of marriage but remain close friends often working together and co-parenting their son. (

Worked as a truck driver while living in Denmark (

At first, turned down the part of Aragorn of Lord of the Rings. His son convinced him to do the part. (

Ranked #17 on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sex Symbols in the world. (

Was in remakes of two Alfred Hitchc*ck films in the same year: A Perfect Murder (1998) - a remake of Dial M for Murder (1954) - and Psycho (1998). (

Broke two toes during the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), in the scene where he kicks an Orc helmet. (

Shares a birthday with actor Bela Lugosi and poet Arthur Rimbaud. (

Has dual citizenship, American & Danish, as his father is a Danish citizen and his mother American. (

Had a book of poetry printed before he was known. The title: "Ten Last Night." (

Is a photographer. (

In Eastern Promises (2007) his Russian/Ukrainian dialect coach was Olegar Fedoro. (

Admitted in an interview that when he first started out as an actor his agents encouraged him to change his name, obviously he refused.

He received the scar on his upper lip after scratching his face on a barbed wire fence at a Halloween party.

Has dual citizenship, American and Danish, as his father is a Danish citizen and his mother American.

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