Viggo Mortensen Net Worth

How much is Viggo Mortensen Worth?

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Viggo Mortensen Net Worth:
$40 Million

Viggo Mortensen Net Worth and Salary: Viggo Mortensen is a Danish–American actor, poet, musician, author, photographer, and painter who has a net worth of $40 million dollars. Mortensen received international attention in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic fantasy adventure trilogy The Lord of the Rings. In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for his acting in David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence opposite Maria Bello.

Early Life: Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. was born on October 20, 1958, in Watertown, New York. His mother Grace was American. His father Viggo Sr. was Danish. His parents met in Norway. The family moved to Venezuela, then Denmark, and eventually settled in Argentina in the provinces of Córdoba, Chaco, and Buenos Aires, where Mortensen attended primary school and acquired a fluent proficiency in Spanish while his father managed poultry farms and ranches. He was baptized Lutheran.

When Mortensen was 11 and his brothers eight and six, their parents divorced and they and their mother returned to the U.S., where Viggo spent the rest of his childhood in New York, graduating from Watertown High School in Watertown, New York in 1976. He then attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish Studies and Politics in 1980. Upon graduating, he lived in England and Spain, then moved back to Denmark, where he took various jobs such as driving trucks in Esbjerg and selling flowers in Copenhagen. He eventually returned to the United States after two years in Europe to pursue an acting career.

Career: Mortensen's first on-screen appearance was playing an Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness. He was cast in Witness because the director thought he had the right face for the part of an Amish man. Also in 1985, he was cast in the role of Bragg on Search for Tomorrow. Mortensen's 1987 performance in Bent at the Coast Playhouse in  Los Angeles, won him a Dramalogue Critics' Award. In 1987, Mortensen guest starred as a police detective on the hit series Miami Vice.

During the 1990s, Mortensen appeared in supporting roles in a variety of films, including Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, Young Guns II, Prison, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, Danny Cannon's The Young Americans, Carl Colpaert's The Crew, which won the São Paulo Film Festival Audience Award, Brian de Palma's Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane, Daylight, A Walk on the Moon, American Yakuza, Charles Robert Carner's remake Vanishing Point, Philip Ridley's films The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, the remake films A Perfect Murder and Gus Van Sant's Psycho, 28 Days, and The Prophecy. Of these roles, Mortensen was best known for playing Master Chief John Urgayle in G.I. Jane opposite Demi Moore.

Another major mainstream breakthrough came in 1999 when Peter Jackson cast him as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Aragorn and was ranked No. 15 on a 2015 survey of "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters" conducted by Empire.

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In 2004, Mortensen starred as Frank Hopkins in Hidalgo, the story of an ex-army courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous desert race for a contest prize. In 2005, Mortensen starred in David Cronenberg's movie A History of Violence as a family man revealed to have had an unsavory previous career. He was nominated for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for this role.

In September 2007, the film Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg, was released to critical acclaim for the film itself and for Mortensen's performance as a Russian gangster on the rise in London. Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises resulted in his winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film award from the British Independent Film Awards. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 2009 he joined the cast of The Road, a film adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, and collaborated with David Cronenberg for a third time on A Dangerous Method. Mortensen returned to theater in 2011, starring in Ariel Dorfman's Purgatorio in Madrid. Mortensen starred in the 2016 film Captain Fantastic and the 2018 film Green Book, for which he received his second and third Academy Award nominations.

With part of his earnings from The Lord of the Rings, Mortensen founded the Perceval Press publishing house—named after the knight from the legend of King Arthur—to help other artists by publishing works that might not find a home in more traditional publishing venues. Mortensen is also an author, with more than 15 books of poetry, photography, and painting published. With anthropologists Federico Bossert and Diego Villar, he has written several works related to the ethnography of natives in South America, specifically in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Personal Life: Mortensen has dual American-Danish citizenship and speaks fluent English, Danish, French, and Spanish. He is also conversational in Italian and understands Norwegian and Swedish. He also has some knowledge of Catalan; twice, when receiving a prize in Catalonia, he made a short speech in Catalan.

Mortensen met actress and singer Exene Cervenka in 1986 on the set of the comedy Salvation! The couple married on July 8, 1987. On January 28, 1988, Cervenka gave birth to their son, named Henry Blake Mortensen, who played his on-screen son 'Henry Ince' in the film Crimson Tide in 1995. Mortensen and Cervenka lived in Idaho for three years. They separated in 1992 and divorced in 1997.

Since 2009, he has been in a relationship with Spanish actress Ariadna Gil and currently lives in Spain with her.

Real Estate: Viggo Mortensen owns a home in Los Angeles, where he lives part-time. The home is located in Venice, California. He also owns property in Idaho, and presumably, Spain.

Viggo Mortensen Net Worth

Viggo Mortensen

Net Worth:$40 Million
Date of Birth:Oct 20, 1958 (61 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.803 m)
Profession:Actor, Poet, Musician, Photographer, Painter, Singer, Author
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020

Viggo Mortensen Earnings

  • Hidalgo
    $2,000,000
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