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If there were ever any doubts Viggo Mortensen was leading man material, 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy put 'em to bed. As Lord Aragorn, Viggo won over the sci-fi fans and ladies alike. And to think, he almost didn't take the part. His son had to convince him to do it.
Something else you might not know about Viggo - he's an accomplished artist and poet, too. But back to Viggo, the actor. He grew up in Denmark and Argentina, and eventually landed in New York - where he tended bar. But in 1985 - a breakthrough. Viggo made it to the big screen in 'Witness.'
From there, he started a family, and took a few roles just to pay the bills. Case in point - 'Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III'. It got better, though. Critics called Viggo the best thing in 'The Indian Runner.' He was in 'Crimson Tide', and yeah, that's him as a sadistic jerk in 'GI Jane'. He was a hunky hippie in 'A Walk on the Moon.' And a guy with a dark past in David Cronenberg's 'A History of Violence.'
He showed off his dark side again in Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises', plus a little more - remember that sauna scene? Viggo's latest film is 'The Road,' based on the amazing - and amazingly depressing - novel by Cormac McCarthy.