Viggo Mortensen has consistently earned acclaim for his work in a wide range of films, which recently include The Road, Eastern Promises, Appaloosa, Good, A History of Violence, Alatriste, Hidalgo and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition to playing Sigmund Freud in A DANGEROUS METHOD in 2011 Mortensen will also be seen in the Walter Salles adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, playing Bull Lee.
In 2008, Mortensen was honored with Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor for his performance in Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg. In addition, he won a BAFTA and several critics groups awards for his work in the film. He earlier shared in a SAG Award, a Critics' Choice Award and a National Board of Review Award as a member of the ensemble cast of the Oscar-winning Best Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Apart from acting in movies, Mortensen is a poet, photographer, and painter. His most recent publication is the book of photographs and poems in Spanish and English, titled Canciones De Invierno / Winter Songs. In 2002, he founded Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in art, poetry, and critical writing.
As a photographer, Mortensen most recently exhibited the photographic series "Sådanset", in Roskilde, Denmark, as well as "Skovbo" in Iceland, at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. Previously, he showed his work in "The Nature of Landscape and Independent Perception," with George Gudni, at Track 16 Gallery in California. Other exhibitions include "Miyelo" at both the Stephen Cohen Gallery in LA and the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington D.C. Mortensen has also shown his work at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York, as well as in New Zealand and Cuba, among other places. His books of photography and writing are available from Perceval Press.