Viggo Mortensen

2012 - English Language Actor

On Monday, March 5, 2012, the Coolidge Corner Theatre honored internationally acclaimed actor Viggo Mortensen as the recipient of the 2012 Coolidge Award.

About Viggo Mortensen


Viggo Mortensen made his cinematic debut in Peter Weir’s 1985 film Witness. Subsequently he has been featured in over 40 films and has worked with many renowned independent filmmakers including Jane Campion (The Portrait of A Lady), Sean Penn (The Indian Runner), Gus Van Sant (Psycho), Brian De Palma (Carlito’s Way), and David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and the newly released A Dangerous Method). In 2001 director Peter Jackson cast Mortensen in a leading role for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, launching him to mainstream acclaim and cult status. Mortensen has won several international awards and recognitions during his adventurous acting career including a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 2007 for Eastern Promises, and a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2012 for Best Supporting Actor (A Dangerous Method).

In addition to his acting career, Viggo Mortensen is an accomplished photographer, musician, painter and poet. His work has been featured in galleries worldwide, and he has released several CDs of his music. Upcoming film releases include the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, directed by Walter Salles and scheduled for release this coming summer.