Viggo Mortensen was first seen in the 1985 crime thriller film ‘Witness,’ where he portrayed an Amish farmer. In 1987, he made his television debut with the crime drama series ‘Miami Vice.’ He starred in the Episode "Red Tape" of the series. After his brief stint in ‘Miami Vice,’ Mortensen went on to star in films like ‘Fresh Horses’ (1988), and ‘Young Guns II’ (1990).
In 1991, Viggo Mortensen starred as ‘Frank Roberts’ in the Sean Penn-directed crime drama film ‘The Indian Runner.’ The film opened to a positive reception but failed to achieve commercial success at the box office. The year 1993 saw the release of the crime drama film ‘Carlito's Way’ in which Mortensen played ‘Lalin Miasso.’ While the film received a lukewarm response from critics, it managed to become a box office hit.
Mortensen was next seen in films like Crimson Tide (1995), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), A Walk on the Moon (1999), and 28 Days (2000). In 2001, Mortensen starred as ‘Aragorn’ in the epic fantasy adventure film ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.’ He reprised his role as ‘Aragorn’ in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2002) and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003). His appearance in ‘The Lord of the Rings film trilogy’ established him as a prominent star in the industry.
His performance as ‘Thomas "Tom" Stall / Joseph "Joey" Cusack’ in the 2005 action-thriller film ‘A History of Violence’ received critical acclaim. In 2008, Mortensen starred in the David Cronenberg-directed gangster film ‘Eastern Promises.’ He played the role of ‘FSB Agent Nikolai Luzhin’ for which he won his first ‘Academy Award’ nomination.
Mortensen won a ‘Golden Globe Award’ nomination for his performance in ‘A Dangerous Method’ (2011). In 2016, he starred as ‘Ben Cash’ in the comedy-drama film ‘Captain Fantastic’ which earned him his second ‘Academy Award’ nomination. He also won nominations for ‘BAFTA Award’ and ‘Golden Globe Award’ for his performance in the film.
In 2020, he was seen playing the role of ‘John Peterson’ in the drama film ‘Falling.’ Mortensen was also the writer and director of the film. He will be next seen in the upcoming biographical survival drama film ‘Thirteen Lives’ directed by Ron Howard.