Viggo Mortensen

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Birth Name: Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr.

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 20, 1958

Ethnicity:
*Danish (father)
*English, small amount of Scottish (mother)

Viggo Mortensen is an American actor, producer, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter.

Viggo is the son of Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen. His father was Danish. His mother was American-born, from Watertown, New York, and was of English, and a small amount of Scottish, ancestry. Many branches of her family tree had lived in the United States for many generations.

During his childhood, Viggo spent time in Denmark and Argentina, living in Córdoba, Chaco, and Buenos Aires, before returning to New York. He is fluent in English, Danish, Spanish, and French. Aside from American, he is also a Danish citizen.

Viggo has a son with his former wife, singer, artist, and poet Exene Cervenka.

Viggo’s paternal grandfather was Charles Viggo Mortensen (the son of Morten Peder Mortensen and Caroline Johanne Nielsen). Charles was born in Søbjerggaard, Thorup, Samsø. Morten was the son of Morten Hendrik Mortensen Øster and Marie Kirstine Pedersen.

Viggo’s paternal grandmother was Anna Jørgine Rasmussen (the daughter of Jakob Ramussen and Ane Kathrine Wadstrup). Viggo’s grandmother Anna was born in Damstrupgaard, Brundby, Samsø. Jakob was the son of Friderich Rasmussen and Birthe Marie Staer. Viggo’s great-grandmother Ane was the daughter of Søren Jørgensen Wadstrup/Vadstrup and Maren Mikkelsen.

Viggo’s maternal grandfather was Walter Sidney/Sydney Atkinson (the son of Martin Gay Atkinson and Emma Adelia Cutten). Walter was born in Parrsboro, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada, and had some American-born ancestors. Martin was the son of John George Atkinson and Elizabeth Fawcett. Emma was the daughter of John R. Cutten and Martha Teed.

Viggo’s maternal grandmother was Mary Annis Gamble (the daughter of John/James Munson Gamble and Blanche Ethelwyn/Ethelyn Chapman). Mary was born in New York, U.S. John was the son of John Wesley Gamble and Mary Annis Munson. Blanche was the daughter of James Lincoln Chapman and Agnes Josephine Barnes.

Sources: Genealogies of Viggo Mortensen – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com
https://famouskin.com

Genealogy of Viggo Mortensen (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Viggo’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Annis L. Stanton (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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