Viggo Mortensen

by ethnic on December 28, 2010

Jameson Empire Awards 2009 - Arrivals

Birth Name: Viggo Peter Mortensen

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

Date of Birth: October 20, 1958

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

Viggo Mortensen is an American actor, poet, musician, photographer, 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. He is fluent in English, Danish, Spanish, and French. Aside from American, he is also a Danish citizen.

Viggo was previously married to singer, artist, and poet Exene Cervenka, with whom he has a son.

Viggo’s paternal grandfather was Charles 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/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 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 Ethelyn Chapman). Mary Annis was born in New York. 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 –

Genealogy of Viggo Mortensen (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Viggo’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Annis Stanton (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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