He made his film debut in Peter Weir’s 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable films of the 1990s, including The Indian Runner (1991), Carlito’s Way (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), A Perfect Murder (1998), and A Walk on the Moon (1999). Mortensen has one son from his previous marriage to musician Exene Cervenka. Mortensen was born in New York City. His father managed chicken farms and ranches in Argentina. Following his appearance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2006, he was granted an honorary doctorate by his alma mater. Coincidentally, the play, about homosexual concentration camp prisoners, was originally brought to prominence by Ian McKellen, with whom Mortensen later costarred in The Lord of the Rings. During the 1990s, Mortensen appeared in supporting roles in a variety of films, including Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady, Young Guns II, Prison, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner, Carlito’s Way, Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane, Daylight, A Walk on the Moon, American Yakuza, Charles Robert Carner’s remake Vanishing Point, Philip Ridley’s two films The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, A Perfect Murder and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho (1998 remakes of two Alfred Hitchcock’s movies Dial M for Murder and Psycho), 28 Days, and The Prophecy, with Christopher Walken.