Arnold Vosloo

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Arnold Vosloo
Arnold Vosloo 2009.jpg
Born (1962-06-16) 16 June 1962 (age 52)
Pretoria, South Africa
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Nancy Mulford
(1988-1991)
Silvia Ahí
(1998-present)

Arnold Vosloo (born 16 June 1962) is a South African-born American actor. He is known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target, Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman in Darkman II and Darkman III, Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, and terrorist Habib Marwan during the fourth season of the television series 24.

Early life[edit]

An Afrikaner of Dutch and German ancestry,[1] Vosloo was born into a Pretoria acting family, his parents having been stage-actors. They lived in Despatch, where his father ran a drive-in theater, and Alberton. He has one sister. His acting talent was discovered quite early in a school play. After high school and military service (from which he received a medical discharge),[2] he took drama courses at the Pretoria Technikon.[1]

Career[edit]

Vosloo began his acting career in the South African theatre where he won several Dalro Awards for his performances in such plays as Don Juan, Hamlet, and Môre is 'n Lang Dag (Tomorrow is a Long Day) and he quickly became a regular at Pretoria's State Theatre. He also starred in Torch Song Trilogy and won another award for the TV show, Meisie van Suid-Wes (Girl from South-West-Africa).

In 1984, he moved on to film where he continued Dalro Award-winning performances in films such as Boetie gaan Border toe (Little brother goes to the border, a comedy about the Border War) acting alongside fellow South African actor Frank Opperman, and Circles in a Forest (based on the book Kringe in 'n Bos by author Dalene Matthee) in 1990. Vosloo also starred in the "Boetie" sequel, Boetie op maneuvers (Boetie on maneuvers) in 1986. Vosloo also starred in Morenga (1985), Saturday Night at the Palace (based on the play by Paul Slabolepszy about racism in South Africa), Skeleton Coast (1987) and The Rutanga Tapes (1990). Upon arriving in the U.S., Vosloo returned to the theatre where he appeared in Born In The R.S.A. at Chicago's Northlight Theatre and in the NY's Circle In The Square Uptown's short-lived production of Salomé (1992) together with Al Pacino.[citation needed]

His American film debut was in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He later appeared in the two less successful sequels to the 1990 film DarkmanDarkman II: The Return of Durant (1994) and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996), filling the shoes of Liam Neeson as the titular character Darkman. He's also known for portraying villains such in the John Woo film Hard Target (1993), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. the title role of the 1999 film The Mummy (starring Brendan Fraser), as well as its 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns. In both films he played Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian high priest and the main antagonist. Vosloo also played François Molay, the main villain's henchman, in the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks.

In 2004, The Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride opened in both Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood. Vosloo and Fraser were there at both openings to promote the new rides, in which both of them star, as well as featuring a life size image of Vosloo as The Mummy.

Alongside his film career, he guest-starred in several TV series including The Red Shoe Diaries, American Gothic (1995), Nash Bridges (1995), Charmed (2000), Alias (2004) and NCIS (2009). He was one of the main characters in Veritas: The Quest (2003). He also had a major role in the fourth season of 24 (2005), as terrorist leader Habib Marwan. Vosloo appeared in three episodes of Chuck in 2009 as Fulcrum agent Vincent.

In 2004, Vosloo returned to South Africa to make Forgiveness, about an ex-policeman who seeks out the family of the anti-Apartheid activist that he killed. He played mercenary Colonel Coetzee, in the 2006 film Blood Diamond which was partially filmed in South Africa. Vosloo has been involved in video games: His likeness, as well as his voice, was chosen for main hero (Saul Myers) of video game Boiling Point: Road to Hell, published in summer of 2005 by ATARI. Vosloo portrayed the Cobra mercenary and master of disguise, Zartan, in the summer 2009 release G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalized United States citizen[4] after marrying his Act of Piracy and Skeleton Coast co-star Nancy Mulford; they divorced three years later. On 16 October 1998, he married Southern California native Silvia Ahí, a Mexican-American marketing director. Vosloo and Ahí are spokespersons for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Vosloo noted he looked similar to American actor Billy Zane. According to Vosloo, when people came asking him if he was "the guy in Titanic", he replied "of course, of course!" as a joke.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Funny People II himself Prank movie in the genre of Candid Camera; Vosloo is one of the victims in the Japanese meeting situation[5]
1984 Boetie gaan border toe Boetie Afrikaans-language film about conscription during the South African Border War
1985 Morenga Schiller
1987 Skeleton Coast Blade
Saturday Night at the Palace Dougie
Steel Dawn Makker
1988 Act of Piracy Sean Stevens
Gor Norman
1989 Reason to Die Wilson
The Revenger Mackie
1990 Circles in a Forest Saul
Living to Die Jimmy
The Rutanga Tapes Assad
Buried Alive Ken Wade
1992 The Finishing Touch Mikael Gant
1492: Conquest of Paradise Guevara
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare Bill
Hard Target Pik van Cleaf
1994 Darkman II: The Return of Durant Darkman/Dr. Peyton Westlake Direct-to-video film
1995 American Gothic Rafael Santo Television series, Guest star in A Tree Grows in Trinity
Fallen Angels MacMan Television series, Guest star in Fly Paper
1996 Nash Bridges Alex Abe Television series, Guest star in Genesis
Darkman III: Die, Darkman, Die Darkman/Dr. Peyton Westlake Direct-to-video film
1997 Zeus and Roxanne Claude Carver
1998 Rough Draft Stefan
Progeny Dr. Craig Burton
1999 Strange World Dark-Haired Man Television series, Guest star in Pilot and Spirit Falls
The Mummy Imhotep main antagonist
2000 Charmed Darklighter Television series, Guest star in Murphy's Luck
2001 The Red Phone: Manhunt Wolf Television Film
The Mummy Returns Imhotep main antagonist
2002 Endangered Species Warden
Con Express Anton Simeonov
Warrior Angels Luke
Global Effect Dr. Richard Hume The Scorpion King (2002) main antagonist
2003 Veritas: The Quest Vincent Siminou Television series, Series Regular
Agent Cody Banks François Molay
The Red Phone: Checkmate Wolf Television Film
2004 Alias Mr. Zisman Television series, Guest star in Crossings
Meltdown Khalid/Sands Television Film
Forgiveness Tertius Coetzee
2005 24 Habib Marwan Television series, recurring character, main antagonist of season 4. He also has the distinction of being the most recurring actor in the "Big Bad" role, with 17/24 episodes including one voice-over in episode 4x20.
Im Auftrag des Vatikans (Death Train) Lennart Television Film
2006 Blood Diamond Colonel Coetzee
2007 Living & Dying Detective Rick Devlin
Shark Andre Zitofsky Television series, Guest star in "Gangster Movies"
2008 Odysseus and the Isle of the Mists Odysseus
Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles King Augustin
2009 Chuck Vincent Television series, Guest star in "Chuck Versus the Predator," "Chuck Versus the Dream Job" and "Chuck Versus the Colonel"
NCIS Mossad Officer Amit Hadar Television series, Guest star in "Aliyah" and "Enemies Foreign"
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Zartan
2010 Psych (TV series) J.T. Waring Television series, guest star,season 4 episode 12 "A very Juliet episode"
2011 Bones Jacob Ripkin Broadsky Television series, guest star, 3 episodes
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Black Adam Animated direct-to-video short
All-Star Superman Bar-El Animated direct-to-video film
Young Justice Kobra
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Zartan
Elementary Narwhal Television series, season 1, episode 24
Odd Thomas Tom Jedd Horror after the novel of Dean Koontz
2014 Crisis Jacob Vries Television series, season 1

Projects in Production and Development

Planned release date Title Role Notes
2015 Sara's Cell Assad Horror
201? The Precious One Kevin Stent Biographical drama about the athlete Precious McKenzie
 ? Four Saints Baron T'Saerclaes WWI-Drama after the novel of J.P. Isbouts
 ? Vanilla Gorilla Wicking Family movie about a girl rescuing a white gorilla from poachers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daniel Jacobs. Die Vosloos: Nuttige Landsburgers (1 (2003) ed.). T. Vosloo. p. 10-234. ISBN 9780620309929. 
  2. ^ a b Interview at Charlie Rose's
  3. ^ Franklin, Garth (18 February 2008). "Logo, Prez & More "G.I. Joe" Updates". Dark Horizons. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Arnold Vosloo Biography (1962-)". filmreference.com. 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Funny People II - Japanese Meeting (with Arnold Vosloo)". YouTube.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 

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