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16 June 1962 |
Pretoria, South Africa
Arnold Vosloo (born 16 June 1962) is a South African-born American actor, best known for playing Imhotep in The Mummy series, Pik van Cleaf in Hard Target, Darkman in the last two films of the Darkman series, and Zartan in the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra series.
An Afrikaner of Dutch and German ancestry, 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), he took drama courses at the Pretoria Technikon.
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.
His American film debut was in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He later appeared in the two less successful sequels to the 1990 film Darkman — Darkman 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 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.
In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalized United States citizen 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.
|1983||Funny People II||himself||Prank movie in the genre of Candid Camera; Vosloo is one of the victims in the Japanese meeting situation|
|1984||Boetie gaan border toe (Little Brother Goes to the Border)||Boetie||Controversial film about SADF recruits during the South African Border War|
|Saturday Night at the Palace||Dougie|
|1988||Act of Piracy||Sean Stevens|
|1989||Reason to Die||Wilson|
|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|
|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|
|Con Express||Anton Simeonov|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- Daniel Jacobs. Die Vosloos: Nuttige Landsburgers (1 (2003) ed.). T. Vosloo. p. 10-234. ISBN 9780620309929.
- Interview at Charlie Rose's
- 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.
- "Arnold Vosloo Biography (1962-)". filmreference.com. 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- "Funny People II - Japanese Meeting (with Arnold Vosloo)". YouTube.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- Arnold Vosloo at the Internet Movie Database
- Arnold Vosloo at AllMovie
- Arnold Vosloo Tribute Page with filmography, reviews, interviews, screencaps and more.
- Works by or about Arnold Vosloo in libraries (WorldCat catalog)