Anson Mount

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Anson Mount
Anson Mount by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Mount at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1973-02-25) February 25, 1973 (age 47)
Education
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Darah Trang
(m. 2018)

Anson Adams Mount IV (born February 25, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as fictional character Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, as Jim Steele on the short-lived NBC series Conviction, as the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in Marvel's Inhumans, and as Captain Christopher Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.[1][2] He also appeared in the film Crossroads (2002).

Early life[edit]

Mount was born February 25, 1973,[3] in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and grew up in White Bluff, Tennessee. His mother, Nancy Smith, is a former professional golfer.[4] His father, Anson Adams Mount II, was one of the original contributing editors to Playboy magazine.[5][6] Anson has an older brother, Anson Adams III, and two sisters from his father's first marriage. Mount's great-great-great grandfather was a Confederate cavalry colonel in the Civil War.[7]

Mount attended Dickson County High School in Dickson, Tennessee, Sewanee: The University of the South, and Columbia University.[5]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

In 1998, Anson Mount starred in Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi, for which he was honored by the Drama League.[8]

In 2008, Mount made the finalist list for the American Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center in 2008 for his full length play, Atomic City, and won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize for his one-act play Love Liza?[9]

Film[edit]

In 2000, Mount made his feature film debut as Tully Coats in the independent film Tully.  He received widespread critical praise for the performance and the film won several film festival awards and numerous Independent Spirit Award nominations.[10]

In 2009, Mount produced and starred in an independent film called Cook County, which has earned awards at several major film festivals, including Hollywood, AFI Dallas, Nashville, SXSW, and others.

Television[edit]

Mount is widely known for his role as Cullen Bohannan on AMC's hit series Hell on Wheels, for which he also served as producer from 2014–2016.[11]

In 2018, he was cast as Captain Christopher Pike of the Starship Enterprise in the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery. His performance was well received,[12] which inspired a popular petition for Pike spin-off.[13] In 2019, he reprised his role as Pike in a few Star Trek: Short Treks episodes. In May 2020 it was announced that, in part due to the positive reception from fans,[14] he would star as Pike in a new series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.[15]

Academic[edit]

Anson Mount serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University,[16] he teaches audition technique for graduate actors.[17]

Anson has published non-fiction pieces in Mosaic,[18] The Daily Beast,[19] Cowboys & Indians magazine,[20][21] and the Calgary Herald.

Personal life[edit]

On July 8, 2017, Anson announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, photographer Darah Trang,[22] and they were married on February 20, 2018.[23] As of 2019 he and his wife live in Connecticut.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Toby Belcher
Tully Tully Coates Jr.
Boiler Room Broker
2002 Crossroads Ben Kimble Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with Britney Spears)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Chemistry (shared with Britney Spears)
City by the Sea Dave Simon
Poolhall Junkies Chris
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Mine Weber
2004 The Warrior Class Alec Brno
2005 In Her Shoes Todd
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Garth
Walk the Talk Larry
Hood of Horror Tex Jr
2007 Privacy Policy Detective Barry
2008 The Two Mr. Kissels Robert Kissel TV movie
2009 Cook County Bump
Burning Palms Tom
2011 Straw Dogs Coach Stan Milkens
Hick Nick
2012 Safe Alex Rosen
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Cherry TV movie
2014 Non-Stop Jack Hammond
The Forger Keegan
Supremacy Paul Sobecki
2015 Mr. Right Richard Cartigan
Visions David Maddox
TBA The Virtuoso The Virtuoso

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Ally McBeal Kevin Wah Episode: "Civil War"
Sex and the City Gregory Episode: "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women"
2000–2001 Third Watch Dr. Montville 5 episodes
2003 Smallville Paul Hayden Episode: "Precipice"
Line of Fire Roy Ravelle 13 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Tony Macken Episode: "Not Landing"
2004–2005 The Mountain Will Carver 13 episodes
2005 Lost Kevin Episode: "Man of Science, Man of Faith"
2006 Conviction Jim Steele
2007 Law & Order Reverend James Sterling Episode: "Church"
The Cure Darren Elliot
2009 Dollhouse Vitas Episode: "Gray Hour"
2011–2016 Hell On Wheels Cullen Bohannon Lead role; 55 episodes
2013 Red Widow Evan Walraven 3 episodes
2017 Inhumans Black Bolt Lead role; 8 episodes
2019 Star Trek: Discovery Captain Christopher Pike Series regular; 14 episodes
The Ready Room Himself Episode: "Episode 11"
Star Trek: Short Treks Captain Christopher Pike 3 episodes
TBA Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Main role

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Theatre Role
1988 Cymbeline Delacorte Theater Iachimo/Jupiter
Cymbeline Delacorte Theater Frenchman/Roman Captain
Corpus Christi New York City Center/ Stage I Joshua
The Caucasian Chalk Circle La MaMa E.T.C.
2002 Elle Zipper Theatre photographer
2008 Glengarry Glen Ross Macha Theater Richard Roma
2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Acorn Theater Captain Adam Brant
2010 Fifth of July Bay street Theatre Kenneth Talley Jr.
2011 Three Sisters East 13th Street/CSC Theatre Solyony
2013 Venus in Fur Singapore Repertory Theatre-DBS Arts Centre Thomas
2018 Mankind Playwrights Horizons Mark

As producer/director/writer[edit]

Year Production type Producer/Director/Writer Awards
2008 Cook County film Producer/starring Dallas International Film Festival 2008

Special Jury Prize

Hollywood Film Awards 2008

Hollywood Discovery Award - Best Feature Film

Nashville Film Festival 2008

Best of Festival Award - Honorable Mention

The SXSW Film Awards 2008

The Audience Award

Sidewalk Film Festival 2008

Best Feature Film

Atomic City[24] theature Dramaturg/playwright
2009 In Stereo short Producer
2011 Love Liza?[25] theature Playwright Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize
2013 Last Time We Checked short Executive producer/Director/Writer
2015–2016 Hell on Wheels TV Producer Alberta Film & Television Awards 2015
Rosie Awards: Best Dramatic Series
Alberta Film & Television Awards 2016
Rosie Awards: Best Dramatic Series

Podcast[edit]

Anson writes, produces, and hosts The Well podcast with his longtime friend Branan Edgens.[26] He has served as a narrator on the Pseudopod podcast, reading the Thomas Ligotti story "The Town Manager."[27]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2014 The Evil Within Sebastian Castellanos [28]
2015 The Assignment (DLC) Sebastian Castellanos Cameo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 28, 2017). "'Marvel's Inhumans': 'Hell On Wheels' Anson Mount To Star As Black Bolt In ABC Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (April 9, 2018). "'Star Trek: Discovery' Enlists Anson Mount As Captain Kirk's Predecessor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Today's Birthdays, Feb. 25: Tea Leoni". Tulsa World. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Mount's beard perfect target for 'Line of Fire'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  5. ^ a b Anne D'Arminio, Aubry. "Anson Mount". Allmovie. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  6. ^ "Playboy Executive Tells Hefner Empire Details". The StarPhoenix. 14 June 1968.
  7. ^ Brian Fegter (2011-11-06). "Anson Mount Q&A". AMC. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  8. ^ "'Corpus Christi' Opens in a Storm". Los Angeles Times. October 14, 1998. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  9. ^ South, The University of the. "Alumni". www.sewanee.edu. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Tully". Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  11. ^ "Hell on Wheels Reigns as AMC's Second Highest Rated Original Series". AMC. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Pockross, Adam (March 24, 2019). "Star Trek: Discovery cast on Pike's legacy, catching up with canon and Season 2's jaw-dropping conclusion". Syfy Wire. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "'Star Trek' Fans Flood Social Media With Support for Captain Pike Spinoff". Star Trek. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds To Follow Captain Pike, Spock, And Number One On The U.S.S. Enterprise". CBS.com. May 15, 2020. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 15, 2020). "'Star Trek' Series Starring Ethan Peck as Spock, Anson Mount a Capt. Pike Set at CBS All Access". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Anson Mount". Columbia - School of the Arts. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  17. ^ "Anson Mount Talks Hell on Wheels, Supremacy and Liberal Arts Education". Paste Magazine. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  18. ^ Mount, Anson (2011-03-23). "Reflection on the Santorini Voice Symposium". Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. 44 (1): 196–197. ISSN 1925-5683.
  19. ^ Mount, Anson (2016-11-13). "An Open Letter to Celebrities Threatening to Leave the Nation". Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  20. ^ "The Professionals at 50". Cowboys and Indians Magazine. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  21. ^ "The Borders of The Night - C&I Magazine". Cowboys and Indians Magazine. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  22. ^ "Anson Mount on Instagram: "SHE SAID MAYBE!!!"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  23. ^ "Anson Mount on Instagram: "Done went'n did it"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  24. ^ Slaff, Jonathan. "'Atomic City,' Acrobatic Physical Theater Piece, to Debut at La MaMa". NewsBlaze News. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  25. ^ "Anson Mount". WOMENFASHFILM BLOG. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  26. ^ url= https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1322718/ |title=Branan Edgens IMDB
  27. ^ Studios, Clockpunk (3 August 2018). "PseudoPod 605: The Town Manager". PseudoPod. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  28. ^ "The Evil Within Voice Cast Announced by Bethesda in New Video, Includes Familiar Hollywood Names". PlayStation LifeStyle.

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