Arnold Vosloo Biography

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Birth Name: Arnold Vosloo
Born: 06/16/1962
Birth Place: South Africa

Born into an acting family (both his parents were traveling theater actors), Arnold Vosloo was exposed to the craft at a very young age. His family settled in Pretoria, South Africa when he was still a young boy, where he was raised. He began acting in several of Shakespeare's plays at Pretoria's State Theatre while still in his teens, and before long started receiving numerous accolades for his work. In 1987 he appeared in the South African drama, "Saturday Night at the Palace," in addition to making his American film debut alongside Patrick Swayze in the action adventure movie, "Steel Dawn." By the early '90s, Vosloo was living and working in America. He appeared in several stage productions in Chicago and New York, but it was his 1992 performance as John the Baptist in "Salome" that changed his life forever. Director John Woo was in the audience during one of Vosloo's performances, and immediately decided to cast him as one of the villains in his next action movie, "Hard Target." Despite receiving mixed reviews, the film was a major success at the box office - the first of several hits for Arnold Vosloo.



His next major role came in 1995 when he was cast as the lead in "Darkman II: The Return of Durant." Vosloo filled the role that was vacated by Liam Neeson, who appeared as Darkman in the original film, and despite being a straight-to-video release, the film was a moderate success. Vosloo reprised his role as Darkman the following year in "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die" (1996), before he was offered the role of a lifetime as the lead villain in the big-budget fantasy horror revamp, "The Mummy." The film, which starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, went on to gross over $400 million at the box office, quickly becoming one of the most profitable films of the '90s. Vosloo reprised his role in the 2001 sequel, "The Mummy Returns," which was equally successful. Following the massive success of both films, Vosloo was cast as a Middle Eastern terrorist, Habib Marwan, on the fourth season of the widely popular Fox series, "24," as well as a colonel in the Academy Award-nominated adventure drama, "Blood Diamond" (2006). In 2013 Vosloo reprised his role as Zartan, a devious make-up expert, in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." Vosloo previously appeared as Zartan in 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."









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