Thursday, March 22, 2007


Arnold Vosloo

Arnold, who is best known for his role as the eponymous dead man with a grudge in the 1999 film The Mummy, has been active in film since he emigrated to the U.S. from his native South Africa. Born the son of actors in Pretoria, on June 16, 1962, Vosloo spent much of his childhood traveling South Africa with his parents. After leaving school, he went into the army, then spent two years with the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal. Vosloo made a name for himself on the Pretoria stage, winning one of its most prestigious awards, the Dalro, then set off for the U.S. Once there, he acted on the Chicago and New York stages, at one point performing alongside Al Pacino in the Circle in the Square’s production of Salomé. Although Vosloo made his film debut in 1985, it was not until he starred in The Mummy that he gained any substantial measure of recognition. The film, which was one of 1999’s summer hits, also starred Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah.

Arnold as High Priest Imhotep in 'The Mummy'

His latest movie appearance was as a cunning colonel in the film Blood Diamond along side Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou.

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