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Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo (born 16 June 1962 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a South African actor, best known for playing the title role in the 1999 film The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns.


Vosloo was born into an acting family, his parents having been stage-actors, and the family moved around a bit. They lived in Port Elizabeth, where his father ran a drive-in theatre and Alberton respectively. He began his acting career in the South African theatre where he won several Dalro Awards for plays such as Don Juan, Hamlet, and Môre is 'n Lang Dag ("Tomorrow is a Long Day") and he quickly became a regular in 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), 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).
In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalized United States citizen; and married his Act of Piracy (1988) co-star Nancy Mulford. The couple divorced after three years. 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 Circle In The Square Uptown's short-lived production of Salomé (1992) together with Al Pacino. In 1998, he remarried, this time to Sylivia Ahi, a Mexican-American marketing director. His American movie 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) filling the shoes of Liam Neeson as the titular character Darkman.
Vosloo appeared in the title role of the 1999 movie 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. Both movies were smash hits and a spin off (without Vosloo) named The Scorpion King was produced with The Rock in the title role. In 2004, The Mummy: The Ride opened in both Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando. Vosloo and Fraser were there to promote the new ride, which features a life size image of Vosloo as the Mummy. Alongside his movie career, he guest starred in several TV shows including The Red Shoe Diaries, American Gothic (1995), Nash Bridges (1995), Charmed (2000), and Alias (2004). Veritas: The Quest (2005) He also had a major role in the fourth season of 24 (2005), as terrorist leader Habib Marwan.
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. His most recent film role was his role as the mercenary, Colonel Coetzee, in the 2006 film Blood Diamond which was partially filmed in South Africa. Recently 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.
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