Arnold Vosloo

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Arnold Vosloo
Born(1962-06-16) 16 June 1962 (age 50)
Pretoria, South Africa
Years active1984–present
SpouseNancy Mulford
Silvia Ahí
ParentsJohan J. Daniel Vosloo
Johanna Petronella Vorster
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Arnold Vosloo
Born(1962-06-16) 16 June 1962 (age 50)
Pretoria, South Africa
Years active1984–present
SpouseNancy Mulford
Silvia Ahí
ParentsJohan J. Daniel Vosloo
Johanna Petronella Vorster

Arnold Vosloo (born 16 June 1962) is a South African actor, best known for playing Imhotep in The Mummy (1999) and its 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns, as well as the role of the superhero Darkman in the sequel Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994) and its 1996 sequel, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die. and more recently, a South African Mercenary named Colonel Coetzee (loosely based on Eeben Barlow) in the film Blood Diamond, a Middle Eastern terrorist named Habib Marwan in the television series 24, and Zartan in the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its upcoming 2013 sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.


Early life

Vosloo was born in Pretoria, into an acting family, his parents (Johan J. Daniel Vosloo; Johanna Petronella Vorster Vosloo) having been stage-actors, and the family moved around quite a lot. They lived in Despatch, where his father ran a drive-in theater, and Alberton. He has one sister, Nadia. His acting talent was discovered quite early in a school play. After high school and military service (from which he received a medical discharge[1]), he took drama courses at the Pretoria Technikon.[2]


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.[citation needed]

His American film debut was in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He later appeared in the two less successful sequels to the 1990 film DarkmanDarkman 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 starred in the John Woo film Hard Target, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Vosloo appeared in 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 the main villain François Molay in 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. 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. Vosloo portrayed the Cobra mercenary and master of disguise, Zartan, in the summer 2009 release G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.[3]

Personal life

In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalized United States citizen[4] 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, an Animal Rights and Rescue group), this according to the group's website.

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.[1]


1983Funny People IIhimselfPrank movie in the genre of Candid Camera; Vosloo is one of the victims in the japanese meeting situation[5]
1984Boetie gaan border toe (Little Brother Goes to the Border)Boetie
1987Skeleton CoastBlade
Saturday Night at the PalaceDougie
Steel DawnMakker
1988Act of PiracySean Stevens
1989Reason to DieWilson
The RevengerMackie
1990Circles in a ForestSaul
Living to DieJimmy
The Rutanga TapesAssad
Buried AliveKen Wade
1992The Finishing TouchMikael Gant
1492: Conquest of ParadiseGuevara
1993Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double DareBill
Hard TargetPick van Cleaf
1994Darkman II: The Return of DurantDarkman/Dr. Peyton WestlakeDirect-to-video film
1995American GothicRafael SantoTelevision series, Guest star in A Tree Grows in Trinity
Fallen AngelsMacManTelevision series, Guest star in Fly Paper
1996Nash BridgesAlex AbeTelevision series, Guest star in Genesis
Darkman III: Die, Darkman, DieDarkman/Dr. Peyton WestlakeDirect-to-video film
1997Zeus and RoxanneClaude Carver
1998Rough DraftStefan
ProgenyDr. Craig Burton
1999Strange WorldDark-Haired ManTelevision series, Guest star in Pilot and Spirit Falls
The MummyImhotepmain antagonist
2000CharmedDarklighterTelevision series, Guest star in Murphy's Luck
2001The Red Phone: ManhuntWolfTelevision Film
The Mummy ReturnsImhotepmain antagonist
2002Endangered SpeciesWarden
Con ExpressAnton Simeonov
Warrior AngelsLuke
Global EffectDr. Richard Hume
2003Veritas: The QuestVincent SiminouTelevision series, Series Regular
Agent Cody BanksFrançois Molay
The Red Phone: CheckmateWolfTelevision Film
2004AliasMr. ZismanTelevision series, Guest star in Crossings
MeltdownKhalid/SandsTelevision Film
ForgivenessTertius Coetzee
200524Habib MarwanTelevision 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)LennartTelevision Film
2006Blood DiamondColonel Coetzee
2007Living & DyingDetective Rick Devlin
SharkAndre ZitofskyTelevision series, Guest star in "Gangster Movies"
2008Odysseus and the Isle of the MistsOdysseus
SharkAndre ZitofskyTelevision series, Guest star in "Gangster Movies"
2009ChuckVincentTelevision series, Guest star in "Chuck Versus the Predator," "Chuck Versus the Dream Job" and "Chuck Versus the Colonel"
Fire and Ice: The Dragon ChroniclesKing Augustin
NCISMossad Officer Amit HadarTelevision series, Guest star in "Aliyah" and "Enemies Foreign"
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraZartan
2011BonesJacob Ripkin BroadskyTelevision series, guest star, 3 episodes
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black AdamBlack AdamAnimated direct-to-video short
All-Star SupermanBar-ElAnimated direct-to-video film
Young JusticeKobra

Projects in Production and Development

Planned release dateTitleRoleNotes
 ?Four SaintsBaron T'SaerclaesWWI-Drama after the novel of J.P. Isbouts
 ?Vanilla GorillaWickingFamily movie about a girl rescuing a white gorilla from poachers
2011Sara's CellAssadHorror
2012The Precious OneKevin StentBiographical drama about the athlete Precious McKenzie
2012Odd Thomas ?Horror after the novel of Dean Koontz
2013G.I. Joe: RetaliationZartan


  1. ^ a b Interview at Charlie Rose's
  2. ^ Daniel Jacobs: Die Vosloos. Nuttige Landsburgers, 2003, Part 1, p. 234f (A history of the whole family, written in Afrikaans)
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Arnold Vosloo Biography (1962-)". 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Funny People II - Japanese Meeting (with Arnold Vosloo)". Retrieved 3 November 2010. 

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