Lived in South America from age two to age ten
Relocated from Argentina to Denmark
Began acting career in NYC
Moved to Los Angeles after studying at Warren Robertson's Theatre Workshop
Played first major TV role in the CBS historical miniseries, "George Washington" (CBS)
Had roles in "Swing Shift" (1984) and "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985); both cut before release of film
Acted in the ABC Afterschool Special "High School Narc"
Feature acting debut, "Witness" playing the brother of Alexander Godunov
Acted in the quirky, progressive music-infused comedy "Salvation!"; met future wife, X singer Exene Cervenka
First leading role in a feature, Renny Harlin's suspenseful "Prison"
Appeared in "Let's Get Lost" the documentary biopic of jazz musician Chet Baker
Landed a supporting role in the romantic drama "Fresh Horses"
Featured in the unimpressive horror sequel "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III" and the slightly better faring Western sequel "Young Guns II"
Delivered impressive starring performance in "The Reflecting Skin"
Portrayed David Morse's violent tempered brother with a remarkable turn in Sean Penn's powerful directorial debut "The Indian Runner"
Cast as a wheelchair-bound snitch in "Carlito's Way"
Made a cameo with former wife Exene Cervenka as a homeless couple in the quirky comedy "Floundering"
Starred in the darkly comic thriller "The Crew"
Played an FBI agent sent to infiltrate the Japanese crime organization Yakuza in the independent actioner "American Yakuza"
Appeared as the weapons officer in Tony Scott's suspense thriller "Crimson Tide"
Played Lucifer in Gregory Widen's eerie supernatural feature "The Prophecy"
Appeared in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle "Daylight"
Appeared as one of the suitors of Isabel Archer in "Portrait of the Lady"
Delivered strong performance opposite Demi Moore in Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane"
Starred in the Fox TV-movie remake of the 1970 action-thriller "Vanishing Point"
With Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, formed the third leg of the triangular romance in "A Perfect Murder"; also provided the original art used in the film
Co-starred as Sam Loomis, Marion Crane's boyfriend, in Gus Van Sant's remake of "Psycho"
Played a charming traveling salesman who seduces a frustrated housewife on vacation in the Catskills in Tony Goldwyn's directorial debut "A Walk on the Moon"
Starred opposite Sandra Bullock as a star baseball pitcher in recovery in the rehab-set comedy-drama "28 Days"
Played the dashing and heroic Aragorn in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkein classic "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
Reprised role of Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
Again starred as Aragorn in the third and final installment "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Starred as Frank T. Hopkins, one of the greatest long-distance endurance horse riders, in "Hidalgo"
Cast as frontiersman Jim Bowie in the historical drama "The Alamo"
Plays a nice family man in a small town who gets in touch with a not-so-nice side of himself in David Cronenberg's "The History of Violence"
Starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in "Alatriste," a Spanish film based on the series of novels written by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Re-teamed with "A History of Violence" director David Cronenberg for the Russian mob-themed "Eastern Promises"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
Co-starred with Ed Harris in the Western "Appaloosa"; also directed and co-scripted by Harris
Portrayed a German literary professor in the 1930s, who is enlisted in the Nazi party in "Good"
Cast as the Man in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel "The Road"
Cast as Sigmund Freud opposite Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"
Portrayed Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs in feature adaptation of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac