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Also Known As: Anson Adams Mount Iv Died:
Born: February 25, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Prospect Heights, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, director

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An intense actor, Anson Mount had several credits under his belt when he earned teen fame as Britney Spears' love interest in the coming-of-age dramedy "Crossroads" (2002). Doing his best to avoid being typecast as a lightweight hunk, Mount landed fulltime gigs on "Line of Fire" (ABC, 2003-04), "The Mountain" (The WB, 2004-05) and "Conviction" (NBC, 2006), as well as booking supporting roles in "In Her Shoes" (2005) and "Straw Dogs" (2011). He came into his own as an adult actor when he impressed critics and fans alike in the demanding dramatic lead role of vengeance-seeking Civil War veteran Cullen Bohannon in the railroad-themed Western "Hell on Wheels" (AMC, 2011- ). Unlike many of his contemporaries who found early success in teen projects, Anson Mount actively focused on building a career rooted in heavier roles and more challenging subject matter.Born Feb. 25, 1973 in White Bluff, TN, Anson Adams Mount IV graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in theater in 1998 and made his screen debut the following year with guest spots on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). After roles in "Boiler Room" (2000) and "Urban Legends: Final Cut" (2000), he recurred on...

An intense actor, Anson Mount had several credits under his belt when he earned teen fame as Britney Spears' love interest in the coming-of-age dramedy "Crossroads" (2002). Doing his best to avoid being typecast as a lightweight hunk, Mount landed fulltime gigs on "Line of Fire" (ABC, 2003-04), "The Mountain" (The WB, 2004-05) and "Conviction" (NBC, 2006), as well as booking supporting roles in "In Her Shoes" (2005) and "Straw Dogs" (2011). He came into his own as an adult actor when he impressed critics and fans alike in the demanding dramatic lead role of vengeance-seeking Civil War veteran Cullen Bohannon in the railroad-themed Western "Hell on Wheels" (AMC, 2011- ). Unlike many of his contemporaries who found early success in teen projects, Anson Mount actively focused on building a career rooted in heavier roles and more challenging subject matter.

Born Feb. 25, 1973 in White Bluff, TN, Anson Adams Mount IV graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in theater in 1998 and made his screen debut the following year with guest spots on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). After roles in "Boiler Room" (2000) and "Urban Legends: Final Cut" (2000), he recurred on "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005) and landed his breakthrough role as the mysterious, sexy Ben who romances a road-tripping Britney Spears in her film debut "Crossroads" (2002). Although Mount had reservations about taking the role, it put him on the radar of a certain generation and earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination.

Mount worked hard, however, to distance himself from a teen heartthrob reputation by appearing in the "Project Greenlight" (HBO, 2001-04; Bravo, 2005)-winning film "The Battle of Shake Heights" (2003) before landing series regular roles on the crime drama "Line of Fire" (ABC, 2003-04) and the skiing resort family saga "The Mountain" (The WB, 2004-05). He played a sexual conquest of Cameron Diaz's flighty Maggie in "In Her Shoes" (2005), guested on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), and starred as a hard-edged attorney on Dick Wolf's "Conviction" (NBC, 2006). When that show ended, he joined John Stamos to play a pair of brothers whose ruthless competitive natures destroy themselves and everyone else in "The Two Mr. Kissels" (Lifetime, 2008).

Mount lensed supporting roles in the road trip drama "Hick" (2011), the thriller remake "Straw Dogs" (2011) and as one of "Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" (National Geographic Channel, 2012), but finally achieved his adult breakthrough role on the hit Western series "Hell on Wheels" (AMC, 2011- ). On the gritty drama, Mount played Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier holding down the day job of helping to build the Pacific Railroad while seeking revenge on the northerners who murdered his family.

By Jonathan Riggs

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Forger, The (2014)
2.
 Non-Stop (2014)
4.
 Straw Dogs (2011)
5.
 Burning Palms (2011)
6.
 Last Night (2010)
7.
 Cook County (2008)
8.
9.
 Walk the Talk (2007)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in White Bluff, TN
1999:
Played Joshua in Terrence McNally's controversial play "Corpus Christi"
1999:
Made primetime debut on episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal"
2000:
Feature film debut, "Boiler Room"
2000:
Starred in the well-received independent drama "Tully"
2000:
Acted in featured role in "Urban Legends: The Final Cut"
2000:
Made directorial debut with short film "Nose"
2000:
Played recurring part of a doctor on the NBC series "Third Watch"
2002:
Co-starred with Britney Spears in "Crossroads"
2002:
Appeared alongside Robert De Niro in "City by the Sea"
2003:
Cast on the ABC drama "Line of Fire," created by Rod Lurie
2005:
Appeared in Curtis Hanson's "In Her Shoes," adapted from the novel by Jennifer Weiner
2008:
Co-starred in the Lifetime movie "The Two Mr. Kissels" alongside John Stamos and Robin Tunney
2011:
Cast in Rod Lurie's feature remake of "Straw Dogs"
2011:
Starred on AMC Western drama "Hell on Wheels"
2012:
Cast in action thriller "Safe," Jason Statham
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Education

Dickson County High School: Nashville , Tennessee - 1991
University of the South: Sewanee , Tennessee - 1995
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1998

Notes

"I never even lived with a woman. It's nothing I'm not open to, but at this point I know the kind of woman I could have a relationship with, and I'm not willing to compromise. The most important thing is she has to make me laugh. I can be a pretty serious guy." --Anson Mount quoted in USA Today, February 12, 2002.

"I also like dating people that aren't in the [entertainment] business. I'd just like to meet somebody normal, you know? I'm doing that horrible thing they call dating, but what else are you gonna do."-Mount

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father:
Anson Adams Mount III. Sportswriter. Wrote for <i>Playboy</i>; died at age 60 in 1986.
mother:
Nancy Smith. Former professional golfer. Born c. 1946.

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