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Arnold Vosloo (born June 16, 1962) is a South African actor, known for playing the title role in the 1999 film The Mummy and its 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns. More recently, he played 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.


Early life

Vosloo was born in Pretoria, into an acting family, his parents (Johan J. Daniel Vosloo and Johanna Petronella, née Vorster) having been stage-actors, and the family moved around quite a lot. They lived in Port Elizabeth, where his father ran a drive-in theater, and Alberton. He has one sister, Nadia. His acting talent was already discovered quite early in a school play. After Highschool and military service (from which he had to be released due to medical reasons [1]) he inscribed at the Pretoria Technikon for drama courses. [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.

His American movie 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 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. Vosloo also played the main antagonist Francois Molay in 2003 movie 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 shows 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.

He is set to star in the drama movie Four Saints as Baron de T’Serclaes.

Personal life

In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalized United States citizen;[3] and married his Act of Piracy co-star Nancy Mulford; they divorced after three years. On October 16, 1998, he remarried, this time to Southern California native Silvia Ahí, a Mexican-American marketing director. His nicknames are "Arny", "Boetie" or "Boeta" (no doubt from his breakthrough role in South Africa). Both Vosloo and Ahi have become spokespersons for the Animal Rights and Rescue group IFAW, the International Fund For Animal Welfare, 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.[4]

YearTitleRoleNotes1984Boetie gaan border toe (Little Brother Goes to the Border)Boetie1985MorengaSchiller1987Skeleton CoastBladeSaturday Night at the PalaceDougieSteel DawnMakker1988Act of PiracySean StevensGorNorman1989Reason to DieWilsonThe RevengerMackie1990Circles in a ForestSaulLiving to DieJimmyThe Rutanga TapesAssadBuried AliveKen Wade1992The Finishing TouchMikael Gant1492: Conquest of ParadiseGuevara1993Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double DareBillHard TargetPick van Cleaf1994Darkman II: The Return of DurantDarkman/Dr. Peyton WestlakeDirect-to-video film1995American GothicRafael SantoTelevision series, Guest star in A Tree Grows in TrinityFallen AngelsMacManTelevision series, Guest star in Fly Paper1996Nash BridgesAlex AbeTelevision series, Guest star in GenesisDarkman III: Die, Darkman, DieDarkman/Dr. Peyton WestlakeDirect-to-video film1997Zeus and RoxanneClaude Carver1998Rough DraftStefanProgenyDr. Craig Burton1999Strange WorldDark-Haired ManTelevision series, Guest star in Pilot and Spirit FallsThe MummyHigh Priest Imhotep2000CharmedDarklighterTelevision series, Guest star in Murphy's Luck2001The Red Phone: ManhuntWolfTelevision FilmThe Mummy ReturnsHigh Priest Imhotep2002Endangered SpeciesWardenCon ExpressAnton SimeonovWarrior AngelsLukeGlobal EffectDr. Richard Hume2003Veritas: The QuestVincent SiminouTelevision series, Series RegularAgent Cody BanksFrancois MolayThe Red Phone: CheckmateWolfTelevision Film2004AliasMr. ZismanTelevision series, Guest star in CrossingsMeltdownKhalid/SandsTelevision FilmForgivenessTertius Coetzee200524Habib MarwanTelevision series, recurring characterIm Auftrag des Vatikans (Death Train)LennartTelevision Film2006Blood DiamondColonel Coetzee2007Living & DyingDetective Rick DevlinSharkAndre ZitofskyTelevision series, Guest star in "Gangster Movies"2008Odysseus and the Isle of the MistsOdysseusSharkAndre 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 AugustinNCISMossad Officer Amit HadarTelevision series, Guest star in "Aliyah"G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraZartan2011Vanilla Gorilla ?Family-Adventure. Release date 24th April 2011The Precious OneKevin StentTrue Story Drama about Olympian Precious McKenzie.Four SaintsBaron de T’Serclaes

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