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Arnold Vosloo

Real name: Arnold Vosloo
Birthdate: June 16, 1962
Status: Married
Partner: Sylvia Ahi

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Arnold Vosloo (born 16 June 1962) is a South African-born U.S. actor, known for playing the title role in the 1999 film The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns. More recently, he played a South African Mercenary named Colonel Coetzee in the film Blood Diamond.

Vosloo was born in Pretoria, South Africa 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. He has one sister, Nadia.

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).

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 Darkman — Darkman 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.

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.

In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalized United States citizen; and married his Act of Piracy co-star Nancy Mulford; they divorced after three years. In 1998, he remarried, this time to Silvia Ahí, a Mexican-American marketing director. His nicknames are "Arny", "Boetie" or "Boeta" (no doubt from his breakthrough role in South Africa). Vosloo is married to artist Sylvia Ahi whom he married 16 October, 1998. 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.

Vosloo's father once worked as a carpenter and made a dinner table that seats 24, which was given as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit (she was still Princess Elizabeth then) to South Africa in 1947.

Vosloo also suffers from the blood disease Porphyria for which he was rejected by the South African Army and given an honourable discharge. The characteristics of porphyria is that if injured and given the wrong drugs, he could die.



 


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