Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

He's a well-known musician, a global ambassador of South Africa's cultural diversity, and one of South Africa's most recognizable faces since his ground-breaking album, The World Is in Your Hands, went platinum.

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)Known for playing villains and terrorists in numerous films and television series (and often mixed up with his North American doppelganger Billy Zane), South African-born actor Arnold Vosloo was an award-winning theatre actor in his native country prior to making a name for himself in America. He performed in plays throughout the '80s before moving to the States in the early '90s to pursue a film career. His breakthrough role came in the 1993 action-thriller, "Hard Target," directed by John Woo and starring Jean-Claude van Damme. Vosloo landed the role of Pik Van Clear, a murderous thug, after Woo saw him perform in a short-lived stage production of "Salome" on a New York Stage. Vosloo appeared as John the Baptist in the production, which was closed after a mere 18 performances. Yet it was enough for Vosloo to be discovered by Woo, who subsequently cast Vosloo in his upcoming action film. For Vosloo, it was the start of a decades-long career as one of Hollywood's go-to bad guys, which he would perfect in such films as "The Mummy" (1999) and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), as well as on the FOX action series, "24" (2001-2010).


In 1984, he moved on to film where he continued Dalro Award-winning performances in films such as Boetie gaan Border toe (Boetie 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. Next was the German three-parter 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.

Vosloo quickly established a fine reputation as an actor in his native South Africa, winning several awards there for his theater work, including "More Is 'n Lang Dag", "Don Juan" and "Torch Song Trilogy". A regular performer with South Africa's State Theatre, he also played leading roles in "Savages", "Twelfth Night" and "Hamlet". His film career in the RSA brought him The Dalro Award as Best Actor for both Boetie Gaan Border Toe! (1984) and Circles in a Forest (1989), and the Dalro Best Actor Nomination for the film version of More Is 'n Lang Dag. (Source: www.imdb.com)



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