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Arnold Vosloo was born on 16 June, 1962. He is a South African actor., he is An Afrikaner of Dutch and German ancestry. Born into a Pretoria acting family, his parents having been stage-actors. They lived in Despatch, where his father ran a drive-in theater, and Alberton. He has one sister. After high school and military service (from which he received a medical discharge), he took drama courses at the Pretoria Technikon.
He is known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Colonel Coetzee in Blood Diamond, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target, Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman in Darkman II and Darkman III, Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, and terrorist Habib Marwan during Season 4 of the television series.
Arnold 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).
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. hH 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., Arnold 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 film 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’s also known for portraying villains such in the John Woo film Hard Target (1993), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He played the title role of the 1999 film 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 and the main antagonist. Vosloo also played François Molay, the main villain’s henchman, in the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks
In 1988, Arnold became a naturalized United States citizen after marrying his Act of Piracy and Skeleton Coast co-star Nancy Mulford; they divorced three years later. On 16 October 1998, he married Southern California native Silvia Ahí, a Mexican-American marketing director. He and Ahí are spokespersons for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.