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Arnold Vosloo        

South African-Born Actor, Spokesperson for the International Fund for Animal Welfare

Arnold Vosloo is a South African-born American actor. He is best known for his roles as Imhotep in "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns," Pik van Cleef in "Hard Target," Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman in "Darkman II" and "Darkman III" and Zartan in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and its sequel.

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," "Saturday Night at the Palace" (based on the play by Paul Slabolepszy about racism in South Africa), "Skeleton Coast" and The "Rutanga Tapes." 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 together with Al Pacino.

His American film debut was in "1492: Conquest of Paradise." He also known for portraying villains such in the John Woo film "Hard Target," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, 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."

Alongside his film career, he guest-starred in several TV series including "The Red Shoe Diaries," "American Gothic," "Nash Bridges," "Charmed," "Alias" and "NCIS." He was one of the main characters in "Veritas: The Quest." He also had a major role in the fourth season of "24," 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. He played mercenary Colonel Coetzee, in the 2006 film "Blood Diamond," which was partially filmed in South Africa.

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