Arnold Vosloo is a South African actor best known for playing the title role in the 1999 film The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns.
Vosloo was born in Pretoria, South Africa into an acting family, his parents having been stage-actors, and the family moved around quite a lot. 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).
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), and Circles in a Forest (based on the book Kringe in 'n Bos by author Dalene Matthee) in 1990.
Vosloo starred in the "Boetie" sequel, Boetie op Maneuvers (Boetie on Maneuvers) in 1986. He also starred in Morenga (1985), Saturday Night at the Palace (based on the play by Paul Slabolepszy), Skeleton Coast (1987) and The Rutanga Tapes (1990).
Upon arriving in America, 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, 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), and Alias (2004).
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.
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 the mercenary, Colonel Coetzee, in the 2006 film Blood Diamond which was partially filmed in South Africa.
In 2007 he appeared in the made-for-TV movie Hidden Camera, as well as the feature film Living & Dying. He also played a guest role on the second season of the legal drama series Shark.
In 2008 he played the title role of Odysseus in the feature film Odysseus and the Isle of the Mists.
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 will portray the Cobra mercenary and master of disguise, Zartan, in the summer 2009 release of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Other scheduled releases include Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles and Vanilla Gorilla.
In 1988, Vosloo became a naturalised United States citizen and married his Act of Piracy co-star Nancy Mulford; they divorced after three years.
On 16 October 1998, he remarried, this time to Silvia Ahí, an 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.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Vosloo noted he looked similar to an 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!"