St. Lawrence University home to two award-winning actors


Aspiring actors may want to explore the options St. Lawrence University has to offer after learning that famous performers Kirk Douglas and Viggo Mortensen once attended the school.

The New York-based private school was home to Douglas, who was named the 17th greatest male American screen legend of all time by the American Film Institute. He also received the Academy Honorary Award for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.

Known best for his role as Spartacus in the film of the same name, he went on to become a three-time academy award nominee for best actor for his roles in Lust for Life, Bad and the Beautiful as well as Champion.

Mortensen earned a bachelor's degree in government and Spanish at St. Lawrence and later appeared in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Aragorn. He, along with his cast mates, earned the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in each of the Lord of the Rings motion pictures. He has also been nominated for many best actors awards from other acting guilds.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 7,000 new job opportunities for actors are expected to be available in the coming years.

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