Arnold Vosloo was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to stage actor parents, Johanna Petronella Vorster and Johannes J. Daniel Vosloo. He is an Afrikaner (of mostly Dutch, as well as German, Swiss-German, Danish, and French, descent).
Vosloo quickly established a fine reputation as an actor in his native South Africa, winning several awards there for his theatre work, including Môre 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 Manoeuvres (1984) and Circles in a Forest (1989), and the Dalro Best Actor Nomination for the film version of Môre Is 'n Lang Dag.
After moving to the United States, he appeared in Born In The R.S.A. at Chicago's Northlight Theatre and starred with Al Pacino and Sheryl Lee in a Circle In The Square Uptown production of Salome, playing Jokanaan. The latter ran for a total of 18 performances between June 28, 1992, and July 2, 1992.
Vosloo's film credits include Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), John Woo's Hard Target (1993) (produced by James Jacks and Sean Daniel), Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995), and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996), both directed by Bradford May, and George Miller's Zeus and Roxanne (1997).
Equally at home on tv, Vosloo appeared in American Gothic (1995) for Fox and Nash Bridges (1996) for CBS. More recently, Vosloo featured in the hit tv series, Bosch (Amazon Prime 2017), The Blacklist (NBC 2019), and Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime 2019) to mention but a few.
Feature films include the famous 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. Vosloo starred in Odysseus in Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld (2008), Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), and as Colonel Martin Bach in The Condor’s Nest (2023)
Over the past few years, we have seen more of Vosloo on local screens with projects such as Griekwastad (Showmax 2019), Ludik (Netflix 2021), and Silverton Siege (Netflix 2021).
He currently spends his time working out of South Africa and the USA.