Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1959-06-22 (62 years old) · Gender: Male

5 Movies · 2 TV shows

Biography

Edmund Viesturs (born June 22, 1959) is a high-altitude mountaineer, corporate speaker, and well known author in the mountain climbing community. He is the only American to have climbed all 14 of the world's eight-thousander mountain peaks, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen. Along with Apa Sherpa, he has summitted peaks of over 8,000 meters on 21 occasions, including Mount Everest seven times; only four other climbers, Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa, Juanito Oiarzabal, Namgyal Sherpa, and Ang Dorje Sherpa, have more high-altitude ascents.Viesturs took part in the 1996 IMAX filming of Everest shortly after the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which became the highest grossing documentary up to that time. Thirteen days after the disaster, his team summited Everest accompanied by a film crew. He also had a cameo in the year 2000 Hollywood blockbuster Vertical Limit. Clive Standen plays Viesturs in the 2015 remake of Everest telling of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

Early Life

Viesturs was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, of Latvian and German descent. He was raised in Rockford, Illinois, Viesturs moved to Seattle, Washington in 1977 to attend the University of Washington. It was here that he began his mountaineering career on the slopes of Mount Rainier. Viesturs graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 with a BS in zoology and worked as a guide for Rainier Mountaineering. He later obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 TV show
TV
Marvel's Storyboards

Marvel's Storyboards

2020
The series follows Joe as he drops in on famous storytellers from all walks of life to talk personal origin stories and what drives their passion for telling.

2017.

1 Movie
Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

2017
Fred Beckey is the legendary American "Dirtbag" mountaineer whose name is spoken in hushed tones around campfires. This rebel climber's pioneering ascents and lifestyle form an iconic legacy that cont...

2000.

1 Movie
Vertical Limit

Vertical Limit

5
2000
Annie was trapped near the summit of K2 and had to call for help. Brother Peter hears Annie's message and assembles a team to save her and her group. The rescuers face several terrifying events that c...

1998.

3 Movies
The Making of Everest

The Making of Everest

1998
How was this IMPOSSIBLE movie actually filmed? Photographing the world's largest mountain in the world's largest film format demanded more than just strength and courage; it required dedication and p...
Everest: The Death Zone

Everest: The Death Zone

1998
Get ready for a (literally) breathtaking trek up Mt. Everest, from Base Camp at 17,600 feet; through the chilling, corpse-strewn Death Zone; to the very pinnacle of the the Earth, five and a half mile...
Everest

Everest

1998
A group of people are climbing. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film shows their preparation for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return to Base Camp. There were many chall...

1996.

1 TV show
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are tackled by The World's Fakest News Team.
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