Mount is born in Mount Prospect, Illinois to Nancy Smith, a professional golf player and Anson Adams Mount II, a sports and religion editor to Playboy magazine. He has an older brother and a half sister. He grows up in White Bluff, Tennessee.
I have a great-great-great-grandfather who was a Confederate cavalry colonel, and I still have his military composite photo on my wall. The chemicals in the photo tint have changed over the years to the point that he looks green. One of my family members apparently still has the piece of paper that listed every thing in his pocket when he got shot. I grew up hunting with shotguns and rifles, and we had a gun in every corner of the living room.
In this AMC Network series set in 1895, Mount portrays a Confederate soldier set on revenge for the deaths of his wife and child and ends up working on the Transcontinental Railroad. Co-starring Common and Colm Meaney.
I’m from the rural South and my interest in this period borders on the religious, and I’ve been paranoid that I’m missing something.
Mount is interviewed by OK! TV, where he talks about Hell on Wheels and life as an actor.
I think what most people see, particularly most young people who are getting into the business see or what is put in front of them are people who are at the point of success. They don’t see the 15 years of eating hot dogs and drinking tea ’cause that’s all you can afford.