Eric Bana

Comedian / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Film Director | * 08/09/1968 (51) | Melbourne, Australia
Eric Banadinović, (born 9 August 1968), known professionally as Eric Bana, is an Australian actor. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining notice in the comedy-drama The Castle (1997). Soon after he gained critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper (2000). After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywood's attention for his performance in the war film Black Hawk Down (2001) and the title character in Hulk (2003). He has since played Hector in the movie Troy (2004), the lead in Steven Spielberg's historical drama and political thriller Munich (2005), Henry VIII in ()
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Eric Bana is an Australian film and television actor. He began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biopic Chopper (2000). After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywood's attention by playing the role of American Delta Force Sergeant Norm "Hoot" Hooten in Black Hawk Down (2001), the lead role as Bruce Banner in the Ang Lee directed film Hulk (2003), Prince Hector in the movie Troy (2004), the lead in Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005), and the villain Nero in the science-fiction film Star Trek (2009). An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australia's highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana performs predominantly in leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies and drama to science fiction and action thrillers. Eric Bana was the younger of two children; he has a brother, Anthony. He is of Croatian ancestry on his father's side. Bana's paternal grandfather, Mate Banadinović, fled to Argentina after the Second World War, and Bana's paternal grandmother emigrated to Germany and then to Australia in the 1950s with her son, Ivan (Bana's father). His father was a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc., and his German-born mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser. Bana grew up in Melbourne's Tullamarine, a suburban area on the western edge of the city, near the main airport. In a cover story for The Mail on Sunday, he told author Antonella Gambotto-Burke that his family had suffered from racist taunts, and that it had distressed him. "Wog is such a terrible word," he said. He has stated: "I have always been proud of my origin, which had a big influence on my upbringing. I have always been in the company of people of European origin". Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfather's walk, voice and mannerisms. In school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max (1979), and decided he wanted to become an actor. However, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try stand-up comedy while working as a barman at Melbourne's Castle Hotel. His stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him with enough income to support himself, so he continued his work as a barman and bussing tables.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Action

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Awards & Nominations for Eric Bana

Member of The Order of Australia

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Movies with Eric Bana as Actor(30)

as Aaron Falk2020 The Dry
as Narrator (voice)2018 Finke: There and Back
as Piet Blomfeld2018 The Forgiven
as himself2017 Spielberg
as Daniel Cluff2016 The Finest Hours
as Dr. William Grene2016 The Secret Scripture
as Frank Bonneville2016 Special Correspondents
as Ralph Sarchie2014 Deliver Us from Evil
as Martin Rose2013 Closed Circuit
as Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen2013 Lone Survivor
as Addison2012 Deadfall
as Erik Heller2011 Hanna
as Damien (voice)2009 Mary and Max
as Nero2009 Star Trek
as himself2009 Love the Beast
as Clarke2009 Funny People
as Henry DeTamble2009 The Time Traveler's Wife
as Henry Tudor2008 The Other Boleyn Girl
as Romulus2007 Romulus, My Father
as Huck Cheever2007 Lucky You
as Avner2005 Munich
as Hector2004 Troy
as Bruce Banner / Hulk2003 Hulk
as Anchor (voice)2003 Finding Nemo
as Lotto2002 The Nugget
as Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten2001 Black Hawk Down
as Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read2000 Chopper
as Con Petropoulous1997 The Castle

TV Shows/Series with Eric Bana as Actor(9)

as John Meehan2018 Dirty John
as Himself - Narrator2015 Stop Laughing... this is serious
as Joe Sabatini2000 Something in the Air
as himself1999 Rove
??? Today

Movies with Eric Bana as Crew(3)

Production/Executive Producer2020 The Dry
Production/Executive Producer2014 Paper Planes
Directing/Director2009 Love the Beast

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Eric Bana
Citizenship: Australia
Born: Friday, 08/09 1968 (August) in Melbourne (current age: 51 years + 173 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Other names for Eric Bana (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Eric Banadinovich"
"Эрик Бана"
"에릭 배너"
"Έρικ Μπάνα"
"Eric Banadinović"
Eric Bana frequently works together with these people:
Matheus Orlandi (22x, Crew)
Robert Connolly (6x, Crew)
Martina McBride (6x, Cast)
Ben Stiller (4x, Actor)
Hugh Jackman (4x, Actor)
Charlize Theron (4x, Actress)
Seth Rogen (4x, Actor)
Hilary Duff (4x, Actress)
Andrew Stanton (4x, Crew)
Amanda Bynes (4x, Actress)
Molly Shannon (4x, Actress)
Peter Berg (4x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:522, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/20/2020