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Eric Bana

Comedian / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Film Director / Actor | * 08/09/1968 (55) | Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)
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Eric Martin Andrew 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). He achieved further critical recognition for starring in the biographical crime film Chopper (2000), and as the titular character in Hulk (2003). 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). He played Hector in the war epic Troy (2004), and took a leading role in Steven Spielberg's historical thriller Munich (2005). In 2009, he played the villain Ner... ()
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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 | Thriller

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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(40)

as Ben Monroe2024 Berlin Nobody
as Aaron Falk2024 Force of Nature: The Dry 2
as Monterey Jack (voice)2022 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
as Mad Macka2022 Blueback
as Chaz (voice)2021 Back to the Outback
as (narrator)2021 Envoy: Shark Cull
as (archive footage)2021 Being James Bond
as Aaron Falk2020 The Dry
as Narrator (voice)2018 Finke: There & Back
as Piet Blomfeld2018 The Forgiven
as Narrator2018 Great Barrier Reef
as himself2017 Spielberg
as Dr. William Grene2017 The Secret Scripture
as Daniel Cluff2016 The Finest Hours
as Frank Bonneville2016 Special Correspondents
as Ralph Sarchie2014 Deliver Us from Evil
as Narrator (voice)2013 Tempest at the Drop-In
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(11)

as John Meehan2018 Dirty John
as Self - Special Guest2018 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
as Himself - Narrator2015 Stop Laughing... this is serious
as himself2007 The Graham Norton Show
as himself2002 Kath & Kim
as Joe Sabatini2000 Something in the Air
as himself1999 Rove
as Self - Guest1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien
as himself??? Today

Movies with Eric Bana as Crew(6)

Production/Producer2024 Force of Nature: The Dry 2
Production/Executive Producer2022 Blueback
Production/Executive Producer2020 The Dry
Production/Executive Producer2014 Paper Planes
Directing/Director2009 Love the Beast
Production/Associate Producer2007 Romulus, My Father

TV Shows/Series with Eric Bana as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer2018 Dirty John

Additional Information

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Full Name: Eric Bana
Citizenship: Australia
Born: Friday, 08/09 1968 (August) in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) (current age: 55 years + 341 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School
Other names for Eric Bana (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Eric Banadinovich"
"Эрик Бана"
"Έρικ Μπάνα"
"에릭 바나"
"Eric Banadinović"
Eric Bana frequently works together with these people:
Matheus Orlandi (22x, Crew)
Robert Connolly (14x, Crew)
Hugh Jackman (6x, Actor)
Charlize Theron (6x, Actress)
Seth Rogen (6x, Actor)
Martina McBride (6x, Actress)
Ryan Reynolds (5x, Actor)
Tina Fey (5x, Actress)
Gary Rydstrom (5x, Crew)
Elton John (5x, Actor)
Andrew Myer (5x, Crew)
Harry Cripps (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:522, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/15/2024