Eric Bana

Eric Bana
Eric Bana at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Bana at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born
Eric Banadinović

(1968-08-09) 9 August 1968 (age 50)
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Occupation
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)
Rebecca Gleeson (m. 1997)
Children2
Comedy career
MediumFilm, television, e-bana.com

Eric Banadinović (born 9 August 1968), known professionally as Eric Bana (ə/), is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before his first movie, comedy-drama The Castle (1997), got him noticed by global audiences. 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 his most successful and critically acclaimed film, Stan Lee's Marvel Comics film 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 The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), and the villain Nero in the science-fiction film Star Trek (2009). Bana also played Henry De Tamble in The Time Traveler's Wife (2009). In 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the following year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil.

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.[1] Bana has performed across a wide spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies and drama to science fiction and action thrillers.

Early life

Bana was born in Melbourne, Australia.[2][3][4][5] His father, Ivan, was Croatian and worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar Inc., and his German mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser, originally from near Mannheim in Germany. He has one older brother, Anthony.[5] Bana grew up in Melbourne's Tullamarine, a suburban area on the northern edge of the city, near Melbourne's international airport, and attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.[6] 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.[7] 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".[2]

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.[8] As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max (1979), and decided he wanted to become an actor.[6] However, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try 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, however, so he continued his work as a barman and waiting tables.[9][10]

Other Languages
العربية: إريك بانا
azərbaycanca: Erik Bana
تۆرکجه: اریک بانا
Bân-lâm-gú: Eric Bana
български: Ерик Бана
català: Eric Bana
čeština: Eric Bana
dansk: Eric Bana
Deutsch: Eric Bana
eesti: Eric Bana
Ελληνικά: Έρικ Μπάνα
español: Eric Bana
Esperanto: Eric Bana
euskara: Eric Bana
فارسی: اریک بانا
français: Eric Bana
galego: Eric Bana
한국어: 에릭 바나
հայերեն: Էրիկ Բանա
hrvatski: Eric Bana
Bahasa Indonesia: Eric Bana
italiano: Eric Bana
עברית: אריק באנה
қазақша: Эрик Бана
latviešu: Ēriks Bana
magyar: Eric Bana
മലയാളം: എറിക് ബന
მარგალური: ერიკ ბანა
монгол: Эрик Бана
Nederlands: Eric Bana
norsk: Eric Bana
occitan: Eric Bana
polski: Eric Bana
português: Eric Bana
română: Eric Bana
русский: Бана, Эрик
Scots: Eric Bana
Simple English: Eric Bana
slovenščina: Eric Bana
српски / srpski: Ерик Бана
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Eric Bana
suomi: Eric Bana
svenska: Eric Bana
Türkçe: Eric Bana
Türkmençe: Erik Bana
українська: Ерік Бана