Eric Bana

Eric Bana ( born August 9, 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria as Eric Banadinović ) is an Australian actor, screenwriter and film producer.

  • 2.1 Cinema
  • 2.2 television


Early life

Eric Bana was born as the son of Ivan Banadinović, a Croatian representative or manager at Caterpillar, and his wife Eleanor, a German hairdresser. Actually, he wanted to be a car mechanic and racer. He first tried his hand at odd jobs such as washing cars or bartending a hotel bar, where he performed as a stand- up comedian.

Bana then studied acting in Sydney and went several times to in Shakespearean plays. Later, he was taken in Sydney at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.


After completing his studies Bana began a career as a comedian and was known by the Australian comedy sketch series Full Frontal. Alongside he hosted the TV show Eric, for which he also wrote the screenplays and acted as co - producer. In addition, he starred in the variety show The Eric Bana Show with live. The most established character of his early career was Poida, an Australian " bogan " ( a term used in Australia and New Zealand, which describes a white, young man from the working class ).

After a small role in the Australian low-budget hit The Castle (1997) is Bana moved for a few years in the entertainment industry back. In 2000, he returned for the film Chopper back to the canvas. Chopper received mostly positive reviews and won three Australian Film Institute Awards, including the for best actor.

He then took over the role of Norm " Hoot" Gibson in Ridley Scott's film Black Hawk Down. He has also appeared in the Australian comedy The Nugget and made his debut as the lead in Ang Lee's comic book adaptation Hulk. On the recommendation of Brad Pitt he played the role of Hector in Troy. In Steven Spielberg's film Munich, about the Olympic bombing in 1972, he played the role of the Israeli Mossad agent Avner.

2007 also played Bana in Curtis Hanson's poker drama film Lucky You and Romulus, My Father. In the historical romantic drama The Other Boleyn Girl, he served as Henry VIII on display in 2008 at the side of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. In 2009, he starred in the bestseller adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife ends directed by Robert Schwentke and in the Star Trek movie as the villain Nero eleventh. In the same year he was with the documentary Love the Beast his debut as a director. Beginning of 2013, he plays as an advertising medium the lead role in the short film Duels of Matteo Garrone for the campaign to the men's fragrance Man Extreme by Bulgari.

Bana is mainly synchronized by Benjamin Völz.


Bana Rebecca Gleeson, a former journalist of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Seven Network ( inter alia, also producer of the television series Full Frontal ), married. They have two children and live in Melbourne.

Bana is a big motorsport fan and travels often in his home country race. He is also a supporter of Australian football and supports the St. Kilda Football Club.

Filmography (selection)