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Eric Bana

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.

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Aug 9, 1968 In Melbourne, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Forgiven
Latest Project:
Pelicula Rey Arturo: La leyenda de Excalibur 2017-04-27
Known For
Poster of Circuito cerrado
Poster of Hanna
Poster of Lucky You
Poster of Munich
Pelicula The Forgiven Piet Blomfeld 2018
Pelicula Rey Arturo: La leyenda de Excalibur Uther 2017-04-27
Pelicula La hora decisiva Daniel Cluff 2016-01-25
Pelicula Special Correspondents Frank Bonneville 2016-04-22
Pelicula La carta secreta Dr. William Grene 2016-11-04
Pelicula Líbranos del mal Ralph Sarchie 2014-07-01
Pelicula Circuito cerrado Martin Rose 2013-08-28
Pelicula El único superviviente Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen 2013-12-24
Pelicula La huída Addison 2012-11-08
Pelicula Hanna Erik Heller 2011-04-07
Pelicula Más allá del tiempo Henry DeTamble 2009-08-14
Pelicula Hazme reír Clarke 2009-07-31
Pelicula Mary and Max Damien (voice) 2009-02-09
Pelicula Love the Beast Himself 2009-03-12
Pelicula Star Trek, El Futuro Comienza Nero 2009-05-06
Pelicula Translating History to Screen Himself 2008-06-10
Pelicula Las hermanas Bolena Henry Tudor 2008-02-28
Pelicula Rómulo, mi padre Romulus 2007-05-19
Pelicula Lucky You Huck Cheever 2007-05-01
Pelicula Munich Avner 2005-12-22
Pelicula Troya Hector 2004-05-13
Pelicula Buscando a Nemo Anchor (voice) 2003-05-30
Pelicula Hulk Bruce Banner / The Hulk 2003-06-19
Pelicula The Nugget Lotto 2002-10-17
Pelicula Black Hawk derribado Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten 2001-12-28
Series Something in the Air Joe Sabatini 2000-01-17
Pelicula Chopper Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read 2000-06-21
Series Rove Himself 1999-09-22
Pelicula The Castle Con Petropoulous 1997-04-10
Series Full Frontal 1993-05-13
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14