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Eric Bana

1968-08-09 Melbourne, Australia

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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.


Envoy: Shark Cull (narrator) 2021-07-21
The Dry Aaron Falk 2021-01-01
Back to the Outback (voice) 2021-12-03
Being James Bond (archive footage) 2021-08-29
Finke: There & Back Narrator (voice) 2018-06-30
The Forgiven Piet Blomfeld 2018-03-09
Great Barrier Reef Narrator 2018-06-29
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Uther 2017-05-10
The Secret Scripture Dr. William Grene 2017-03-23
Spielberg Self 2017-10-05
Special Correspondents Frank Bonneville 2016-04-22
The Finest Hours Daniel Cluff 2016-01-25
Deliver Us from Evil Ralph Sarchie 2014-07-01
Closed Circuit Martin Rose 2013-08-28
Lone Survivor Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen 2013-12-24
Deadfall Addison 2012-11-08
Hanna Erik Heller 2011-04-07
Mary and Max Damien (voice) 2009-02-09
Love the Beast Himself 2009-03-12
Star Trek Nero 2009-05-06
Funny People Clarke 2009-07-30
The Time Traveler's Wife Henry DeTamble 2009-08-14
The Other Boleyn Girl Henry Tudor 2008-02-28
Translating History to Screen Himself 2008-06-10
Lucky You Huck Cheever 2007-05-01
Romulus, My Father Romulus 2007-05-31
Munich Avner 2005-12-23
Troy Hector 2004-05-03
Hulk Bruce Banner / Hulk 2003-06-19
Finding Nemo Anchor (voice) 2003-05-30
The Nugget Lotto 2002-10-17
Making Mary and Max 2001-01-01
Black Hawk Down Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten 2001-12-28
Chopper Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read 2000-06-21
The Castle Con Petropoulous 1997-04-10
Blueback Mad Macka
Force of Nature Aaron Falk