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Also Known As: Eric Banadinovich Died:
Born: August 9, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: comedian, actor, comedy writer, barman

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Like his American contemporaries Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey, actor Eric Bana started his career as a comedic performer on television before striking out in films. In his native Australia, Bana starred in several sketch-comedy shows, including "The Eric Bana Show" (1997). But it was his turn in the dark and twisted drama "Chopper" (2000) that launched his standing as a viable actor of considerable worth, while earning him the opportunity to break into Hollywood features. From there, he had a noticeable supporting turn in "Black Hawk Down" (2001) and starred as the titular green superhero in Ang Lee's "Hulk" (2003). Following a respectable performance in the otherwise derided sword-and-sandal epic "Troy" (2004), Bana took a decisive turn to more thought-provoking films like Steven Spielberg's 1970s-style thriller, "Munich" (2005), which earned the actor considerable acclaim and solidified his standing as a gifted actor.

Like his American contemporaries Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey, actor Eric Bana started his career as a comedic performer on television before striking out in films. In his native Australia, Bana starred in several sketch-comedy shows, including "The Eric Bana Show" (1997). But it was his turn in the dark and twisted drama "Chopper" (2000) that launched his standing as a viable actor of considerable worth, while earning him the opportunity to break into Hollywood features. From there, he had a noticeable supporting turn in "Black Hawk Down" (2001) and starred as the titular green superhero in Ang Lee's "Hulk" (2003). Following a respectable performance in the otherwise derided sword-and-sandal epic "Troy" (2004), Bana took a decisive turn to more thought-provoking films like Steven Spielberg's 1970s-style thriller, "Munich" (2005), which earned the actor considerable acclaim and solidified his standing as a gifted actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Beware the Night (2014)
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 Lone Survivor (2013)
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 Closed Circuit (2013)
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 Deadfall (2012)
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 Year 12 (2012)
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 Hanna (2011)
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 Mary and Max (2009)
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 Love the Beast (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1991:
Began performing stand-up comedy
1993:
Appeared regularly in the Australian comedy/variety series "Full Frontal"
1997:
Starred in the Australian TV series "Eric"
1997:
Feature film debut, "The Castle"
2000:
Earned plaudits for his dramatice portrayal of real-life murderer and cult figure Mark Read in "Chopper"
2000:
Had supporting role in the Australian comedy-drama series "Something in the Air"
2001:
Cast as an American sergeant in "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Starred in Bill Bennett's "The Nugget"
2003:
Cast as Bruce Banner in Ang lee's feature adaptation of "The Hulk"
2003:
Voiced Anchor in the animated hit "Finding Nemo"
2004:
Cast as Greek warrior Hector in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"
2005:
Starred in "Munich"; Steven Spielberg's retelling of the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered
2007:
Portrayed a professional poker player in the Curtis Hanson-directed drama "Lucky You"
2008:
Portrayed King Henry VIII opposite Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in "The Other Boleyn Girl"
2009:
Cast as Nero, the film's time-travelling Romulan villain, in J. J. Abrams' "Star Tek
2009:
Played Leslie Mann's husband in Judd Apatow's "Funny People"
2009:
Co-starred with Rachel McAdams in the film adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
2011:
Played an ex-CIA agent who trains his daughter (Saoirse Ronan) to become an assassin in "Hanna"
2012:
Co-starred with Olivia Wilde as siblings who flee after a botched casino heist in crime drama "Deadfall"
2013:
Featured in the thriller "Closed Circuit"
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Notes

"I feel as though I'm in a really tasteless and very long 'Candid Camera' sketch. What I mean is, someone's gonna come in here and tap me on the shoulder and go, 'Ta-dah! The last 12 months we've been following you around with cameras, and it's all just a big joke.' Which I won't find very funny."---Eric Bana on his newfound celebrity to Lewis Beale of the Daily News April 1, 2001

"Once I'd read the script I was very excited. The opportunities for an actor to play these kinds of characters are few and far between. I think the film examines a delicate and potentially controversial subject in an intelligent and humane way."---Eric Bana on his decision to star in "Chopper" to the British website 6 Degrees January 2001

"... Eric Bana is magnificent; he is a genuine revelation, as explosive and disturbing in his likeable but offensive way as was Robert De Niro's Travis in 'Taxi Driver'." --From Andrew L Urban's review of "Chopper" on www.urbancinefile.com.au

"It's tough enough for a kid having a dad that does what I do. I'm sure he's a bit confused. When Dad goes to work, it means me either being covered in tattoos, dressed as a council worker or carrying a gun."---Jackson on how his career effects his son Marie Claire March 2002

"For some reason, it still hasn't dawned on me. We were standing at the bar having a drink and I said, 'Do you know something...'You're Wolverine and I'm the Hulk. Do you realize that? It's kind of weird.'"---Eric Bana, CNN.com, June 23, 2003

"Yeah, it has a bit. I mean, for the last, I guess, year and a half, two years, there's been some wonderful opportunities and offers and I take them all very seriously and try to be very choosy. That, to me, is the greatest guarantee in what's happening to me now and obviously it helped me find this incredible role that I'm doing now over on Troy. Yeah, it opens up doors and that, to me is where it's at."---Bana on if "The Hulk" has changed his career www.darkhorizons.com June 3, 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Rebecca Gleeson. Married c. 1997.
wife:
Rebecca Gleeson. Separated from Lewis' father c. 1975.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Klaus Bana. Born c. 1998.
son:
Klaus Bana. Separated from Lewis' mother c. 1975.
daughter:
Sophia Bana. Born c. 2002.
mother:
Eleanor Bana. German.
brother:
Anthony Bana. Mother Douska Horvath; survived him.
brother:
Anthony Bana. Three years older.
daughter:
Sophia Bana. Mother, Douska Horvath; survived him.
father:
Ivan Bana. Croatian.
father:
Ivan Bana. Has an older sister.
mother:
Eleanor Bana. Minister.
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