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Born: August 15, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ljubljana, SI Profession: actor

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Even though most people could not pronounce Zeljko Ivanek's name, there was no denying he made an impression every time he appeared onscreen. Already an accomplished stage star, Ivanek appeared in several film and TV projects, often as conniving and evil men who wore three-piece suits. His performance as a smooth-talking Southern lawyer in "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) earned the Slovenian-born actor his first time Emmy Award nomination and win in 2008, where he went up against his co-star Ted Danson for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Even though most people could not pronounce Zeljko Ivanek's name, there was no denying he made an impression every time he appeared onscreen. Already an accomplished stage star, Ivanek appeared in several film and TV projects, often as conniving and evil men who wore three-piece suits. His performance as a smooth-talking Southern lawyer in "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) earned the Slovenian-born actor his first time Emmy Award nomination and win in 2008, where he went up against his co-star Ted Danson for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Words, The (2012)
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 Argo (2012)
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 Tower Heist (2011)
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 In Bruges (2008)
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 Hoax, The (2006)
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 Manderlay (2005)
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 Manchurian Candidate, The (2004) Vaughn Utly
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1981:
Made Broadway debut in "The Survivor"
1981:
Appeared in U.S. premiere of Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine"
1982:
Originated the role of Hally in Athol Fugard's play "Master Harold...and the Boys"
1982:
Made film debut in "Tex"
1982:
Originated the role of Stanley in Neil Simon's Broadway play "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; earned a Tony Award nomination
1982:
First starring role in the horror film "The Sender"
1984:
Appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in the feature "Mass Appeal"
1984:
Made TV miniseries debut as Bill Gorton in "The Sun Also Rises" (NBC)
1992:
Played a malicious French teacher in "School Ties"
1993:
Cast in recurring role of prosecuting attorney Ed Danverson on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1996:
Cast in Edward Zwick's "Courage Under Fire"
1996:
Played a Coast Guard Captain in the Ridley Scott directed "White Squall"
1997:
Cast as Governor James Devlin on the HBO prison drama "Oz"
1998:
Cast as one of John Travolta's associates in the legal drama "A Civil Action"
2000:
First film with director Lars von Trier, "Dancer in the Dark"
2000:
Acted on the London stage in Neil LaBute's "Bash: Latter-Day Plays"
2001:
Cast as an assistant to Mason Verger in Ridley Scott's "Hannibal"
2001:
Appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in "The Dumbwaiter" and "The Zoo Story"; both co-starred Sam Rockwell
2001:
Once again directed by Ridley Scott in "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Appeared on the first season of "24" (Fox)
2003:
Second film with director Lars von Trier, "Dogville"
2005:
Cast in Martin McDonagh's Broadway play "The Pillowman" at the Booth Theatre
2006:
Cast as an intense naval officer in the Broadway revival of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial"; earned a Tony Award nomination
2006:
Re-teamed with von Trier for "Manderlay"; the second part to director's U.S.A. trilogy
2007:
Cast as attorney Ray Fiske on FX legal drama "Damages"
2008:
Portrayed Pennsylvania representative John Dickinson in HBO miniseries "John Adams"
2009:
Appeared in the third and fourth seasons of "Big Love" (HBO) as Nicki Grant's (Chloƫ Sevigny) first husband
2010:
Cast as Director of National Intelligence Blake Sterling on "The Event" (NBC)
2012:
Played a doctor in "The Bourne Legacy"
2012:
Cast alongside Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"
2012:
Cast in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1978
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: - 1980

Notes

His name is pronounced ZHEL-ko Ee-VAH-nek

Ivanek is proficient in English, French, German, Slovenian, and his native Serbo-Croat.

"[Acting] was the only thing that I took any real pleasure from, and it always seemed the most logical thing to pursue. I started out with a juvenile desire for attention, probably. By the time I got to college, I settled onto more specific reasons about what it is I get out of it and why I want to continue doing it." --Ivanek quoted in "Caught in the Act: New York Actors Face to Face", interviews by Don Shewey. New York: New American Library, 1986.

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