Eric Bana

BirthDay:

09 Aug 1968

BirthPlace:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

BirthName:

Eric Banadinovic

Bio:

Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family and was a hairdresser.

Young Bana grew up in suburban Melbourne. He was popular among his schoolmates for his talent of making comic impressions of his teachers. At that time, he was fond of Mel Gibson in Mad Max (1979) and also decided to become an actor. He moved to Sydney and worked odd jobs to support himself. In 1991, he began a career as a stand-up comedian, while working as a barman at Melbourne's Castle Hotel. In 1993, Bana made his television debut on Steve Vizard's Tonight Live with Steve Vizard (1990) talk show, then joined the Full Frontal (1993) TV-series. He gained popularity for making impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruse and "Colombo". In 1996, he started his own show titled Eric (1997), then launched a comedy series titled The Eric Bana Show Live (1997). The show was canceled for the lack of substantial audience, however, in 1997, Bana received the Logie Award for "Most Popular Comedian" for his work on The Eric Bana Show Live (1997).

He made his film debut in The Castle (1997), in a supporting comic role. That same year, he was cast to portray Mark "Chopper" Read, the notorious Australian underworld figure. For the role, Bana gained 30 pounds, by eating junk food; he also spent a few days with Read in prison, in order to perfect his mimicry. Bana completely transformed himself into a bald, fat, disturbed criminal. He would arrive on the film set at four in the morning, spending several hours in makeup, being tattooed exactly like Read. Chopper (2000) became an international success and won three Australian Film Institute Awards. Bana won the Best Actor at the 2000 Stockholm Film Festival and also the AFI 2000 Best Actor Award. Then he co-starred in Black Hawk Down (2001), then starred in Hulk (2003). In 2002, he was cast as a Trojan "Prince Hector" in the historical epic Troy (2004), after being recommended by Brad Pitt, who admired Bana for his work in Chopper (2000). In 2005, Bana co-starred with Daniel Craig and Geoffrey Rush in the political drama Munich (2005) directed by Steven Spielberg.

In 1995, he began dating Rebecca Gleeson, a publicist and daughter of Australian High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson. The following year, he was named "Bachelor of the Year" by Cleo Magazine, and won a trip for two to the United States. He invited Gleeson, and proposed to her during that romantic trip. In 1997, the two were married; their son, Klaus, was born in 1999, their daughter, Sophia, was born in 2002. He currently resides in Melbourne with his wife and their two children. Bana is a passionate supporter of Australian football.
Filmography

Actor ( 84 credits )

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Uther Pendragon
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Uther Pendragon
The Forgiven (2017) Piet Blomfeld
Special Correspondents (2016)
The Finest Hours (2016)
The Secret Scripture (2016) Dr. William Grene
Stop Laughing... This Is Serious (2015)  Himself - Narrator (3 episodes, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Ralph Sarchie
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Lone Survivor (2013) Erik Kristensen
Closed Circuit (2013) Martin Rose
Movie Guide (2013)  Martin Vickers (1 episode, 2013)
Tempest at the Drop-in (2013) Narrator (voice)
Deadfall (2012) Addison
Eddie McGuire Tonight (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Hanna (2011) Erik Heller
Conan (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Henry
Funny People (2009) Clarke
Love the Beast (2009) Himself
Star Trek (2009) Nero
Mary and Max (2009) Damien (voice)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Henry Tudor
Romulus, My Father (2007) Romulus Gaita
Lucky You (2007) Huck Cheever
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2009-2014)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (5 episodes, 2009-2013)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2012-2014)
Movie Rush (2006)  Himself
Morning Glory (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Munich (2005) Avner
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (4 episodes, 2011-2014)
20 to 1 (2005)  Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read (1 episode, 2006)
DeLuxe (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Troy (2004) Hector
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Hulk (2003) Bruce Banner
Finding Nemo (2003) Anchor (voice)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Sunrise (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Cartaz Cultural (2003)  Himself (2008)
4Pop (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Nugget (2002) Lotto
Top Gear (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Kath & Kim (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Player$ (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Black Hawk Down (2001) Hoot
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Ray Martin Show (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Chopper (2000) Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read
Something in the Air (2000)  Joe Sabatini (202 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (5 episodes, 2000-2009)
The Big Schmooze (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Arctic Adventure (2000) Oz (voice)
All Saints (1998)  Rob Biletsky (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Panel (1998)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2002)
The Castle (1997) Con Petropoulous
Eric (1997)  Various Characters (9 episodes, 1997)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
The Eric Bana Show Live (1997)  Himself (8 episodes, 1997)
Australian Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Cartelera (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Full Frontal (1993)  Various Characters / ... (88 episodes, 1993-1997)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
E! News (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Weekend Today (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (5 episodes, 2009-2014)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Today (1952)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2014)

Producer ( 3 credits )

Paper Planes (2014) executive producer
Love the Beast (2009) producer
Eric (1997) producer (9 episodes, 1997)

Writer ( 3 credits )

Eric (1997) (9 episodes, 1997)
The Eric Bana Show Live (1997) (8 episodes, 1997)
Full Frontal (1993) (27 episodes, 1993-1996)

Director ( 1 credit )

Love the Beast (2009)