Eric Bana



Eric Bana

Melbourne, Australia

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.



Lucky You
Huck Cheever
Love the Beast
The Nugget
The Time Traveler's Wife
Henry DeTamble
Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read
Romulus, My Father
Closed Circuit
Martin Rose
Deliver Us from Evil
Ralph Sarchie
Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Erik Heller
Translating History to Screen
Special Correspondents
Frank Bonneville
Mary and Max
Damien (voice)
The Other Boleyn Girl
Henry Tudor
The Forgiven
Piet Blomfeld
Funny People
Star Trek
The Secret Scripture
Dr. William Grene
The Finest Hours
Daniel Cluff
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Black Hawk Down
Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten
Lone Survivor
Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen
The Castle
Con Petropoulous
Finding Nemo
Anchor (voice)


Late Night with Conan O'Brien
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Full Frontal
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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Something in the Air
Joe Sabatini
Stop Laughing... this is serious
Himself - Narrator