Eric Bana
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Eric Bana

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.

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Eric Bana Movie Credits


Character : Avner

Lucky You

Character : Huck Cheever

Love the Beast

Character : Himself


The Nugget

Character : Lotto

The Time Traveler's Wife

Character : Henry DeTamble


Character : Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read

Romulus, My Father

Character : Romulus


Character : Addison

Closed Circuit

Character : Martin Rose

Deliver Us from Evil

Character : Ralph Sarchie


Character : Bruce Banner / Hulk

The Dry

Character : Aaron Falk

Finke: There & Back

Character : Narrator (voice)


Character : Erik Heller

Translating History to Screen

Character : Himself

Special Correspondents

Character : Frank Bonneville

The Forgiven

Character : Piet Blomfeld

Great Barrier Reef

Character : Narrator


Character : Mad Macka

Envoy: Shark Cull

Character : (narrator)

Force of Nature

Character : Aaron Falk

Making Mary and Max

Character : No character defined


Character : Hector

Black Hawk Down

Character : Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten

Mary and Max

Character : Damien (voice)

The Other Boleyn Girl

Character : Henry Tudor

Back to the Outback

Character : Chaz (voice)

Funny People

Character : Clarke

The Secret Scripture

Character : Dr. William Grene

The Finest Hours

Character : Daniel Cluff

Lone Survivor

Character : Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Character : Uther

The Castle

Character : Con Petropoulous

Star Trek

Character : Nero

Being James Bond

Character : (archive footage)

Finding Nemo

Character : Anchor (voice)


Character : Self

Eric Bana Tv Credits

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Character : Self - Guest

Full Frontal

Character : No character defined


Character : No character defined

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Character : No character defined

Something in the Air

Character : Joe Sabatini


Character : Himself

Stop Laughing... this is serious

Character : Himself - Narrator

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

Character : Self - Special Guest

Dirty John

Character : John Meehan

The Graham Norton Show

Character : Himself

Kath & Kim

Character : Eric Bana