Eric Bana
  • Eric Bana

  • Birthday: 1968-08-09
  • Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia
  • Biography:

    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.

Eric Bana Movie List

Title Role Year
The Forgiven Piet Blomfeld 2018 Free Watch now
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Uther 2017 Free Watch now
Spielberg Himself 2017 Free Watch now
The Secret Scripture Dr. William Grene 2016 Free Watch now
Special Correspondents Frank Bonneville 2016 Try Prime Free >
The Finest Hours Daniel Cluff 2016 Try Prime Free >
Deliver Us from Evil Ralph Sarchie 2014 Try Prime Free >
Lone Survivor Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen 2013 Try Prime Free >
Closed Circuit Martin Rose 2013 Free Watch now
Deadfall Addison 2012 Try Prime Free >
Hanna Erik Heller 2011 Try Prime Free >
The Time Traveler's Wife Henry DeTamble 2009 Free Watch now
Star Trek Nero 2009 Free Watch now
Mary and Max Damien (voice) 2009 Try Prime Free >
Love the Beast Himself 2009 Try Prime Free >
Funny People Clarke 2009 Free Watch now
The Other Boleyn Girl Henry Tudor 2008 Free Watch now
Romulus, My Father Romulus 2007 Try Prime Free >
Munich Avner 2005 Free Watch now
Troy Hector 2004 Free Watch now
Finding Nemo Anchor (voice) 2003 Try Prime Free >
Hulk Bruce Banner / The Hulk 2003 Free Watch now
The Nugget Lotto 2002 Try Prime Free >
Black Hawk Down Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten 2001 Free Watch now
Chopper Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read 2000 Try Prime Free >
The Castle Con Petropoulous 1997 Try Prime Free >

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