About Goran Visnjic
Born in the small coastal town of Sivinik on the Adriatic, Visnjic began his acting studies while still a teenager. After completing the required military service in the Yugoslavian army, the Balkan war broke out and he briefly served in the Croatian army.
Leaving the military, Visnjic joined the Croatian National Theatre. Cast as Laertes in a production of "Hamlet", the 21-year old actor assumed the title role when the actor originally cast fell ill. He scored a success with his performance and went on to play the role in throughout Croatia. He found work in local TV productions and landed a Tuborg beer commercial that aired in Europe.
Small roles in the American TV-movie "Alistair MacLean's 'Night Watch'" (USA Network, 1995) and in the feature "The Peacemaker" (1997) followed before Winterbottom cast him as Risto. Subsequently, he appeared as Nicole Kidman's abusive boyfriend in "Practical Magic" (1998) before joining the cast of NBC's hit medical drama "ER" in fall 1999 as pediatrician Dr. Luka Kovac.
Following his "ER" breakthrough, Visnjic appeared in a succession of small films, including "Committed" (2000), "The Deep End" (2001), the UK thriller "Doctor Sleep" (2002) and the Croatian-made films "The Last Will/Posljednja volja" (2001) and "Duga Mracna Noc" (2004), also serving as a producer on the latter two. He also took on the role of "Spartacus" for a 2004 TV remake of the classic film, and received his first major US starring role on the big screen, playing Jennifer Garner's potential love interest in the comic book actioner "Elektra" (2005).
|Mirela Rupic. Visnjic confessed to having a drunken one-night stand with Rupic, which led to her pregnancy and resulted in her daughter Lana|
|Ivana Visnjic. Married in 1999; daughter of filmmaker Antun Vrdoljak|
|Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Acted in several Croatian-language features|
|Featured in a European TV commercial for Tuborg beer|
|Joined the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb|
|Served in both the Yugoslavian and Croatian armies|
|Played the title role in a production if "Hamlet"|
|Made U.S. television debut in Alistair MacLean's "Night Watch"|
|American film debut, "The Peacemaker"|
|Landed breakthrough role in "Welcome to Sarajevo"|
|Cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "Practical Magic"|
|Portrayed pediatrician Dr. Luka Kovac on the NBC medical drama "ER"|
|Played a lusty artist interested in a married Heather Graham in the comedy "Committed"|
|Had supporting role as a blackmailer in "The Deep End"|
|Provided voice of the character Soto in the animated feature "Ice Age"|
|First starring role in a feature, "Close Your Eyes"|
|Starred as titular gladiator in the USA Network remake of "Spartacus"|
|Cast opposite Jennifer Garner in the "Daredevil" spin-off "Elektra"|
|Appeared alongside Carla Gugino in a segment of the upcoming film "New York, I Love You"|
|Co-starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" (CBS)|
|Played Ashley Judd's husband in "Helen"|
|Cast in the role of Samson in the miniseries "The Deep," which aired on BBC One|
|Cast in a four-episode arc on the 1960s-set airline drama "Pan Am" (ABC)|
|Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson|