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Croatian-born actor Goran Visnjic has earned acclaim in theatre, on television, and on the silver screen.
He began his career starring in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, at the celebrated Dubrovnik Summer Theatre Festival in Croatia. His portrayal of the title character earned him the coveted Orlando Award.
Mr. Visnjic later became known worldwide for his role as Dr. Luka Kovac on the television series ER, which he starred in for nine years. With his fellow actors from the show, he was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ top television honor of the ensemble prize. His other television appearances include the miniseries Spartacus, in the title role, directed by Robert Dornhelm; John Kent Harrison’s telefilm The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler; the U.K. miniseries The Deep; the Croatian miniseries Duga mračna noć (Long Dark Night); and, most recently, a guest-starring arc on the series Leverage.
His breakout movie role was in Michael Winterbottom’s Welcome to Sarajevo. Among his other screen credits are Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s The Deep End, opposite Tilda Swinton; in voiceover, Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha’s blockbuster Ice Age; John Dahl’s Rounders; Griffin Dunne’s Practical Magic; Lisa Krueger’s Committed; Rob Bowman’s Elektra; Mimi Leder’s The Peacemaker; Sandra Nettelbeck’s Helen, opposite Ashley Judd; and Nick Willing’s Close Your Eyes (a.k.a. Doctor Sleep), for which Mr. Visnjic was named Best Actor at the Paris Film Festival.
Mr. Visnjic will next be seen on-screen in David Fincher’s eagerly awaited The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.