Eric Bana

Eric Bana

  • Born on
    • August 9th, 1968
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.

Starring Eric Bana on Plex


Acting (27 Credits)

2021Envoy: Shark Cull as (narrator)
2020The Dry as Aaron Falk
2017The Forgiven as Piet Blomfeld
2017King Arthur: Legend of the Sword as Uther
2016Special Correspondents as Frank Bonneville
2016The Finest Hours as Daniel Cluff
2016The Secret Scripture as Dr. William Grene
2014Deliver Us from Evil as Ralph Sarchie
2013Closed Circuit as Martin Rose
2013Lone Survivor as Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen
2012Deadfall as AddisonWatch Free
2011Hanna as Erik Heller
2009The Time Traveler's Wife as Henry DeTamble
2009Mary and Max as Damien (voice)
2009Funny People as Clarke
2009Star Trek as Nero
2008The Other Boleyn Girl as Henry Tudor
2007Lucky You as Huck Cheever
2007Romulus, My Father as RomulusWatch Free
2005Munich as Avner
2004Troy as Hector
2003Hulk as Bruce Banner / Hulk
2003Finding Nemo as Anchor (voice)
2002The Nugget as Lotto
2001Black Hawk Down as Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Hooten
2000Chopper as Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read
1997The Castle as Con Petropoulous

Director (1 Credits)


Himself (2 Credits)

2017Spielberg as Self
2009Love the Beast as Himself


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