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 telefilmThe 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 and Pan Am.
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, Nick Willing’s Close Your Eyes (a.k.a. Doctor Sleep), for which Mr. Visnjic was named Best Actor at the Paris Film Festival, Mike Mills’ Beginners, and David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.