From Eric Banadinovich To Eric Bana

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Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic in Melbourne, Victoria on August 9, 1968. He is the younger of two children and is of Croatian decent on his father’s side. His father worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar Inc and his mother was of German decent and a hairdresser. Eric grew up in the suburban area of Tullamarine, which is on the western edge of the city near the airport. Eric has been vocal about his upbringing and said that his family suffered from racial taunts and it still distresses him to this day.
Eric Bana showed promise as an actor early in life by performing impressions of family members as early as 6 and 7 years old. He started by mimicking his grandfather’s distinctive walk, voice and mannerisms and quickly moved on to mimicking teachers which frequently got him in trouble. As a teen he decided he first wanted to become an actor after seeing the Mel Gibson movie, Mad Max. He did not act upon this instinct until 1991 when some friends persuaded him to try standup comedy while working as a bartender at Melbourne’s Castle Hotel.
Eric Bana made his TV debut in 1993 on the late night talk show: Steve Vizard’s Tonight Live. He gained attention from producers of the sketch comedy show, Full Frontal and was invited to join as a writer and performer. Eric worked on the show for 4 years and based some of his most memorable characters on well known celebrities such as Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise. In 1997 he received a Logie Award for “Most Popular Comedy Personality” for his work on the show.
Despite his penchant for comedic roles Bana has also found success in more dramatic films such as Copper (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), the low budget film, The Nugget (2002), Troy (2004) and most recently The Time Travelers Wife (2009). Eric Bana continues to find success in the acting world and has numerous projects in the horizon.

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