Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Silver Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Argo (2012), Donnie Brasco (1997) and In Bruges (2008).
Trade Mark (2)
Frequently plays ruthless, morally ambiguous authority figures
Often plays lawyers or politicians
Tony award nominations: 1983, Featured Actor in a Play, Brighton Beach Memoirs (nom); 1992, Featured Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors (nom.) Drama Desk Awards: 1992, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors (nom;)
Drama Desk Award, 1982, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Cloud 9. Villager Award, 1982, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Cloud 9.
The Slovenian-born actor graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1980.
Drama Desk Awards: 1992, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors (nom;)
Twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play): in 1983 for "Brighton Beach Memoirs", and in 1992 for "Two Shakespearean Actors".
He is frequently cast as political or business middlemen of corrupt, shady natures who often end up stabbing somebody in the back.
Earned his third Tony Award nomination for "Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play" in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" in 2006.
In an interview for AOL television, Zeljko said his first name is pronounced Zhel-ko.
Graduated Yale University (Class 0f 1978) majoring in theater in only three years. He later studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
His first name, which has no American parallel, means 'the one who desires' in his native Croatian. Latin analogue is "Desiderius" (Desiderio in Italian and Spanish). Ivanek ("small Ivan", i.e. John, in Kajkavian dialect) is common family name from Curilovec village near Varazdin in north Croatia.
Personal Quotes (1)
[Interview for "Films in Review" in 1985] There's a thrill in performance on the stage that you don't get in a movie. There's a feeling that you are communicating something to an audience that you just don't have during take 16 on a sound stage. A year later you see it on a screen and feel frustrated about things you've missed. Why didn't I do this? Why didn't I do that?