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Zeljko Ivanek

Biography

Emmy Award-winning actor who’s known for his function in Problems as Ray Fiske, and in Oz as Governor Adam Devlin. His initial role is at the 1982 play Get better at Harold…as well as the Young boys by Athol Fugard. He provides played a lot more than seventy jobs on tv and through various other avenues. He was created in Ljubljana. Ivanek and Tate Donovan possess both acted in the tv screen show Damages.

Quick Facts


Full Name Željko Ivanek
Date Of Birth August 15, 1957
Place Of Birth Ljubljana, Slovenia
Height 1.7 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Yale University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Nationality American
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Nominations Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Movies Donnie Brasco, Seven Psychopaths, Argo, Hannibal, In Bruges, Black Hawk Down, A Civil Action, Live Free or Die Hard, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, The Bourne Legacy, Unfaithful, Courage Under Fire, The Words, School Ties, Manderlay, White Squall, Tower Heist, Mass Appeal, The Hoax, The Manchurian Candidate, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Sender, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Rat Pack, The Associate, Our Sons, Julian Po, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Homicide: The Movie, Rachel River, Truman, The Reagans, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, Dash and Lilly, Ellen Foster, Tex, Infinity, Alice in Wonderland, All My Sons, My Brother's Keeper, Silent Hearts
TV Shows The Mob Doctor, Damages, The Event, Big Love, John Adams, Madam Secretary, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1His 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.
2Graduated Yale University (Class 0f 1978) majoring in theater in only three years. He later studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
3He has worked with Richard Belzer on three different series: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
4In an interview for AOL television, Zeljko said his first name is pronounced Zhel-ko.
5Earned his third Tony Award nomination for "Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play" in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" in 2006.
6He is frequently cast as political or business middlemen of corrupt, shady natures who often end up stabbing somebody in the back.
7Twice 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".
8Drama Desk Awards: 1992, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors (nom;)
9The Slovenian-born actor graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1980.
10Drama Desk Award, 1982, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Cloud 9. Villager Award, 1982, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Cloud 9.
11Tony 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;)


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mass Appeal1984Mark Dolson
The Sun Also Rises1984TV Mini-SeriesBill Gorton
Great Performances1983TV SeriesMarch Hare
The Sender1982The Sender
Tex1982Hitchhiker
The Soldier1982Bombmaker / Cleaning Lady
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesSammy Wheaton (1981-1982)
Madam Secretary2014-2015TV SeriesRussell Jackson
12 Monkeys2015TV SeriesLeland Goines
Suits2014-2015TV SeriesEric Woodall
Legends2014The Founding Father
Legends2014TV SeriesFounding Father
True Blood2008-2014TV SeriesMagister
The Americans2014TV SeriesJohn Skeevers
Banshee2014TV SeriesJim Racine / Racine
Revolution2013-2014TV SeriesDr. Calvin Horn
Banshee Origins2014TV Mini-SeriesRacine
White Collar2013TV SeriesBrett Forsythe
The Mob Doctor2012-2013TV SeriesDr. Stafford White
Seven Psychopaths2012Paulo
Argo2012Robert Pender
The Bourne Legacy2012Dr. Donald Foite
The Words2012Joseph Cutler
Tower Heist2011Director Mazin
The Event2010-2011TV SeriesBlake Sterling
The Mentalist2008-2010TV SeriesDr. Linus Wagner
Damages2007-2010TV SeriesRay Fiske
Big Love2009-2010TV SeriesJJ
Heroes2009TV SeriesEmile Danko
House M.D.2008TV SeriesJason
Numb3rs2008TV SeriesWilliam Fraley
John Adams2008TV Mini-SeriesJohn Dickinson
In Bruges2008Canadian Guy
Live Free or Die Hard2007Agent Molina
Queens Supreme2007TV SeriesCarl Sipple
Lost2007TV SeriesEdmund Burke
Ascension Day2007Master Travis
Shark2006TV SeriesElliott Dasher
The Hoax2006Ralph Graves
Cold Case2006TV SeriesJohn Doe
Bones2006TV SeriesCarl Decker
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2006TV SeriesEverett Drake
The Inside2005TV SeriesTeddy Bunch
Manderlay2005Dr. Hector
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005TV SeriesAndrew Melton
NYPD Blue2005TV SeriesJustin Deroos
Hate2005TV Movie
Law & Order1993-2004TV SeriesASA Ed Danvers / Richard Kaplan / Phillip Swann
The Jury2004TV SeriesMason Garvey
The Manchurian Candidate2004Vaughn Utly
Touching Evil2004TV SeriesRonald Hinks
The Reagans2003TV MovieMichael Deaver
The West Wing2003TV SeriesSteve Atwood
Dogville2003Ben
Oz1997-2003TV SeriesGovernor James Devlin
The Practice1997-2002TV SeriesMatthew Davies / U.S. Atty. Sanders / D.A. Mark McGovern
The Twilight Zone2002TV SeriesER Chief
242002TV SeriesAndre Drazen
Unfaithful2002Det. Dean
Crossing Jordan2002TV SeriesDr. Elliot McCafferty
Black Hawk Down2001Harrell
The Job2001TV SeriesPeter
Hannibal2001Dr. Cordell Doemling
ER2000TV SeriesBruce Resnick
Sokeja tamsoje2000District Attorney
Homicide: The Movie2000TV MovieASA Ed Danvers
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal2000TV MovieThomas Mann Randolph (as Zeljko Ivanek)
Snow Falling on Cedars1999Dr. Whitman
Dash and Lilly1999TV MovieMel Berman (writer)
Homicide: Life on the Street1993-1999TV SeriesASA Ed Danvers
Trinity1998TV SeriesTim Holloway
A Civil Action1998Bill Crowley
The Rat Pack1998TV MovieBobby Kennedy
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesKen Mattingly
Nowhere to Go1998Principal Jack Walker
Ellen Foster1997TV MovieEducational Psychologist
Players1997TV SeriesEduard Micah
Ally McBeal1997TV SeriesJudge Marshal Pink
C-16: FBI1997TV SeriesLoren Bitts
Total Security1997TV SeriesRonald Ducote
Julian Po1997Tom Potter
Millennium1997TV SeriesDr. Daniel 'Danny' Miller
Donnie Brasco1997Tim Curley (as Zeljko Ivanek)
Frasier1997TV SeriesDr. Arnold Shaw
Chicago Hope1997TV SeriesEugene Ramsey
The Associate1996SEC Agent Thompkins
After Jimmy1996TV MovieDr. Darren Walters
Infinity1996Bill Price
Courage Under Fire1996Banacek
White Squall1996Coast Guard Capt. Sanders
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesEddie Saunders
If Not for You1995TV SeriesElliot Gordon
Truman1995TV MovieEddie Jacobson
My Brother's Keeper1995TV MovieDr. Hill (as Zeljko Ivanek)
The X-Files1994TV SeriesRoland Fuller / Dr. Arthur Grable
New Year1993TV MovieLarry Fishkin
School Ties1992Mr. Cleary
Our Sons1991TV MovieDonald Barnes
Aftermath: A Test of Love1991TV MovieMatt
Artificial Paradise1990Willy
L.A. Law1990TV SeriesJoel Lassen
Echoes in the Darkness1987TV MovieVince Valaitis
Rachel River1987Momo
St. Elsewhere1987TV SeriesMark Dolson
American Playhouse1987TV SeriesGeorge Deever

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laud Weiner2001Short producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Infinity1996assistant to writer and producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Missing Person2009thanks
Dogville Confessions2003Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Guy ... Who Was in That Thing 12012DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood 4112010TV SeriesHimself
Bordeaux2008ShortHimself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Working in the Theatre2008TV SeriesHimself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Play
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Play
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Play

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Banshee2015TV SeriesRacine
Rescued from Tehran: We Were There2012Video documentary shortRobert Pender (uncredited)
Live Free or Die Hard (Project 12, 8/12)2011ShortAgent Molina
Anatomy of a 'Homicide: Life on the Street'1998TV Movie documentaryASA Ed Danvers

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastSeven Psychopaths (2012)· Colin Farrell
· Sam Rockwell
· Christopher Walken
· Abbie Cornish
· Linda Bright Clay
· Kevin Corrigan
· Woody Harrelson
· Long Nguyen
· Christine Marzano
· Tom Waits
· Brendan Sexton III
· Olga Kurylenko
· Bonny
· Gabourey Sidibe
· Michael Pitt
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Harry Dean Stanton
2012Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearArgo (2012)· Ben Affleck
· Bryan Cranston
· John Goodman
· Alan Arkin
· Tate Donovan
· Clea DuVall
· Christopher Denham
· Scoot McNairy
· Kerry Bishé
· Rory Cochrane
· Victor Garber
· Kyle Chandler
· Titus Welliver
· Bob Gunton
· Philip Baker Hall
· Richard Kind
· Michael Parks
· Christopher Stanley
· Taylor Schilling
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesDamages (2007)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastArgo (2012)· Ben Affleck
· Alan Arkin
· Kerry Bishé
· Kyle Chandler
· Rory Cochrane
· Bryan Cranston
· Christopher Denham
· Tate Donovan
· Clea DuVall
· Victor Garber
· John Goodman
· Scoot McNairy
· Chris Messina
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingArgo (2012)· Ben Affleck
· Bryan Cranston
· John Goodman
· Alan Arkin
· Tate Donovan
· Clea DuVall
· Christopher Denham
· Scoot McNairy
· Kerry Bishé
· Rory Cochrane
· Victor Garber
· Kyle Chandler
· Chris Messina
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceArgo (2012)· Ben Affleck
· Bryan Cranston
· Alan Arkin
· John Goodman
· Victor Garber
· Tate Donovan
· Clea DuVall
· Scoot McNairy
· Rory Cochrane
· Christopher Denham
· Kerry Bishé
· Kyle Chandler
· Chris Messina
· Titus Welliver
· Sheila Vand
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceSeven Psychopaths (2012)· Colin Farrell
· Sam Rockwell
· Christopher Walken
· Abbie Cornish
· Linda Bright Clay
· Kevin Corrigan
· Woody Harrelson
· Long Nguyen
· Christine Marzano
· Tom Waits
· Brendan Sexton III
· Olga Kurylenko
· Bonny
· Gabourey Sidibe
· Michael Pitt
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Harry Dean Stanton
2009Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorHouse M.D. (2004)
2008OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesJohn Adams (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionDamages (2007)


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#Quote
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?

#Trademark
1Often plays lawyers or politicians
2Frequently plays ruthless, morally ambiguous authority figures

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