Aug. 15th, 1957
Zeljko Ivanek's Main TV Roles
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Željko Ivanek (IPA: [ˈʒɛʎko iˈʋanɛk]; born 15 August 1957) is an Emmy-award winning Slovenian American actor.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then a part of former Yugoslavia) and emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1960, when he was 3 years old. After a two-year stay, the family moved back to Slovenia for five years and then returned again to the United States in 1967. He graduated from Yale University in 1978 and afterward attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
In 1982, he originated the role of Hally in Athol Fugard's play Master Harold...and the Boys. He has also appeared in the U.S. premieres of such notable plays as Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine (for which he won the 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play) and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. He would later work again with McDonagh, playing a minor role as a Canadian tourist in the film In Bruges.
He frequently appears on Broadway and has been nominated for three Tony Awards including one for his performance in the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, one as a featured actor in Two Shakespearean Actors, and one for his lead performance as Captain Queeg in a revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial alongside David Schwimmer and Tim Daly.
He is perhaps best known for his supporting roles in the television series The X Files (Roland), Homicide: Life on the Street (as prosecuting attorney Ed Danvers), Damages (Ray Fiske), Oz (Governor James Devlin), 24 (Andre Drazen), and Heroes (Emile Danko).
In his screen appearances, he often plays professional men such as lawyers or government functionaries, sometimes of an evil nature.
Ivanek played John Dickinson, who represented Pennsylvania in the Second Continental Congress, in the HBO miniseries John Adams. He was again seen on HBO in November 2008 in the series True Blood, in which he played the role of the Magister.
On September 21, 2008 he was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role of Ray Fiske on Damages.
Ivanek appeared in the third season of Big Love, as Nicki Grant's first husband, J.J.
He appeared as a gun-wielding patient in the episode "Last Resort" on House.
- Drama Desk Award, 1982, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Cloud 9. Villager Award, 1982, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Cloud 9.
- 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."
- Earned his third Tony Award nomination for "Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play" in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" in 2006.
- He is frequently cast as political or business middlemen of corrupt, shady natures who often end up stabbing somebody in the back.
- In an interview for AOL television, Zeljko said his first name is pronounced Jel-ko.
- His name is pronounced Zhel-ko Ee-Vah-nek.
- 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;)
- The Yugoslavian-born actor graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1980.