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Eric Bana Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Eric Bana
Place Of Birth
Melbourne, Australia
55 years old
Birth Date
August 9 1968

Eric Bana Facts

Child Star?
Actor, Comedian
Education & Qualifications
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Net Worth
Current Partner
Rebecca Gleeson
Klaus Banadinovich, Sophia Banadinovich
Ivan Banadinovich, Eleanor Banadinovich

About Eric Bana

Eric Banadinović is a well-known Australian actor as well as a comedian who was born on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is recognized as a talented actor for his excellent performance in a dark drama film named 'Chopper', which gave him a lifetime opportunity to venture into Hollywood movies as an actor. He is also popular for playing superhero roles in Ang Lee's 'Hulk'. His other roles were in 'Black Hawk Down', 'Troy' and 'Munich'. He is most popular by his stage name Eric Bana.

Eric Bana is a vocal supporter of the Australian Rules Football, better known as Footie. He was appointed as the Member of the Order of Australia for the services rendered to charitable organizations and performing arts. This honor was accorded to him on the occasion of the Queen's Birthday in 2019.

His romantic comedy 'Lucky You' was released in the year 2007 and won him appreciation from all over. In the movie, he played the character of a professional Poker player, Huck Cheever, who goes on to win a high-stakes tournament in Las Vegas.

Eric Bana Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Eric Bana's net worth?

His net worth was $45 million in 2021. The reason behind his wealth of Eric is his career as a comedian and mostly as a Hollywood actor.

How much does Eric Bana earn per year?

Eric Bana, the actor,  earns around $400,000 per year from his acting career.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Eric Bana?

Eric Bana stands at an average height of 6 ft 2 in (189 cm). He has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

How old is Eric Bana?

Australia-born Eric Bana will turn 54 years old in August 2022, as he was born on August 9, 1968.

Childhood And Education

Eric Bana was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on August 9, 1968, and was raised in Melbourne's Tullamarine Suburb. He is the son of father Ivan Banadivonic, who was the logistics manager at Caterpillar Inc., and mother Eleanor Banadivonic, who was a hairdresser near Mannheim in Germany. His father was a Croatian who hailed from a South Slavic ethnic group. According to Eric, his family has suffered from racist taunts, and he was called a wog.

Eric attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. During his school days, he loved motor racing, and at the age of 14, he decided to quit his studies to become a motor mechanic, but his father didn't want him to leave his studies and convinced him to complete his school.


Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Eric Bana's partner?

In 1997, Eric Bana married Rebecca Gleeson, a publicist with Seven Networks, the daughter of then Chief Justice of South Wales and later Chief Justice of Australia, Murray Gleeson. Eric and Rebecca dated each other since 1995 while working on a television series 'Full Frontal'. In 1996, Eric was named Bachelor Of The Year by Cleo Magazine, and he won a trip to the USA. He proposed to Rebecca on the same trip, and the couple got married the next year.

The lovely couple has two children, a son named 'Klaus Banadivonic' (born in July 1999) and a daughter named 'Sophia Banadivonic' (born in April 2002).

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

His powerful performance in a biographical crime film, 'Chopper'. He also gained public attention in the comedy-drama titled 'The Castle', and in the war- films' Black Hawk Down', 'Hulk', etc. He was appreciated for his role as Hector in the war-epic 'Troy'. He got a lead role in Steven Spielberg's historical thriller film 'Munich', which was released in 2005. In 2009, he worked as a villain named Nero in the science fiction 'Star Trek', which received huge critical and commercial success.

He worked in numerous other projects such as 'Something In The Air' as Joe Sabatini, 'The Nugget', 'Troy' as Hector, Munich as a Mossad agent, 'Lucky You' as Huck Cheever, 'Romulus, My Father', 'The Other Boleyn Girl' as Henry VIII of England, The Time Traveler's Wife, 'Judd Apatow', 'Love The Beast', 'Hanna' where he portrayed ex-CIA operative Erik Helle, 'Deadfall', 'Lone Survivor' as Erik S. Kristensen, etc.

Also, he showed his presence in movies like 'Closed Circuit' (2013), 'Deliver Us From Evil' as Ralph Sarchie (2014), 'The Finest Hours' as Daniel Cluff (2016), 'The Secret Scripture' as Stephen Grene in 2016, 'King Arthur : Legend Of The Sword' as Uther Pendragon in 2017, 'The Forgiven' playing the role of Piet Blomfield (2017) and 'The Dry' as Falk in 2020.

He also appeared in television shows like 'Full Frontal' (1993-1996), 'The Eric Bana Show Live' (1996-1997), 'All Saints' (1999-2000), 'Something In The Air' (2000-2001), 'Kath & Kim' (2007), 'Top Gear' (2009), 'The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale' (2018) and 'Dirty John' (2018).

Charity Work

Eric Bana is an ambassador of Youth Off The Streets, which supports homeless youth people. He is also an advocate for the Mental Illness Fellowship, which aims at the mental health of the people in Australia. He also supported the Australian Childhood Foundation, Bone Marrow Donor Institute, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

What awards has Eric Bana won?

Eric Bana has won many awards for his fantastic performances as an actor. In 1997, he won Logie Awards in the category of Most Popular Comedy Personality for his work in 'Full Frontal'. In 2000, he won the Australian Film Institute Award as the Best Actor In A Leading Role for his work in 'Chopper'. After that in 2007, Eric won the Australian Film Institute award for work in 'Romulus, My Father' as the Best Actor In A Leading Role.

Eric was also nominated for MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Awards for his work in 'Troy' and 'Star Trek', respectively.

Eric Bana's Hobbies And Interests

Eric has had a huge interest in motor racing since his childhood days. He also enjoys cycling. He is also a fan of Australian rules football.

Bana loves to eat Italian food. Black is his favorite color.

Sam Eliott and Nick Nolte are Eric's favorite actors.

Other Interesting Eric Bana Facts And Trivia

  • Eric was born and raised in Australia with his parents and his siblings.
  • Bana was born Catholic and has the Leo zodiac sign.
  • Eric Bana is a popular actor who is living with his family in Melbourne, Australia, as of August 2022.
  • At the age of seven, he started mimicking his grandfather's voice, walk, and mannerisms. He also mimicked his teachers.
  • In 1979, the movie 'Mad Max' inspired Eric to become an actor.
  • He worked as a comedian in a comedy series 'Full Frontal' in his initial days of work.
  • After so many efforts in television shows and movies, Eric finally entered the Hollywood industry, playing the main role of Bruce Banner in the Ang Lee-directed film 'Hulk', released in 2003.
  • In the movie 'Hulk', Eric got a golden chance to work with his favorite actors, Sam Eliott and Nick Nolte.

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