Branko Đurić

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Branko Đurić
Branko Djuric.jpg
Đurić performing with Bombaj Štampa in Sarajevo, September 2011.
Born (1962-05-28) 28 May 1962 (age 58)
Other namesĐuro
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Nevena Đurić (divorced)
(m. 2000)
Musical career
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Associated acts

Branko Đurić (Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Бранко Ђурић; born 28 May 1962) also known by his nickname Đuro (Cyrillic: Ђуро), is a Bosnian[1] actor, comedian, film director and musician, who lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Born and raised in Sarajevo, Đurić rose to prominence throughout Yugoslavia with the hit comedy series Top lista nadrealista during the 1980s. Đuro became something of an epitome for the Bosnian people, primarily due to his accent and slang. He was also one of the founding members of SCH and the frontman of the award-winning Sarajevo rock band Bombaj Štampa.[2] In August 1992, several months into the Bosnian War, he moved to Slovenia where he has been residing ever since.

He has starred in the Academy Award-winning film No Man's Land and has had supporting roles in numerous high-profile films, including The Smell of Quinces, Time of the Gypsies, Kuduz, Bal-Can-Can, In the Land of Blood and Honey and See You in Montevideo. He has also created the critically and commercially acclaimed[3][4] comedy series Naša mala klinika, which has spawned an entire franchise with Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian counterparts.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born to a Serb father from Kruševac and Bosniak mother Fadila,[6] his twenty-one-year-old father died of cancer when infant Branko was only one.[7] From an early age the youngster exhibited a propensity for public performance.

When Đurić was fourteen, his widowed mother married painter Branislav "Branko" Popovac so part of the youngster's adolescence was spent with a stepfather who encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents.[8]

He completed his secondary education at the First Sarajevo Gymnasium [bs], graduating in 1980. In 1981, he applied at the Academy of Performing Arts (ASU), a newly established faculty within the University of Sarajevo, but got rejected. Following the ASU rejection, he instead enrolled in journalism studies at the University of Sarajevo's Faculty of Philosophy.


Đurić didn't give up on acting after the ASU rejection, getting work as an extra in various TV Sarajevo productions. He also continued applying at ASU ahead of each new academic year, and after two more rejections in 1982 and 1983, finally got accepted on his fourth try in 1984. Once accepted at ASU, he quit the journalism studies where he had completed two years.

Early acting roles[edit]

In April 1984, while contemplating giving ASU another try, Đurić joined Top lista nadrealista, a new prime-time television show being launched by TV Sarajevo as an overlap between folk music and sketch comedy. Made by a group of Sarajevo youths from the New Primitivism sub-cultural milieu Đurić already knew well and was on friendly terms with, the sketches were framed as comedy fillers in-between folk music performances by top local folk music stars. Being a bit of a new piece in this group of sketch performers, young Đurić right away proved a good fit with fellow youngsters who had prior been cutting their teeth via putting out a 15-minute weekly radio segment airing as part of the Saturday morning Primus program on Radio Sarajevo's channel two before now getting the chance to showcase their talents in front of a large television audience.

In parallel with Top lista nadrealista being shot, Zabranjeno Pušenje, one of the bands from the same New Primitives scene released its debut album and Đurić played a small role in the TV Sarajevo produced video for their "Neću da budem Švabo u dotiranom filmu" track.[9] At the said video shoot directed by the aspiring film director Ademir Kenović, Đurić told Kenović of his continual woes getting accepted at ASU to which Kenović responded by sending over his friend Vuk Janić to help Đurić prepare and hone material for the upcoming audition. Đurić finally got accepted.

In early June 1984, Top lista nadrealista television episodes started airing on TV Sarajevo's second channel. Early reaction was largely one of indifference, but after a few episodes, the sketches started catching on. By now known to the wider public by his nickname Đuro, Đurić was a prominent member of the troupe, playing multiple characters, though the one that got him most attention was his portrayal of a jumpy TV station security guard with a catchphrase "Ćega, ba". TV show's popularity as well as its folk music context led to lucrative offers to all members of the group from local folk music promoters and managers, such as Rizo Rondić, of doing sketch comedy at their clients' live shows and tours through Bosnian towns and villages. Đuro and colleague Zenit Đozić took many of those offers throughout the second part of 1984, cashing in their Nadrealisti prominence by performing as comic relief[10] on folk music tours named "Udri kapom o ledinu", "Zasviraj i za pojas zadjeni", "Prođoh Bosnu pjevajući", etc.[11]

From late 1984 and into 1985, Đuro participated in Audicija, a no frills stage comedic production that began as academic project consisting of Academy of Stage Arts (ASU) students creating, developing, and performing characters based on various individuals applying to the academy. Conceptualized as a series of one-on-one auditions between each applicant and a professor, with students drawing upon their own auditioning experiences, the production gained prominence after one of its stage shows got filmed and broadcast on TV Sarajevo's Noćni program.[12] Performing alongside fellow academy students Željko Ninčić, Admir Glamočak, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Haris Burina, Saša Petrović, Jasmin Geljo, Željko Kecojević, and Senad Bašić, Đuro's streetwise Sarajevan, Solomon Bičakćić, proved to be among the more popular characters from the show. Though drawing mostly poor reviews from the critics, Audicija's folksy humour soon became a comedy smash hit all over Yugoslavia with Đurić performing in 150 stagings of the show across the country before quitting his participation and even somewhat distancing himself from the show.[12] Subsequent ASU generations would also start performing the show and taking it on the road across the country.

Cashing in on the sudden popularity of his comedic everyman persona, Đuro, an ASU student, starred in a series of television commercials shot in early 1985 for the local tourist board in Sarajevo – promoting tourism on Jahorina and Bjelašnica mountains around the city – with recycled folksy catchphrase from Audicija, "Joj razlike, drastićne", delivered in heavy Sarajevan accent as somewhat of a punchline.[12][13][14] At first, the commercials – directed by Đurić's old friend and professional collaborator Ademir Kenović and produced by Ismet "Nuno" Arnautalić with Goran Bregović providing the music – aired somewhat infrequently.[12] However, they would soon gain further significance due to their jingle-like, Bregović-composed tune (featuring Đuro's vocal singing about the mountains) getting made into a full-length track called "Hajdemo u planine" ('Let's Go to the Mountains') on Bijelo Dugme's (Bregović's band) next studio album Pljuni i zapjevaj moja Jugoslavijo released in November 1986, this time sung by the band's vocalist Alen Islamović.[15] With the song in heavy radio rotation and the album selling well, the commercials also began airing a lot more frequently, leading to a surge of popularity for Đurić throughout late 1986 and early 1987.[12] Due to Bregović's habit of mercilessly reusing and recycling old material, the same tune would in 1992 also be sung by Iggy Pop as "Get the Money" on the Arizona Dream movie soundtrack.[16]

Also in 1985, while still in the first year of his ASU studies, the young actor got cast against type by Kenović for the leading role in Ovo malo duše TV drama film, a touching coming-of-age story written by Ranko Božić [sr], with Đuro set to play the role of Ibrahim Halilović, suddenly single father in a remote Bosnian village after his wife passes away. The movie was shot throughout 1986 and aired in January 1987 on TV Sarajevo. Ovo malo duše led to a few more dramatic roles on television for Đurić – in Znak series on TVSa and Vanja movie that aired on TV Novi Sad.

He also continued doing TV commercials – this time for Dedo and Nana coffee – going back to his, by now well established, "good-natured, streetwise Sarajevo guy" persona.[17]

Đuro then caught a bit of break when the Palm d'Or-winning director Emir Kusturica cast him in Dom za vešanje, which became the young actor's very first role in a feature film. The fact this was Kusturica's first feature after the director's Palme d'Or-winning previous effort ensured plenty of attention for the project along with a Cannes showing. Though his part in the movie was minor (he played one of the Gypsy thugs in Italy), Đuro left a good impression that opened many new doors for the young actor.

Popularity in Yugoslavia[edit]

Đuro (far right) with fellow musicians Tifa, Davor Gobac, and Bruno Langer during Čičak's rock marathon in Sarajevo's Zetra on 14 October 1989.

By 1989, a sought-after actor all over Yugoslavia, Đuro played a memorable supporting role in Kuduz, Kenović's feature film debut. He also participated in Kako je propao rokenrol (a three-story ensemble film by recent Belgrade Faculty of Dramatic Arts graduates), playing the male lead in the third story opposite Vesna Trivalić about a young couple preparing for the arrival of their first baby.

In fall 1989, Top lista nadrealista's second series started airing, a 7-episode chunk that achieved huge viewership rates in addition to critical praise, all of which solidified Đuro's status in the country. Playing different funny characters every week like street policeman Rade Pendrek, cranky average TV viewer Reuf, high-strung TV news director Đuđi, do-it-yourself 'Đurine kućne čarolije' segment host, etc. led to another huge wave of popularity for the actor.

Bosnian War and relocation to Slovenia[edit]

At the outbreak of Bosnian War during spring 1992 Đuro was in Sarajevo before fleeing the city in late August 1992, several months into the siege, and settling in Ljubljana.

He also works in Croatia, where he had a TV show Pet Minuta Slave (Five Minutes of Fame) on Nova TV, as well as the comedy series Naša mala klinika (Our Little Clinic), which was being aired on POP TV and Nova TV.

In the mid-2000s, Ðurić starred in and directed TV series Brat bratu, the Slovenian version of Only Fools and Horses. The series got cancelled after thirteen episodes due to poor viewership.

In February 2007, Ðurić has appeared on B92 television in Serbia in Ðurine žute minute short segments, a slightly different take on his widely popular "Ðurine kućne čarolije" sketch, which he performed on Top lista nadrealista. The segments, which had a commercial tie-in with Telekom Srbija's Žute strane (Yellow Pages), mostly received poor reviews and were quickly taken off the air.

In 2011, he played a Serbian soldier in movie In the Land of Blood and Honey. This was Đurić's second movie about the Bosnian War. The first one was 2001 film No Man's Land. In it, Ðurić played Čiki, a Bosniak soldier.

Musical career[edit]

In parallel with trying to make it as an actor, and later after managing to become a successful one, Đuro was involved with bands though his musical engagement was mostly scheduled around his acting one.

He started with a band called Ševe in the early 1980s with childhood friend Nedim Babović. Đuro then joined punk outfit SCH in 1983, but soon transferred to Bombaj Štampa re-joining Nedim Babović. As Đurić's acting career took off, the band also became more prominent, although their activity was always sporadic. In 1987 their debut album got released.

In December 2008, he reunited with Bombaj Štampa for a concert in Sarajevo featuring original guitarist Nedim Babović and drummer Dragan Bajić along with bassist Ernie Mendillo (The Brandos). More concerts followed and an album of new material was released in the spring of 2010.

Đuro performing on Zenica summer fest

On 25 July 2019 he and his band Bombaj štampa gave[18] two-hour performance on Zenica city square – as one of many concerts during Zenica summer fest 2019 (second main show of this festival). He performed, among other songs, his new song called Čekić – that will appear on the album that is due to be released in September 2019 –, as well as one opera.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Đurić married Slovenian actress and singer Tanja Ribič whom he met while filming Cheese and Jam.[citation needed] They have two daughters, Zala and Ela.[citation needed]

From his first marriage, he has a son, Filip.

He resides in Ljubljana, where he leads a production company Theatre 55.[citation needed]



Title Year Role Notes
A Little Bit of Soul 1987 Ibrahim
Time of the Gypsies 1988 Sadam
Kuduz 1989 Alija Boro
The Fall of Rock and Roll Đura Veselinović
No Man's Land 2001 Čiki
Cheese and Jam 2003 Božo Also writer and director
Small World Suspect
Amatemi 2005 Dražen
Bal-Can-Can Šefket Ramadani
Triage 2009 Dr. Talzani
In the Land of Blood and Honey 2011 Aleksandar
With Mom 2013 Mladen
See You in Montevideo 2014 Paco
Boldt 2018 Himself


Title Year Role Notes
Top lista nadrealista 1984–1991 Various characters 27 episodes
Audicija 1985 Solomon Bićakčić Television film
Znak 1986 Đuro
Specijalna redakcija 1989 Jorga
Naša mala klinika 2004–2007 Dr. Harald Schmidt / Nedim Mulaomerović Also writer and director
Crimes 2010 Goran Mladić Television film
Ne diraj mi mamu 2018 Zlatko Sljepćević Main role


Title Year Role Notes
Đurologija 2015 Himself
Luda kuća 2018 Various
Dangerous Game Dr. Hipolit Monel

Voice-over dubs[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Shrek 2003 Lord Farquaad Bosnian-language version[19][20][21]
The Incredibles 2004 Lucius Best/Frozone
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 Makunga
The Princess and the Frog 2009 Louis
Despicable Me 2010 Dr. Nefario
Despicable Me 2 2013
Moana 2016 Tamatoa
Incredibles 2 2018 Lucius Best/Frozone


With Bombaj Štampa[edit]

  • Bombaj Štampa (1987)
  • Ja Mnogo Bolje Letim Sam (1990)
  • Neka DJ Odmah Dole CJ (2010)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Reuslt
2001 European Film Award Best Actor No Man's Land Nominated
2002 Golden Leopard Award Best Actor Nominated
2003 Golden Roll Award Best Director Cheese and Jam Won
2006 Golden Arena Award Best Supporting Actor Bal-Can-Can Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Gloria – Intervju – BRANKO ĐURIĆ ĐURO / Moj je život rock 'n' roll Archived 30 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ 'Sestra Helga' kao underground ikona
  4. ^ GLUMICA KOJU JE PROSLAVILA ULOGA SESTRE HELGE U NAŠOJ MALOJ KLINICI 'Ponosna sam, odana i iskrena. Kad ne glumim, vrijeme za sebe nalazim u šumi' (in Croatian)
  5. ^ TV Zona plus - Nagrada EKRAN za Jadranku Djokic
  6. ^ "Hvala ti za sve: Branko Đurić objavio fotografiju sa majkom koja je sve raznežila!". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  7. ^ Franko, Janja (10 May 2016). "Ispovijed najvećeg balkanskog komičara: Otac mi je umro kad je imao 21 godinu..." Jutarnji list. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  8. ^ TV lica: Branko Đurić Đura;RTS, 2 April 2011
  9. ^ Neću da budem Švabo u dotiranom filmu;1984
  10. ^ Karajlić, Nele (26 December 2014). "Promocija knjige "Fajront u Sarajevu" u Derventi". YouTube. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  11. ^ Kurtović, Elvis J. (5 November 2013). "Tajna Koševskog potoka". Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e Pavlović, Pavle (January 1987). "Ja, razlike d-r-a-s-t-i-ć-n-e!". Vikend. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  13. ^ Hajdemo u planine – winter
  14. ^ Hajdemo u planine – summer
  15. ^ Hajdemo u planine
  16. ^ Get the Money
  17. ^ Dedo
  18. ^ a b Bombaj Štampa na Zenica Summer Festu. YouTube LLC. 26 July 2019. Event occurs at 1:58–. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  19. ^ [Cinestar Cinemas - Glumci Izbavitelji 1 i 2]
  20. ^ "International Dubbings Sky Wikluh, Dalibor Andonov, Nebojsa Milovanovic, Katarina Zutic, Ivan Jevtovic, Branislav Lecic". Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  21. ^ "MAJSTORI SINHRONIZACIJE: Ko se krije iza Duška Dugouška, Šilje, Popaja, Sunđera Boba? (FOTO) (VIDEO)".

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