Visnjic at Rome Film Festival in 2014
|Education||Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Alma mater||University of Zagreb|
Goran Višnjić (Croatian pronunciation: [ɡoran ʋiʃɲitɕ]; // VISH-nyitch; born September 9, 1972) is a Croatian-American actor who has appeared in American and British films and television productions. He is best known in the United States for his roles as Dr. Luka Kovač on ER and Garcia Flynn on Timeless, both NBC television series. For ER, he and his cast were nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the son-in-law of Croatian film director and former head of Croatian Radiotelevision (1991–95), Antun Vrdoljak. He moved to the United States in the late 1990s.
Višnjić was born in Šibenik. He has one sibling, an elder brother, Joško. His father, Željko, was a bus driver, and his mother, Milka, worked in a market. He appeared in plays throughout his childhood and made his screen debut at the age of 16 in the controversial Yugoslav film, Braća po materi (1988), playing a young Ustaša.
In 1990, at the age of 18, Višnjić was drafted to serve his one-year military obligation in the Yugoslavian army, and volunteered as a paratrooper. Only weeks after his military discharge in 1991, as Yugoslavia began to dissolve, he joined the nascent Croatian Ground Army. After leaving the army, he moved to Zagreb to study at the Academy of Dramatic Art.
Višnjić was the youngest actor to be chosen for the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Dubrovnik Summer Theatre Festival. Originally cast as Laertes and understudy to Hamlet, he took over the role when the star dropped out of the production shortly before the first performance. He portrayed the doomed prince from 1994 to 2000, winning several Orlando Awards (the equivalent of the Tony Award). During an episode of ER, he demonstrated his expertise in the part of Hamlet, by reciting an excerpt from the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy in Croatian.
Prior to ER, he found work in local TV productions and landed a Tuborg beer commercial that aired in Europe. Višnjić also had small speaking roles in films such as The Peacemaker, Committed and Practical Magic. In 1998, he appeared in Madonna's music video "The Power of Good-Bye", and had a cameo in the movie Rounders. It was his role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that led then-producer Jack Orman to offer him a role as a doctor to replace the departing George Clooney in the sixth season of ER in late 1999, eventually becoming the show's male lead by the start of season 12, having taken over from the departing star Noah Wyle, who left after the finale of season 11. By season 14, however, he was only making a limited number of appearances, before completely leaving the show early in season 15 (15x03: "The Book of Abby").
While starring on ER, Višnjić worked on other projects. He starred in the British film Doctor Sleep (2002), alongside Shirley Henderson and Miranda Otto. He co-starred in The Deep End; voiced Soto in Ice Age, and starred in The Last Will and Doctor Sleep. In 2004, he starred in the television miniseries Spartacus and the Croatian movie and television series Long Dark Night. He appeared with Jennifer Garner in Elektra (2005). In 2005, Višnjić was one of four finalists for the role of James Bond, eventually losing out to British actor Daniel Craig, with whom he would appear in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
He appeared alongside Carla Gugino in a segment of the 2009 film New York, I Love You, an anthology set in New York. Višnjić's segment was directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. The segment was cut from the theatrical release of the film but was included in the DVD version.
Visnjic appeared in the historical drama The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, about a young Polish woman who saved the lives of many Jewish children in wartime Warsaw, filmed in Riga, Latvia. It was produced for Hallmark Hall of Fame and aired on CBS on April 19, 2009. He completed a role in Mike Mills' independent film, Beginners. In late 2009, he was cast as Samson in the miniseries The Deep, shown on BBC One in 2010.
He appeared as Andrija Hebrang in the historical drama Tito on Croatian television. He later appeared in the unsold 2010 pilot of ABC's Boston's Finest, playing a disgraced cop who works with a female officer to solve crimes while trying to clear his name. He recently appeared in the two-episode season three finale of the television series Leverage, as international crime financier Damien Moreau, his first guest appearance on an English-language television program. In 2011, he played Dragan Armansky, the head of a security agency, in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and he has signed on to play this role for the entire film trilogy produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. He was featured on a four-episode arc of the American television series Pan Am; he played a Yugoslavian attaché to the United Nations.
In 2014, Goran played John Woods, the husband of Molly Woods, in Extant, produced by Steven Spielberg. Although the series was renewed in late 2014, Višnjić left the series early in the second season.
In 2019, Višnjić portrayed Ante Gotovina in the Antun Vrdoljak-directed film General. His performance, along with the film itself gained overwhelmingly negative reviews with many critics, including Milivoj Jukić and Jurica Pavičić calling his portrayal "the worst performance of his career". The critically and commercially panned film was screened at the Pula Film Festival.
Višnjić was named People magazine's Sexiest Import in 1999 and "One of TV's Sexiest Men" in the June 5–11, 2005 TV Guide. He was ranked #18 in Croatian-based monthly film magazine Hollywood in Best Croatian Male Movie Stars of All Time list in November 2005. He was also named as the Best Croatian actor in 2004 according to the votes of the visitors of internet magazines, for his role in the movie Duga mračna noć, according to the votes of Croatian newspaper Večernji list.
He has supported a number of medical institutions in Croatia through the donation of money and equipment. In 2008 he appeared on the nationally broadcast American benefit program Stand Up to Cancer. He served as one of the faces of ER on NBC's long-running The More You Know campaign, appearing in public service announcements discussing topics such as family time and tolerance.
His wife, Eva (born Ivana Vrdoljak), is an artist and sculptor, and the daughter of film director Antun Vrdoljak, who controversially headed Hrvatska radiotelevizija from 1991–95. The couple have two adopted children and one biological child. They reside in Los Angeles, California, and also have a home on the Croatian island of Hvar. Višnjić acknowledged paternity of a daughter, Lana Lourdes Rupić, whom he fathered in 2006 with a Croatian woman, Mirela Rupić.
In his spare time, Višnjić enjoys swimming, diving and fencing.
In September 2015, Goran and his wife announced that they had sold their home in Los Angeles for a sum of about $5 million.
|1988||Braća po materi||Ustaša|
|1997||Tranquilizer Gun||Devetka – '9'|
|Welcome to Sarajevo||Risto Bavić|
|The Peacemaker||Bazta Sergeant|
|Practical Magic||Jimmy Angelov|
|2001||The Deep End||Alek 'Al' Spera|
|The Last Will||Bepo Stambuk|
|2002||Ice Age||Soto (voice)|
|Close Your Eyes||Michael Strother|
|2004||Long Dark Night||Ivan 'Iva' Kolar|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Man|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Dragan Armansky|
|2012||Execution Style||The Chemist|
|K-11||Raymond Saxx Jr.|
|2013||95 Decibels||Dr. Corry||Short film|
|The Journey Home||Muktuk|
|The Tribes of Palos Verdes||Joe|
|1994||Michele va alla guerra||Soldier|
|1995||Night Watch||U.N. Security Officer||Television film|
|1998||Teško je reći zbogom||Davor|
|1999–2009||ER||Dr. Luka Kovač|
|2003||American Masters: Robert Capa: In Love and War||Robert Capa||Voice role|
|2005||Long Dark Night||Ivan Kolar|
|2006||Naša mala klinika||Man on the telephone||Episode: "Bijeli miševi"|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Stefan Zgrzembski|
|2010||Boston's Finest||Angus Martin||Unsold pilot|
|Leverage||Damien Moreau||2 episodes|
|2011–2012||Pan Am||Niko Lonza||4 episodes|
|2013||Red Widow||Nicholae Schiller|
|2014||Extant||John Woods||Main, season 1; Recurring, season 2|
|2015||Crossing Lines||Marco Constante||Main, season 3|
|2016–2018||Timeless||Garcia Flynn||Series regular|
|2019||Santa Clarita Diet||Dobrivoje Poplovic||4 episodes|
|Dollface||Dr. Colin Brooks||Recurring|
|This Is Us||Vincent Kelly||Series 4, guest|
|2020||Doctor Who||Nikola Tesla||Series 12; guest|
|The Boys||Alistair Adana||Recurring season 2|
|The Brides||Count Dracula||Main role|
|1998||Tony Cetinski||"Život" ("Life")||Croatian music video|
|1998||Madonna||"The Power of Good-Bye"||Višnjić makes an appearance|
|2007||Unkle||"Burn My Shadow"||Appears in the accompanying "making of" video released with the music video|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Orlando Award||Best Drama Achievement||Won|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||ER||Nominated|
|2001||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||ER||Nominated|
|2002||Golden Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama||The Deep End||Nominated|
|2004||Pula Film Festival||Best Actor||Long Dark Night||Won|
|Paris Film Festival Award||Best Actor||Doctor Sleep||Won|
|2011||Gotham Award||Best Ensemble Cast||Beginners||Won|
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- 'General' - kupus od filma u koji je Vrdoljak nadrobio rat, sapunice, domoljublje i malo seksa bez ikakvog reda i smisla
- [https://www.ziher.hr/general-film-antuna-vrdoljaka-ispunio-je-ocekivanja-koja-je-i-postavio/ FILM GENERAL: FILM ANTUNA VRDOLJAKA ISPUNIO JE OČEKIVANJA KOJA JE I POSTAVIO (in Croatian)]
- PREMIJERA U PULI 'GENERAL JE SUH, SIV I DOSADAN' Filmski kritičar Jutarnjeg Jurica Pavičić pogledao je najiščekivaniji hrvatski film stoljeća - film o Anti Gotovini
- KRITIKE Vrdoljakov film General ne prestaje podizati prašinu, A OGLASIO SE I SAM ANTE GOTOVINA
- PUBLIKA NIJE ODUŠEVLJENA - GAFOVIMA NEMA KRAJA Serija 'General' opet niže kritike: Koji treš, ovo je bolje od 'Krv nije voda'
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