Is eric bana married?

© Rebecca Bana Photographer & Getty Images. He might be a Hollywood heavy-hitter these days, but Eric Bana is happiest in his role as a husband to Rebecca and father of Klaus and Sophia. He might be a Hollywood heavy hitter these days, but Melbourne lad, Eric Bana is happiest in his role as a husband to Rebecca and father of two gorgeous kids – Klaus, 20, and Sophia, 17.

The Dirty John star, who first caught our attention in the Aussie sketch series, Full Frontal, is, at heart, an introvert who doesn’t parade his family. He’s not one to take his children along to premieres, or to expose them to the limelight that surrounds him since Hollywood came calling.

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Eric Bana as John Meehan in Dirty John. (Image: Getty) Bana, 50, is gaining critical acclaim for his latest role in Netflix’s true-crime thriller, Dirty John.

Based on the investigative reporting and true time podcast by Los Angeles Times journalist Chris Goffard, Dirty John follows the twisted romance between Debra Newell (Connie Britton) and psychopath John Meehan (Eric Bana).

“My agent was nervous to bring up the general concept that it was a TV show and a podcast,” Eric, 50, tells TV WEEK. “But I love true crime, so I hung up and immediately listened to the podcast, and then started talking to the producers and decided I’d take the leap based on the source material, even though we didn’t have a script yet.”

While Bana shot to fame for his comedic roles in Australia, the veteran actor is no stranger to playing darker roles with one of his stand-out performances in the role of Australian criminal, Chopper Reid in Chopper.

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Eric married his wife, publicist Rebecca Bana (née Gleeson), in 1997. Image: Getty. How Eric Bana met wife Rebecca

It was while working on Full Frontal in 1995, that Bana – born Eric Banadinović – met and fell in love with Seven Network publicist Rebecca Gleeson.

The following year he was awarded the highly coveted title of Cleo’s Bachelor of the Year, and as such was awarded a trip to America as part of the prize. In a sweet twist, it was on this trip that Bana proposed to Gleeson, and the lovebirds were wed in 1997, farewelling the Bachelorhood that won him the trip in the first place!

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Eric Bana, daughter Sophia and wife Rebecca Bana take in an AFL match in 2013. Image: Getty. The pair are one of Hollywood’s pin-up couples, known for supporting each other through parenthood and their careers. Rebecca Bana is an extremely talented portrait photographer, and Eric often proudly shares her work on his Twitter feed.

And sound like, when it comes to marriage, Eric is an old-fashion kinda guy.

“For whatever reason, every Australian publication gets my wife’s name wrong,” Bana shared in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “It’s Rebecca Bana, not Rebecca Gleeson. Always has been, ever since we married.”

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Loving dad, Bana is famously guarded about releasing too much information about his family. Image: Twitter/@EricBana67

In August 1998 the couple welcomed their first child, Klaus. He was joined by younger sister Sophia in April 2002.

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Eric and Rebecca Bana have shared a 24-year love story. (Image: Getty.) Marriage and parenthood are what bring Bana the greatest joy. While he doesn’t say too much about it, he confessed to the Daily Telegraph that he described himself as “an ordinary dad with an extraordinary job”.

He described being a parent like this: “It’s the best job, the most rewarding job; it’s the one that takes the most amount of thought and energy, but it’s worth every bit of energy you put into it. It’s the best thing.”

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Talented photographer Rebecca Bana captures ballet-loving daughter Sophia in the most beautiful images. (Image: Instagram/@rebeccabanaphotography) He also admitted that he was enjoying the teen years: “They’re a really lovely age.”

But he has been keen to point out that he will not give too many details about his private or family life.

“I’m good about keeping that stuff to myself,” he has revealed.

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Eric Bana has all the credentials but insists he’s not a celebrity and still sees himself as a comic

EVIDENTLY, it doesn’t take much to irritate Eric Bana, and I’ve inadvertently stepped in it within the first few minutes of our chat.

When I bumped into him in the lift a couple of hours prior to our interview, he seemed in an amiable mood (we’ve met several times before).

But now it’s as if my pressing the red recorder button has triggered a palpable change in him.

Even his considerable biceps, crossed over a tight-fitting T-shirt, seem to tense up.

He cocks his head and takes a breath before answering what was intended as an innocuous warm-up question about why he still lives in Melbourne.

Somehow, a nerve has been hit.

“I haven’t made a decision to stay in Melbourne,” he says.

“I always get perplexed by this question because that should really be for the person who moved away.”

He shakes his head. “Sorry, but there’s no good answer.”

media_camera Rebecca Gleeson and Eric Bana have been married since 1995 and have two children together.

With the exception of Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe, perhaps Bana is the only big-name Aussie actor who didn’t succumb to the lure of Hollywood and pack up wife and life for the sake of his career.

“Well, the simple answer for me is, I haven’t moved because I just haven’t had to move. It just means I’m on the plane a lot.”

Bana is at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to promote his upcoming horror fick, Deliver Us From Evil.

He plays a New York police officer who investigates a series of inexplicable crimes and, in doing so, becomes well-versed in the rituals of exorcism.

At first glance a supernatural horror fick seems an odd choice for Bana. The genre isn’t known for offering demanding scenes in complex roles, nor is it what the actor has usually gravitated towards.

He explains: “I was sceptical at first, but then I understood this was a human story set in a somewhat supernatural world. And the film itself has a kind of sceptical way of viewing the material. It’s not exclusively for people who believe in this stuff and there are a lot of exit doors for those who don’t. But you’re still going to be scared,” he smiles.

media_camera Eric Bana as Ray Martin on ‘Full Frontal’ TV show.

Bana’s unlikely path to gainful employment in Hollywood began as a sketch comedian on the TV series Full Frontal, from 1993 to 1996.

“I had never done any television before, only live stand-up, and that was my first really big break,” he grins.

“I was over the moon. It was such a fun, exciting time. And still today I look back on those years as some of the best times of my life.”

At the demise of Full Frontal he parlayed his comedic skills into his own TV program, The Eric Bana Show Live.

Trying his hand at drama, he then appeared on All Saints, and in 2000 he landed a gig as a regular cast member in the soap Something in the Air.

But it was 2000s Chopper that was to prove a sort of career epiphany for Bana. In a stroke of innovative casting, he landed the lead role as the notorious serial killer.

It not only confirmed Bana could be taken seriously as a performer but, more importantly, proved he could really act.

Less than a year later, he was standing on the Moroccan set of Black Hawk Down, a $98 million historical action drama.

media_camera Bana played Delta Force’s Norm “Hoot” Gibson in Black Hawk Down.

I met Bana on that set. Then unknown outside Australia, he was understandably excited about his foray into big-budget mainstream fare, and relished being directed by Ridley Scott.

During a particularly brutal scene that required him to run among rubble and bloodied prosthetic body doubles, Bana was compelling even without dialogue.

Scott watched Bana intensely through the monitor. After a moment, the esteemed director turned to me and said, “I saw Chopper and I just knew I was watching a virtuoso. You just knew Eric could do anything.”

Scott has certainly been proved right.

Bana has played lead roles in every genre imaginable, with movies including Hulk, Troy, Munich, The Other Boleyn Girl, Star Trek, Hanna and Lone Survivor under his belt.

Today I find his demeanour much the same as it was that night in Africa.

He’s still masculine, comfortable in his skin, fit and ruggedly handsome. He’s starting to grey around the temples but isn’t running to a hair colourist like other actors his age.

“Well, I am 45 and I want to be 45. I don’t want to be 25, I have been 25; I don’t need to be 25.”

He doesn’t need the huge expectation of carrying a very expensive Hollywood vehicle either, as with 2003’s Hulk.

media_camera Actor Eric Bana in a scene from the film ‘The Hulk’.

By all accounts a critical and commercial flop (though Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is now an integral

part of Marvel’s Avengers movie machine), Hulk doesn’t sound as if it was, or is, any kind of downer for Bana.

“I never really think about it. Hulk was 12 years ago; a lifetime ago. In retrospect, it worked out because I certainly wouldn’t want to be stuck doing the same thing for a long time,” he says.

While some actors adhere to the notion that networking and being seen at the right places will guarantee them future roles, Bana lets his work do the talking.

“I’m just myself,” he shrugs.

I tell him he’s often described by his co-stars in glowing terms. He laughs. “Well, I don’t know about that.”

He pauses. “Here’s the thing: no one sees me outside of work, right? And I hope I’m nice to work with because I’m actually really excited to go to work and I don’t take it for granted. Maybe it’s a refection of my enthusiasm, rather than a genuine reflection of my character,” he


“I’m probably grumpier than they think I am.”

media_camera Hit: Eric Bana in Deadfall.

That apparent grumpy side has not interfered with a successful 17-year marriage.

Bana married publicist Rebecca Gleeson (daughter of former Chief Justice of Australia, Murray Gleeson) in 1995.

The couple has two children: Klaus, 14, and Sophia, 12.

Although Bana generally keeps his kids at a safe distance from his day job, his doppelganger, Klaus, spent time on the Bronx set of Deliver Us From Evil.

Bana smiles: “I’ve been re-educated about horror movies through my son, who’s genuinely interested in the genre from an historical perspective. It was really cool to hear him talk with the director about horror. It was a bit of an eye-opener for me.”

Does Papa Bana feel more pressure than usual about this movie, given that his son is somewhat of an enthusiast?

“Well, yes, because I’m doing a movie that’s in his backyard.”

He chuckles. “Hopefully, when he sees the movie, I’ll get the thumbs up.”

I tell him the director described Klaus as “intense”.

Presumably, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Does he see himself in his son?

Another uncomfortable subject it seems, as Bana absent-mindedly reaches for the silver chain dangling around his neck.

“I don’t know. It’s egotistical to look at your kids and see yourself in them; I try not

to do that.”

media_camera Launching pad: Chopper was the movie that got Bana noticed in Hollywood … and for many, on home soil as well.

Nevertheless, the word ‘intense’ is often associated with him.

“Well, comics are intense people,” he says, matter-of-factly.

Most actors vehemently insist they’d prefer their offspring not to follow in their thespian footsteps. Bana says: “I don’t hate the idea, but I guess the good thing is that my kids have been exposed to the realities of flm-making. They’re very aware there are 20 jobs to choose from that smorgasbord that don’t involve acting. I’m very happy to say they’re aware there’s more to it than just ‘Dad’s job’.”

media_camera Eric Bana: A Hollywood star of a different calibre. media_camera Cover of DVD of 2009 film ‘Love The Beast’ featuring actor Eric Bana who also directed the film.

Dad’s job allows for a comfortable lifestyle at their family home in Melbourne, where they’re pretty much left unbothered.

“I’m not a celebrity. I’m a well-known actor, that’s all,” he shrugs. “Being a celebrity in 2014 is its own genre and I’m a million miles from that. I’m not being coy; I’ve just never identified myself that way. I’m cognisant of the fact millions of people don’t know who I am.”

What about when Bana does the school run? Surely there must be an element of undue attention in the schoolyard?

“They know I’m an actor, but at the same time they wouldn’t have had any experience seeing Mr Bana engage in any celebrity activity.”

And the parents and teachers? “Oh, they’re sick of the sight of me. I’m just another parent. I guess I’m saying there’s nothing novel about it.”

His gaze is direct. “It’s not a once-a-year appearance.”

In April, photos surfaced of the Bana clan paddle-boarding at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach. The caption described him as “buff”.

media_camera Eric Bana as Nero in a scene from 2009 film ‘Star Trek’

Are such things a source of amusement, or even pride for the guy who was Cleo’s Bachelor of the Year in 1996?

He pauses. “It’s a source of annoyance more than anything else. Those sorts of subjects are taboo in our house; we tend not to talk about that stuff. It’s something that’s deliberately avoided. I guess we’re both pretty thick-skinned, but it’s not something we talk about.”

Bana remains a motor aficionado, his passion evidenced in the 2009 documentary he directed, Love the Beast.

“I have to admit, I don’t feel the same adrenalin when I’m on set as I do when I go racing cars or motorcycles. I love spending time doing that stuff.”

Despite an array of awards and accolades he’s collected for his acting over the past 15 years, Bana still sees himself as a comic.

Refreshingly, he offers no indication of a big head or inflated ego run amok. Bana deadpans. “I’m medium-headed. And you’re just assuming my ego isn’t out of control.” He laughs. “Now that’s funny.”

Deliver Us From Evil is in cinemas on July 24.

Eric Bana Biography

How is Eric Bana’s Personal Life? Is He Married?

Eric Bana is in a blissfully marital relationship with his wife of more than two decades, Rebecca Gleeson. Bana’s spouse, Rebecca serves as a publicist at the Seven Network, a major Australian commercial free-to-air.

And the Australian actor became ‘Bachelor of the Year’ for Cleo Magazine and won a trip to the US in 1996. The dashing actor proposed his future bride during their trip and subsequently, they tied the knot on August 02, 1997.

Eric Bana with his wife Rebecca Gleeson. SOURCE: Marathi.TV

Since then, the lovely couple is together and living ever so well. The husband-wife duo shares two adorable children from their eternal vows. They welcomed their first baby boy, Klaus Banadinovich in August 1999. Likewise, they welcomed their second child Sophia Banadinovich in April 2002.

Despite his popularity and recognition, Eric is barely active on social media. Well, he is active on Twitter where he usually posts about his work and other stuff but rarely about his personal life. It seems he prefers to live a secretive lifestyle away from the limelight.

Have a great day

— Eric Bana (@EricBana67) December 8, 2018

The Chopper (2000) actor is an avid motor racer and participates in many motor racing competitions in Australia. Besides, he is also a prominent fan of Australian rules of football and supports Kilda Football Club.

What is Eric Bana’s Net Worth? How Much Does He Earn?

Through his active and flourishing career in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, Eric Bana gathered an enormous net worth of $40 million. The average salary of an actor in the US is $39.84 per hour and can earn as much as $50313 annually. But the actor surely receives a much higher paycheck than that.

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The Munich actor boasts so much asset on his name and owns huge property in both Australia and the US. His wealth includes Esther Road mansion which he purchased for $4 million in 2003, and a lavish Holyrood Street, Hampton home worth $2.2 million.

Eric Bana’s House in Hampton, USA. SOURCE: Herald Sun

Being a motor racing enthusiast, Bana has several collections of luxurious cars and bikes in his garage. He owns vintage continental cars like 1974 XB Ford Falcon which he purchased at 15, for a price of $778 (AUD$1,100), Porsche 944, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona, and 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera.


As for his acting works, Eric Bana played numerous main roles in several hit movies in his illustrious career. Namely, the veteran actor played in one of the lead character Hector in the epic war film Troy released in 2004. The movie directed by Wolfgang Peterson grossed $497.4 million against the production budget of $185 million. In the movie, Bana played alongside some of the great actors like Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, and Diane Kruger.

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And not to mention he featured in 2003 Marvel comics based film Hulk for which he is most recognized for. The superhero movie went on to collect more than $245 million against the production cost of $137 million.

Charitable Work

Eric Bana even works as an ambassador for Father Chris Riley’s Charity Youth Off The Streets. The non-denominational community organization basically works for the upliftment of young people who are homeless drug dependent and recovering from abuse.

In addition, he is also an advocate for the Mental Illness Fellowship which works to increase the awareness of mental illness. The Lucky You actor donated money to and even worked with the Royal Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Eric Bana Wiki-Bio

Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 09, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the son of a Croatian father Ivan Banadinovic and a German mother Eleanor Banadinovic.

Eric Bana at a young age.

The handsome actor grew up along with his elder brother Anthony Banadinovic. He attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. Since a young age, Eric loved motor racing and wanted to become a motor engineer.

Inspired by the Mel Gibson film Mad Max, he decided to become an actor. He even worked as a barman and a waiter during his early 20s. The Logie Awards winner made his screen debut in the Australian sketch comedy series Full Frontal in 1993.

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Eric Bana Has Had an Insane Career, Because He Doesn’t Want to Be ‘The Guy’

The usual way a phone interview with an actor whose films have grossed over a billion dollars goes is like this: A publicist calls the journalist, then connects the star into the call. But for his phone interview with IndieWire, Eric Bana called himself, exactly two minutes before the scheduled time. “It’s the only way it works for me,” was his explanation, one which did not at all surprise his collaborators on the Bravo drama series “Dirty John.”

“It’s not that you would necessarily expect him to be this imperious famous person who just bosses everyone around,” showrunner Alexandra Cunningham said. “But he very much is just sort of like… he’s just a guy. For him it’s like, ‘Why wouldn’t I just call her? Why do I need somebody to connect me on a phone? I know how to use a phone.’ I don’t know if it’s an Australian thing or whatever. They’re just very much more down-to-earth than even your run of the mill down-to-earth person.”

Director Jeffrey Reiner added, “Eric is the least affected star I’ve ever worked with. He has no affectations at all. I mean, at all. He does what he says he’s gonna do. He’s hard-working, very diligent. And he’s just a smart and sweet guy.”

Bana has been a warrior. He’s been a sketch comedian. He’s been an assassin. He’s been a Hulk. For two decades now, Eric Bana has had legitimately one of Hollywood’s weirder careers — and he has no regrets.

“I never saw myself as ‘I want to be an actor because I want to be the guy,’” he said in our interview, and when he said “the guy,” it was very clear what he meant. After all, the concept of stardom, especially for an attractive white man who Hollywood quickly threw offers at following his discovery, is not hard to understand — and that’s exactly why Bana’s career has taken so many turns.


If you’re Australian, then Bana’s breakout role was probably as the star of his own 1990s sketch comedy show, before he landed the title role in the film “Chopper,” playing one of Australia’s most notorious and charismatic criminals.

For the vast majority of America, “Chopper” was likely not Bana’s breakthrough role, but within Hollywood, it marked him as a fresh new talent ripe for the spotlight. As Roger Ebert wrote in his 2001 review, “He has a quality no acting school can teach and few actors can match: You cannot look away from him.”

Bana said that at the time he had no idea “Chopper” would be what would make him a known quantity, because “I never think about that. I just think about whether or not the character’s really interesting… I never really envisaged the film being seen outside of my home state.”

“Chopper” did do something for him — make him a contender for dramatic work. “I was always interested in doing drama. I just really had no idea how to bridge the gap. You know what I mean?” he said. “I guess in some ways I allowed myself to think it would be interesting to play all kinds of different roles, and I didn’t really have a huge filter that, that would not be possible. I don’t know why. Naiveté early on is your best friend, there’s no doubt about it.”

That naiveté led to an eclectic array of opportunities, including Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” but he’s continued to pick his roles on his own terms, seeking out something different than being “the guy.” Which is why, just a few years after playing a Marvel superhero, he didn’t mind playing second banana to others in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.”

“The attempt is to try to be lighter on your feet and be free to find different types of characters, or find something different within them,” he said. “And if that means sometimes playing a smaller role, or a bigger role, whatever, I think it’s important to be open to it.”

Bana noted that the concept of picking roles that involve new challenges “definitely gets harder as you go along. Because if you’re lucky enough and you’ve played a broad range of things, it’s inevitably harder to not repeat yourself.”


In “Dirty John,” based on the true-crime podcast, Bana embodies everyone’s worst nightmares about internet dating as a charming suitor to the vulnerable Debra (Connie Britton), whose dark side comes out in a horrifying series of events. The reason that “Dirty John” is Bana’s first major TV role outside of Australia has everything to do with his very specific requirements for taking on any particular project, based on two elements: Bana’s dedication to his family life in Melbourne, and his focus on picking the right characters.

“Dirty John.”

Michael Becker/Bravo

“Always,” Bana said of his decision to focus on characters. “It doesn’t matter what. Every film I’ve done, that’s always been the guiding decision-making thing, for sure.”

This is because his perspective on the job of acting is that “you wanted to be an actor because you want to play interesting characters. So sometimes they’re gonna be in the background, sometimes they’re gonna be in the foreground. That’s kind of always been my priority.”

That said, the characters Bana’s played over the years don’t have a lot in common, except for perhaps one aspect: few of them have utilized his incredible range as a performer, able to shift from comedy to drama to flat-out horror in a beat. That’s why Cunningham wanted to work with him ever since her first viewing of “Chopper,” and why he was her first choice for “Dirty John” as soon as she took on the project.

“Dirty John,” Cunningham said, was the first time she wrote a script with actors in mind, though part of that was due to the production process, since Britton and Bana were on board before she wrote her first script for the series. (Her previous series, including “Prime Suspect,” came after she’d written pilots.)

“I had always wanted to cast Eric Bana in something,” she said. “But knowing from casting director friends of mine who had put him in other things, I knew that historically he had parameters for, besides being drawn to a character, about how a project needed to be set up.”

When it came to “Chopper” (a movie which is not currently available for streaming, a fact which Cunningham wants to make known in case some service might be able to fix that problem), her takeaway was that “he did everything in that movie. He was charming. He was scary. He was jokey. He was chilling. He was handsome. He like, everything. I just felt like well, this is an actor who can do anything and anything in the same character.”

Reiner’s reaction to the idea of casting Bana was simple: “It was like, can we get him? Why would he want to do TV? He’s always been incredibly select his whole life, so selective. So I was wondering why he would do it — but the first thing was yeah. Let’s get him. And lo and behold, he did it.”


For the record, Bana doesn’t feel that the characters of Chopper and Dirty John are all that similar. “Chopper was much more charming. Chopper was way more charming and way funnier, and way more likable in a really weird kind of a way.”


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But the levels of duality in play made him an obvious choice, to Cunningham. “I don’t know that I’ve seen him play a character like that since . He’s played a lot of fantastic characters and crushed it, but they didn’t necessarily have the humor or the charm or the scariness or all at the same time.”

Reiner noted that when he signed up to direct “Dirty John,” his first response was “wow, is there a better character right now in television than Dirty John? Because he is something different to everybody else, and he plays his cards so differently. I was thinking, this could be so much fun for somebody to play, because you have to lead with your charm, and then you have to show small little moments of evilness. You can’t lead with the evilness and you have to just start dishing it out little by little.”

Improvisation was a part of the filming experience, such as with a scene shot on the first day, which Reiner said they tried “maybe like 10 different ways. We made him angry, we made him funny, we made him jacked up on coke, and I made him strung out on dope. Every single take he did it differently. We didn’t do that every time but what we were doing was just trying to explore who the character was.”

“Dirty John.”

Nicole Wilder/Bravo

This approach worked, he said, because from the beginning “he’s a very versatile actor, he can improvise if needed, he can stick to the script if needed. So, I guess we were moving so quick, sometimes we had to explore things. He pretty much was as versatile as I could have hoped for.”

“Dirty John” has been renewed for a second season, though the story will be totally different and Bana said he won’t be involved. “I’m just on this for the one season. It was never a consideration,” he said.

As for future TV work, he noted that “oh, God, well, it took me forever to find this one, so I wouldn’t hazard a guess to try and work out what the next thing will be. Absolutely no idea, no idea at all.”

That said, “it definitely hasn’t suited my lifestyle up until now. But who knows? I mean, I really believe in being open. I don’t like closing things off, so who knows?”

“All the choices he’s made, not only does he not regret them, but I think now he’s at an age and a point in his career where he chose his family and having a base like that and only picked projects he was excited about, and now he’s got a solid family who love him, who he’s been present for all these years,” Cunningham said. “Now they’re starting to have their own lives and his potential is like unlimited. Like, he’s still a great actor. He still looks fantastic. He’s still a wonderful person. The sky’s the limit right now.”

“Dirty John” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

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Eric Bana (Eric Banadinović) is an Australian actor and comedian born on 9th August 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is popularly known for his role as Mark “Chopper” Read in Chopper which earned him Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor.

He attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. At the age of six Eric Bana began doing impressions of family members first mimicking his grandfather’s walk, voice and mannerisms. In school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble.

In 2001 Eric came to prominence with his role, Norm “Hoot” Gibson, in “Black Hawk Down” which was based on real life incidents in Somalia. He has Since then he has played the Bruce Banner role in “Hulk,” Hector in “Troy,” and Avner in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.”

Eric Bana Age

Eric was born on 9th August 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (50 years as at 2018)

Eric Bana Height/ How Tall Is Eric Bana

He is 1.89 m tall/ 6ft 2 inches

Eric Bana Photos

Eric Bana Family

His parents are Ivan Banadinovich (father) and Eleanor Banadinovich (mother). His father was Croatian and worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc. while his mother was German and worked as a hairdresser. He has an older brother Anthony Banadinovich who works as a banker.

Eric Bana Wife/ Eric Bana Rebecca Gleeson

In 1995 Eric Bana began dating Rebecca Gleeson, a publicist with the Seven Network and daughter of then Chief Justice of New South Wales, and later Chief Justice of Australia, Murray Gleeson. In 1997 they got married after Bana proposed to her on a trip to the United States, which he won from Cleo Magazine after being named their “Bachelor of the Year” in 1996.

Eric Bana Children

Eric together with his wife Rebecca has two children, a son Klaus born in August 1999 and a daughter Sophia born in April 2002.

Eric Bana Comedy

In 1993 Eric Bana made his television debut on on Steve Vizard’s late night talk show, Tonight Live. His performance gained the attention of producers from the sketch comedy series, Full Frontal, who invited him to join the show as a writer and performer. Eric became popular with the show’s audience with his impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise

In 1994 Eric Bana recorded a comedy album ‘Out of Bounds’ and in 1996 he hosted his own television special, titled Eric. The show was a collection of sketches featuring everyday characters, prompted him to launch a sketch comedy series The Eric Bana Show. The series, written and performed by Bana, featured skits, stand-up and celebrity guests, but failed to attract a substantial audience and was cancelled after only eight episodes due to low ratings. In 1997 despite the cancellation Bana received a Logie Award for “Most Popular Comedy Personality” for his work on the show.

Eric Bana The Castle

In 1997 Eric Bana made his film debut in the Australian film The Castle, which tells the story of a Melbourne-based family’s struggles to keep their home by Melbourne’s airport as the airport authority force them to move. He was featured in a supporting role as Con Petropoulous, a kickboxing accountant who is the householder’s son-in-law.

Eric Bana Chopper

In 1997 Eric Bana was approached by director Andrew Dominik to appear in the film Chopper (2000), a biographical film based on the life of infamous Australian criminal Chopper Read. Bana shaved his head, gained thirty pounds, and spent two days with Read to perfect his mimicry for the role. He received positive reviews on his act with Roger Ebert, an American film critic, stating “in a comedian named Eric Bana the filmmakers have found, I think, a future star … He has a quality no acting school can teach you and few actors can match. You cannot look away from him”. His performance won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor.

Eric Bana Hulk

In 2002 Eric Bana was featured on ‘The Nugget’, the film portrays the effect of instant wealth on three working class men. He was offered the role of Bruce Banner in the film adaptation of the popular Marvel Comic book series The Incredible Hulk while filming ‘The Nugget’. After he learnt that director Ang Lee was involved in the project he considered taking the offer and even agreed to work on the film before the final script was complete. He admired Lee for his work on the film ‘The Ice Storm’.

He was drawn to the film because “the character of Bruce Banner had dramatic potential” and was “a fairly non-traditional superhero”.

The film (Hulk, 2003) received mixed reviews and a moderate success at the box office, but Bana’s performance was praised: Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News felt that Bana played the role of Bruce Banner “with great conviction”. Eric Bana earned an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nomination for “Cinescape Genre Face of the Future” for the film.

Eric Bana Troy

In 2004, Eric Bana co-starred with Brad Pitt in the big-budget film Troy. He played the role of Prince Hector, leader of the Trojan forces battling against the Greek warrior Achilles. The film was an international success, grossing US$364 million, with US$133 million in the US.

Bana’s bankability in big-budget films was questioned by critics after the disappointment of Hulk and Troy. Eric Bana responded in Empire Magazine: “It’s not like it was a flop. When you’re on a long shoot it is a long personal investment. If I wasn’t happy with the end result I’d be bloody upset, but in every case so far I’ve been happy. Troy could take $50 and I wouldn’t regret it.”

Eric Bana Star Trek

Eric played the role of villain Nero in Star Trek. Bana revealed during an interview that he was Star Trek: The Original Series fan while growing up although he said that his love for the show wasn’t the drive for him signing up but the script which he called “awesome” and said he could not resist being a part of the movie.

He once described his role as a ‘cameo’ but sources later revealed that his characterization of the role as being a “cameo” was an understatement and that Nero was much more than that. Eric later clarified his his statements in an interview saying:

‘…what I mean is that in the context of the roles I usually do, the weight is firmly on other areas … It’s not one of those roles where you’re carrying the movie, is what I’m saying. I feel like I’m very much in a supporting role, not one of the main guys. … It’s a luxury to not be in that position. It’s nice to be offered a part like that.’

Eric Bana Munich

Eric Bana co starred in Steven Spielberg’s controversial film Munich where he played Avner, a Mossad agent, who is ordered to track down and kill the Black September terrorists thought to be responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics. The film was a critical success, and was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2006. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Bana as Avner “projects a combination of sensitivity and ruthlessness and … knows how to present a face for which worry is a new experience.”

Eric Bana Love the Beast

In 2009, Eric Bana released a self-produced and directed documentary-style film called Love the Beast. It details his personal relationship with his first car and follows his progression as a car lover. Along the way he seeks guidance and wisdom from the inner sanctum of his three lifelong friends, as well as celebrities Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson, and Dr. Phil.

Eric Bana Movies




2018 The Forgiven Piet Blomfeld
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Uther Pendragon
2016 The Finest Hours Daniel Cluff
2016 Special Correspondents Frank Bonneville
2016 The Secret Scripture Dr. William Grene
2014 Deliver Us from Evil Ralph Sarchie
2013 Closed Circuit Martin Rose
2013 Lone Survivor Erik S. Kristensen
2012 Deadfall Addison
2011 Hanna Erik Heller
2009 Mary and Max Damien Popodopolous
2009 Love the Beast Himself
2009 Star Trek Nero
2009 The Time Traveler’s Wife Henry DeTamble
2009 Funny People Clarke
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Henry Tudor
2007 Lucky You Huck Cheever
2007 Romulus, My Father Romulus Gaita
2005 Munich Avner Kaufman
2004 Troy Hector
2003 Hulk Bruce Banner/Hulk
2003 Finding Nemo Anchor
2002 The Nugget Lotto
2001 Black Hawk Down Norm “Hoot” Gibson
2000 Chopper Mark “Chopper” Read
1997 The Castle Con Petropoulous

Eric Bana TV Shows


2018 Dirty John John Main Role
2007 Kath & Kim Himself S4: Ep. 2
2000–2001 Something in the Air Joe Sabatini 202 episodes
1999–2000 All Saints Rob Biletsky 3 episodes
1996–1997 The Eric Bana Show Live Various 17 episodes
1993–1996 Full Frontal Various 66 episodes

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Eric Bana Interview

Eric Bana was interviewed by Collider Magazine on his role as murderer Piet Blomfeld in the film ‘The Forgiven’.

When this came your way, did you read the script first, or did it start with a conversation with director Roland Joffé?

Eric Bana: I read the script and loved it, and couldn’t believe that Roland was asking me to do it. At that stage, Forest was already attached, so I was able to read it with him in that role. I was just beside myself that he was coming to me to play Piet. We had a couple of great long telephone calls and I said yes, straight away. It was such a rare thing. Every actor dreams of finding scripts like this, but they’re very hard to come across.

This seems like a very challenging, complex character to dig into. What was your way into finding your performance for this?

Eric Bana: You’re right, this is probably the most intimidating character I’ve ever played. The key to the character, for me, was just throwing myself into South African history. There was so much about South African history that I needed to know, before I could stand any chance of understanding where Blomfeld’s warped sense of entitlement came from. It just made no sense to me, and I knew it was going to take a mountain of work. Oddly enough, that just came in the form of learning about the history of the Afrikaans and what had happened, and trying to understand how he could end up with so much hate. Obviously, Roland was very helpful, in terms of giving us enough to learn because you had to be convincing in your hate, in order to make that character work. It is a risk and it is a huge challenge. For Tutu to work, you have to believe everything that’s coming out of my mouth, and that’s a lot to take on. It was just one of those ones where you have to really jump into the deep end, and trying to learn and understand a lot of the history was the first step.

When you do something this dark and intense, did you also have to take extra care of yourself when you weren’t on set?

Eric Bana: Yes and no. It was a very short shoot, so I just led a very, very simple existence for the month, or whatever, that we were shooting. I enjoy being quite monastic when I’m playing that sort of character. I don’t try to shake it off too much. I just try to sit with it, and then deal with it when it’s over. It was okay. It wasn’t a very long shoot and it was a very intense schedule, so that really helped. It’s not a character that I’d like to play, over a period of months.

Do you ultimately feel that Piet Blomfeld is someone who’s worthy of forgiveness and redemption, or are there some people who just aren’t worth forgiving?

Eric Bana: I like the premise of having two people who are at polar opposites of something, that were forced to sit down and try to communicate their sides. They’re so far apart that it would appear as though middle ground would be completely impossible, in the course of their lifetime. The fact that Tutu was able to move the needle, even a tiny bit, was incredible. We see people holding their ground in arguments in 2018, where there just isn’t room to move. That’s politics, around the world. We’re constantly disillusioned because we see people so unwilling to yield or to listen or to mediate or to compromise. I thought the premise was a really interesting one. It’s only at the very end, after he’s dead, that we discover that Tutu had an effect on him and it’s only a very small amount that he yields. We do get a look at how he became what he became and how his own warped sense of history created this narrative. In a lot of ways, the way into the character was one of just total belligerence. It wasn’t a case of believing exactly what Blomfeld believed. It was playing someone who’s own sense of what they believed in was unmovable and they’re unflinching in their belief.

Obviously, working with Forest Whitaker would be a dream for any actor. What was that like for you?

Eric Bana: It was unbelievable. It was incredibly intense because we were on a very tight schedule and we both had very, very intense characters to play, in our own way. I was very respectful of the amount of make-up time that Forest had and that his time on set was going to be extremely valuable. We threw ourselves into all of those things. The director gave us the option of breaking things up into sections, but we both decided to do every scene from start to finish. We were just ready to go, and there was no joking around or rehearsing or getting up to speed. We both got in that cell, cameras rolled and we just went for it.

Did you get any moments of levity, at all?

Eric Bana: Not really. The fun comes out of the fact that you can’t believe you’re getting to do it. Sometimes you’re on a set and you can muck around. This was not that environment. We were in a maximum-security prison and time was ticking away, like a time bomb. We were just so grateful for the opportunity.

Were you just completely ready to leave behind the prison jumpsuit, once you could?

Eric Bana: Yes, especially when you’ve got security guards around who don’t know that you’re on the call sheet. They just see the jumpsuit.

How did you find the experience of shooting in Cape Town, South Africa, especially knowing that the production had the blessing of Desmond Tutu?

Eric Bana: That was hugely important. There would have been nothing worse than coming out with an end result that was either not endorsed or shunned. Having his blessing, so to speak, meant a lot to us. In terms of access and confidence, that made a huge difference. And shooting in a real maximum-security prison most definitely gave the production a sense of urgency and palpable reality that you just wouldn’t have gotten. It would have cost us a fortunate to recreate that on a set. We just couldn’t have done it. For me, whilst you’re very on edge and there are very real dangers, it was vital.

Do you have any idea what’s next for you, as an actor, or what you’d like to do next?

Eric Bana: I’ve got a couple of ideas. There’s a couple of things I’m looking at, but I’m not 100% sure yet. I took last year off because my son was in his final year of high school and I deliberately didn’t want to be traveling. So, I’m just ramping back up now and looking at some stuff for this year. We’ll see. There’s a few things around, but trying to follow up this experience has been difficult.

At this point in your life and career, what gets you interested in a project?

Eric Bana: It’s pretty instinctual. If you find films like , it’s a no-brainer. That’s what most actors want to be doing. But they’re getting harder to find, they’re getting harder to fund, and they’re getting harder to get some air to promote. It’s really hard. It’s harder than it used to be, so it requires more and more patience. I think you’re frustrated more than you used to be.

Would you like to get behind the camera and try your hand at directing a feature film?

Eric Bana: I’ve done it once (with the documentary Love the Beast) and I would like to do it again, if I found the right piece of material. I don’t read other people’s scripts with an eye to direct. I may or may not be working on stuff, in the background. It’s possible. It would have to be something I’ve written myself. I don’t think I could look at someone else’s work to direct.


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YOU may recognise Eric Bana from Troy, the Hulk or The Time Traveller’s Wife.

But now he’s taken on the lead role of Bravo’s Dirty john. Here’s what you need to know about the Aussie hunk…

2 Eric Bana is an Australian actorCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Who is Eric Bana?

Eric Bana né Banadinovic is an Australian actor who was born in Melbourne on 9th August 1968 – making him 50-years-old.

His father was Croatian and his mother was German, he also has a brother called Anthony.

Speaking to The Mail On Sunday, he said that growing up he experienced racial slurs because of his mixed heritage.

He said: ” Wog is such a terrible word.

“I have always been proud of my origin, which had a big influence on my upbringing. I have always been in the company of people of European origin.”

His introduction into the entertainment industry came through his stand-up comedy gigs.

Eric got his first break in the 1997 film The Castle but it was his role in 2000’s Chopper that gained him critical reviews.

And his performance in 2001’s Black Hawk Down brought him to the attention of Hollywood.

He’s perhaps best known for taking on the Hulk as well as Nero in 2009’s Star Trek.

Others may know him from starring in Troy, Munich, The Other Boleyn Girl or The Time Traveller’s Wife.

Eric is passionate about motor racing and often participates in events and competitions in Australia.

Who does he play in Dirty John?

2 Eric plays the lead role in Dirty JohnCredit: Getty – Contributor

Eric has taken on the title role in the Bravo series.

He plays John Meehan who Wikipedia describes as:

“a con man with a history of deceiving women who is currently posing as an anaesthesiologist.”

The series is based on the true story of con artist John Meehan who was a serial manipulator of women and the subject of a podcast and a TV series both named Dirty John.

Meehan was known for swindling money from people and sleeping with many women, lying about almost every aspect of his life.

In 2017 Christopher Goddard, an investigative journalist, spent a year creating a podcast about the conman John Meehan.

The renowned podcast was made into a TV series on American channel Bravo late last year and will continue into a second series currently being produced.

It tells the same story as the podcast, but as a scripted drama.

The series stars Connie Britton as Debra Newell as well as Julia Garner and Juno Temple as Debra’s two daughters.

The show premiered in the US on November 25, 2018.

What’s his net worth?

Eric has accumulated a sizeable net worth from his film and TV work .

Throughout his over thirty-year career he’s racked up just over £30 million.

He’s married to the former Chief Justice of Australia Murray Gleeson’s daughter Rebecca Gleeson.

They tied the knot in 1997 and have a son and daughter.

And in 2006 his father-in-law was voted the seventh most powerful person in Australia by The Australian Financial Review.

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