On September 9, 1972, Goran Visnjic was born. He is an American actor of Croatian descent who has performed in movies and television shows from both countries. In the US, he is most recognised for his performances in the NBC television shows Timeless and ER as Garcia Flynn and Dr. Luka Kovac, respectively. He and the cast of ER received two Screen Actors Guild nominations. He is married to Antun Vrdoljak, a former director of Croatian radio and television (1991–1955). In the late 1990s, he relocated to the US.
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On September 9, 1972, Visnjic was born in Sibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. The only sibling he has is his older brother Josko. His mother, Milka, worked at a market, while his father, Zeljko, was a bus driver. Throughout his early years, he made appearances in plays. At the age of 16, he made his film debut as a young Ustasha in the contentious Yugoslav film Braca po materi (1988).
Visnjic completed his year of required military service in the Yugoslav People’s Army as a paratrooper in 1990 when he was 18 years old. In 1991, just a few weeks after being released from the military and as Yugoslavia was breaking apart, he enlisted in the fledgling Croatian Ground Army. He relocated to Zagreb to attend the Academy of Dramatic Art after quitting the military.
At the Dubrovnik Summer Theatre Festival, Visnjic was the youngest actor chosen for the lead part in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He was originally intended to play Laertes and serve as Hamlet’s understudy, but when the production’s star left just before the opening night, he assumed the part. From 1994 to 2000, he played the cursed prince and won seven Orlando Awards (the equivalent of the Tony Award). He displayed his command of the role of Hamlet by reading a passage from the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy in Croatian on an episode of ER. He obtained work in regional TV shows before joining ER and landed a Tuborg beer commercial that was broadcast around Europe. Additionally, he had a few minor speaking parts in movies like The Peacemaker, Committed, and Practical Magic. He made a brief appearance in the film Rounders and appeared in Madonna’s music video for “The Power of Good-Bye” in 1998. He was cast as a doctor in the sixth season of ER in late 1999 to replace the departing George Clooney, thanks to his performance as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo. By the start of season 12, he had replaced the departing star Noah Wyle, who left the show after the season 11 finale.
Visnjic worked on various projects in addition to starring in ER. Alongside Shirley Henderson and Miranda Otto, he portrayed a character in the British movie Doctor Sleep. He voiced Soto in Ice Age, co-starred in The Deep End, and appeared in The Last Will and Doctor Sleep. He played the title role in the Croatian film and television series Long Dark Night as well as the television drama Spartacus. In Elektra, he shared a screen with Jennifer Garner. Visnjic was one of four candidates for the James Bond role in 2005, but the British actor Daniel Craig ultimately won the part and they both went on to star in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the global premiere of the drama Helen in 2008, Visnjic costarred with Ashley Judd as Judd’s character’s husband David.
He co-starred with Carla Gugino in a scene of the New York-set anthology movie New York, I Love You from 2009. Andrey Zvyagintsev directed the part starring Visnjic. The scene wasn’t included in the theatrical edit of the movie, but it was on the DVD. Visnjic starred in the historical movie The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, which was filmed in Riga, Latvia, and was about a young Polish woman who helped many Jewish children survive during World War II in Warsaw. On April 19, 2009, CBS broadcast the Hallmark Hall of Fame production. He finished playing a part in the independent movie Beginners by Mike Mills. He was hired in late 2009 to play Samson in the BBC One miniseries The Deep, which premiered in 2010. In the fourth episode of “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror,” which debuted on January 19, 2020, Visnjic played Nikola Tesla in the twelfth season of Doctor Who. Visnjic was cast as Count Dracula in the unproduced ABC drama pilot The Brides, created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, in the early 2020s. For his part in the film Duga mracna noc, he was also awarded the best Croatian actor of 2004 by the readers of online magazines, according to the voting of Croatian newspaper Vecernji list.
Wife and Family
He has contributed cash and equipment to a number of Croatian hospitals and medical facilities. He had an appearance on the widely televised American charity show Stand Up to Cancer in 2008. He participated in NBC’s long-running The More You Know campaign as one of the faces of ER, starring in PSAs that covered subjects like tolerance and family time. His wife Eva is a sculptor and artist. She is the daughter of controversial Hrvatska radiotelevizija director Antun Vrdoljak, who presided over the network from 1991 to 1995. One biological child and two adopted children belong to the couple. They have a house in Los Angeles, California, and another one on Hvar, a Croatian island. Visnjic admitted being the father of Lana Lourdes Rupic, a daughter he had with Croatian lady Mirela Rupic in 2006. Visnjic likes to swim, dive, and practise fencing in his own time. Goran and his wife made the announcement that they had sold their Los Angeles property for roughly $5 million in September 2015. In the 2017 elections, he backed Mato Frankovic of the Croatian Democratic Union as the candidate for mayor of Dubrovnik. Visnjic and his wife relocated to the UK in 2021 from Los Angeles.