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By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić | Published  07/6/2016 | People , Entertainment , Education | Unrated
Goran Višnjić started his career of an actor in his native Croatia

Goran Višnjić started his career of an actor in his native Croatia

Goran Visnjic to co-star in NBC’s ‘Time’ Travel Pilot from Eric Kripke & Shawn Ryan

The project, from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Davis Entertainment, is described as “Back To The Future meets Mission: ImpoNBC logo 2016ssible.” It is a high-octane drama following an unlikely trio (Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett) who travel through time to battle a master criminal (Visnjic) intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.

Vulnerable, damaged and oddly emotional, Visnjic’s Garcia Flynn is a dangerous man who’s recently stolen a time machine and traveled with his team of soldiers to the hours prior to the Hindenburg’s explosion. Flynn is guided by a strange journal from some other period of time, and while his full plan is still shrouded in mystery, it’s clear that he must be stopped.

Ryan and Kripke co-wrote the script and executive produce with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox and MiddKid Prods.’ Marney Hochman.

Best known for his breakout role as Dr. Luca Kovac on NBC’s long-running medical drama ER, Visnjic recently co-starred on CBS’ Extant and international drama Crossing Lines. He is repped by WME and Management 360.

By Nellie Andreeva, March 8, 2016


Goran Višnjić

Goran Višnjić, born in the city of Šibenik, Croatia, is an actor, best known for his role in TV Serie ER. He voices the saber-tooth tiger, Soto, in Ice Age.

Goran Višnjić was born in Croatia, in a family of a father who was bus driver and a mother that worked at the local food market. Višnjić began acting as a child in Croatia. He studied at Croatia's Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. His first notable appearance on stage was while Visnjic was a second-year student and was cast in the role of Hamlet at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. He played that role annually until 1999, winning several awards for his performance, including Croatia's equivalent of the Tony Award.

Goran is married to Eva Visnjic (b. Ivana Vrdoljak) a well-know artist-sculptor and a daughter of Antun Vrdoljak. The couple has three children, two sons and a daughter.


Goran Višnjić

"Lots of people want to be movie stars. But they don't realize that to be a celebrity is not that beautiful if you can't go to the store to buy toothpaste."

The youngest of two brothers, Goran Visnjic's mother worked at a food market and his father was a bus driver. Visnjic grew up in a small town in his native Croatia off the Adriatic Sea, where he decided at an early age that he wanted to be an actor. But duty called and Visnjic trained as a paratrooper in the Croatian army at age 18. When war broke, Visnjic found he could not leave. "When somebody is attacking your hometown, and you're just sitting in the basement, you feel really useless. I felt I had to do it to defend my country. That's normal." He volunteered to stay on for an additional three months during the Serbian aggression on Croatia.

He first performed in local theater groups and then entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He gained popularity in Croatia when, at the age of 21, he was cast as Hamlet in the prestigious Dubrovnik Summer Festival's staging of Shakespeare's play. The production received rave reviews, with Visnjic's own performance earning him three national Best Actor awards, including the Orlando (the Croatian equivalent of a Tony).

His additional theater credits include Les Fourberies de Scapin, L'Ecole des Femmes, Miss Julie, Ivanov, The Brothers Karamazov and Le Baruffe Chiozotte.

In 1998, he appeared in Madonna's music video for the song The Power of Goodbye and in 1999, he was named Sexiest Import by People Magazine.

The year 1999 also saw Visnjic join the cast of the hit television series ER in its sixth season; playing the role of Dr. Luka Kovac, a Croatian doctor. "ER is a pretty big deal in Croatia," Goran explains. "When my agent called and told me about this show, I said, 'Are we talking about the same ER?' And I thought about it for half a second and then said, 'Yes, of course!' I was watching them in Croatia when I was still at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and now I'm working with them." The series ended in 2008, and Goran has since played a starring role in the 2010 mini-series The Deep.

Visnjic's film credits include The Peacemaker (1997) opposite fellow former ER star George Clooney, Committed (2000) opposite Heather Graham, Practical Magic (1998) and Elektra (2005) with Jennifer Garner, Beginners (2011) with Ewan McGregor and the much anticipated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), playing Dragan Armansky. He has also starred in three Croatian feature films, and made his American motion picture debut in the critically acclaimed drama, Welcome to Sarajevo.

In his leisure time, Visnjic enjoys swimming and diving. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ivana, a sculptor.


Our Father in Croatian

Interview with Goran Višnjić in Croatian

This article has been inspired by Maya Brlecic, born in Croatia's capital Zagreb, living in Cincinnati, USA. Many thanks!

Formated for CROWN by Darko Žubrinić
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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Dianne Brkusic)

    Great article! Proud of Goran Visnjic and Maya Brlecic! I would like to see more article like this. Thank you Maya Brlecic!
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