Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic (born September 9, 1972) is a Croatian-born American actor who has appeared in American and British films and television productions. He is best known for his role as Dr. Luka Kovač in the hit television series ER. Visnjic grew up in Sibenik, Croatia (then Yugoslavia), a port town on the Adriatic Sea, where he decided at an early age that he wanted to be an actor. He first performed in local theater groups and then entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Goran 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. His performance earned him three national Best Actor awards, including an Orlando (the Croatian equivalent of a Tony). Visnjic made his American motion-picture debut in the "Welcome to Sarajevo," drama, directed by Michael Winterbottom. In his leisure time, Visnjic enjoys fencing, swimming and diving. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Eva Visnjic, and their three children.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Rooney Mara  •  Robin Wright

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Rooney Mara  •  Robin Wright

Elektra (2005)

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Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Bowman
CAST:  Jennifer Garner  •  Goran Visnjic  •  Will Yun Lee  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Bowman
CAST:  Jennifer Garner  •  Goran Visnjic  •  Will Yun Lee  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Practical Magic (1998)

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Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian's vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Griffin Dunne
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Stockard Channing

Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian's vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Griffin Dunne
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Stockard Channing

Rounders (1998)

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  John Turturro  •  Gretchen Mol  •  Edward Norton

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  John Turturro  •  Gretchen Mol  •  Edward Norton

The Peacemaker (1997)

When a train carrying atomic warheads mysteriously crashes in the former Soviet Union, a nuclear specialist discovers the accident is really part of a plot to cover up the theft of the weapons. Assigned to help her recover the missing bombs is a crack Special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mimi Leder
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Marcel Iureș  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

When a train carrying atomic warheads mysteriously crashes in the former Soviet Union, a nuclear specialist discovers the accident is really part of a plot to cover up the theft of the weapons. Assigned to help her recover the missing bombs is a crack Special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mimi Leder
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Marcel Iureș  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get children out of the country ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Stephen Dillane  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Emira Nušević

Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get children out of the country ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Stephen Dillane  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Emira Nušević

Committed (2000)

After her husband, Carl, suddenly leaves, Joline travels from New York to Texas to track him down. Although Joline tries to remain upbeat, she is discouraged when she discovers that Carl already has a new girlfriend, the lovely Carmen. Familiarizing herself with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Krueger
CAST:  Heather Graham  •  Casey Affleck  •  Luke Wilson  •  Patricia Velásquez

After her husband, Carl, suddenly leaves, Joline travels from New York to Texas to track him down. Although Joline tries to remain upbeat, she is discouraged when she discovers that Carl already has a new girlfriend, the lovely Carmen. Familiarizing herself with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Krueger
CAST:  Heather Graham  •  Casey Affleck  •  Luke Wilson  •  Patricia Velásquez

The Last Will (2001)

After the death of a wealthy Croatian emigrant, it is discovered that he left his fortune to an unknown, illegitimate relative back in Croatia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoran Sudar
CAST:  Goran Visnjic  •  Alison Heruth-Waterbury  •  Stefan Lysenko  •  Angelica Bridges

After the death of a wealthy Croatian emigrant, it is discovered that he left his fortune to an unknown, illegitimate relative back in Croatia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoran Sudar
CAST:  Goran Visnjic  •  Alison Heruth-Waterbury  •  Stefan Lysenko  •  Angelica Bridges

Beginners (2011)

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal Fields has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 44 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mills
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Goran Visnjic

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal Fields has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 44 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mills
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Goran Visnjic

Robert Capa: In Love and War (2003)

Profile of iconic war photographer Robert Capa, whose career spanned five epic conflicts across three continents before his untimely death at the age of 40. The film traces Endre Freidman's transformation from a young Jewish boy in Budapest to his becoming Robert ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anne Makepeace
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Goran Visnjic

Profile of iconic war photographer Robert Capa, whose career spanned five epic conflicts across three continents before his untimely death at the age of 40. The film traces Endre Freidman's transformation from a young Jewish boy in Budapest to his becoming Robert ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anne Makepeace
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Goran Visnjic

Helen (2009)

On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a kindred spirit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Nettelbeck
CAST:  Ashley Judd  •  Goran Visnjic  •  Lauren Lee Smith  •  Alexia Fast

On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a kindred spirit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Nettelbeck
CAST:  Ashley Judd  •  Goran Visnjic  •  Lauren Lee Smith  •  Alexia Fast

Maternal Half-Brothers (1988)

This story about two maternal half-brothers, a Croat and a Serb. Although they never met, and both lose their loved ones in ethnic clashes, there is a bond between them. Filmed in 1988, it prophetically forsees the war that would engulf former Yugoslavia three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zdravko Šotra
CAST:  Žarko Laušević  •  Mira Furlan  •  Slavko Štimac  •  Sonja Savić

This story about two maternal half-brothers, a Croat and a Serb. Although they never met, and both lose their loved ones in ethnic clashes, there is a bond between them. Filmed in 1988, it prophetically forsees the war that would engulf former Yugoslavia three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zdravko Šotra
CAST:  Žarko Laušević  •  Mira Furlan  •  Slavko Štimac  •  Sonja Savić

The Counselor (2013)

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A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Javier Bardem  •  Cameron Diaz

A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Javier Bardem  •  Cameron Diaz

Dark Hearts (2014)

When struggling artist Colson finds his muse in sultry singer Fran, their daring romance spirals out of control into a dangerous game of deception and betrayal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolf Buitendach
CAST:  Kyle Schmid  •  Sonja Kinski  •  Lucas Till  •  Rachel Blanchard

When struggling artist Colson finds his muse in sultry singer Fran, their daring romance spirals out of control into a dangerous game of deception and betrayal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolf Buitendach
CAST:  Kyle Schmid  •  Sonja Kinski  •  Lucas Till  •  Rachel Blanchard

Apocrypha (2009)

A young boy picks up his father's camera, with which he accidentally films a dying romance between a man and a woman-  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrey Zvyagintsev
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Quentin Mare  •  Nicholas Purcell  •  Goran Visnjic

A young boy picks up his father's camera, with which he accidentally films a dying romance between a man and a woman-  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrey Zvyagintsev
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Quentin Mare  •  Nicholas Purcell  •  Goran Visnjic

Recognition (1996)

During the war, Ana lost members of her family and was raped by a member of the Serb paramilitary forces. Years later, she accidentally sees her tormentor in the middle of Zagreb. She goes to the police, but the man who fits her description was allegedly killed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Snježana Tribuson
CAST:  Nataša Dorčić  •  Milan Štrljić  •  Zoran Čubrilo  •  Goran Visnjic

During the war, Ana lost members of her family and was raped by a member of the Serb paramilitary forces. Years later, she accidentally sees her tormentor in the middle of Zagreb. She goes to the police, but the man who fits her description was allegedly killed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Snježana Tribuson
CAST:  Nataša Dorčić  •  Milan Štrljić  •  Zoran Čubrilo  •  Goran Visnjic

See You (1995)

In the war-driven Balkans in 1991, four friends meet to pay respect to a dead friend...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Salaj
CAST:  Rene Bitorajac  •  Nenad Cvetko  •  Goran Visnjic  •  Boris Festini

In the war-driven Balkans in 1991, four friends meet to pay respect to a dead friend...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Salaj
CAST:  Rene Bitorajac  •  Nenad Cvetko  •  Goran Visnjic  •  Boris Festini

K-11 (2013)

Raymond Saxx Jr., a powerful record producer, wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified "K-11." Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey, Raymond is truly a fish out of water. Complicating matters ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Stewart
CAST:  Goran Visnjic  •  Kate del Castillo  •  D.B. Sweeney  •  Portia Doubleday

Raymond Saxx Jr., a powerful record producer, wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified "K-11." Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey, Raymond is truly a fish out of water. Complicating matters ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Stewart
CAST:  Goran Visnjic  •  Kate del Castillo  •  D.B. Sweeney  •  Portia Doubleday

Ice Age (2002)

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With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Goran Visnjic

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Goran Visnjic

Night Watch (1995)

UN agents Mike Graham and Sabrina Carver are sent by their director Nick Caldwell to investigate the theft of Rembrandt's painting, "The Night Watch". The trail takes them from Amsterdam to Hong Kong and involves them in not only art theft and forgery, but the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Jackson
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Alexandra Paul  •  William Devane  •  Lim Kay Siu

UN agents Mike Graham and Sabrina Carver are sent by their director Nick Caldwell to investigate the theft of Rembrandt's painting, "The Night Watch". The trail takes them from Amsterdam to Hong Kong and involves them in not only art theft and forgery, but the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Jackson
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Alexandra Paul  •  William Devane  •  Lim Kay Siu
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