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ERIC BANA (Henry) was first introduced to American audiences in the title role of Mark "Chopper” Read in the feature film "Chopper.” The film was first a success in Bana's native Australia, where he earned Best Actor Awards from the Australian Film Critics Circle and the Australian Film Institute. The film had its U.S. premiere at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and then opened in limited release to critical acclaim.

In 2001, Bana co-starred with Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore in Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Bana played one of a group of elite U.S. soldiers in the war drama based on journalist Mark Bowden's best-selling account of the ill-fated 1993 U.S. mission in Somalia.

Bana then starred as Bruce Banner, a geneticist whose experiments turn him into the title character in 2003's "Hulk,” based on the popular Marvel Comics series. Directed by Ang Lee, the actioner also starred Jennifer Connelly, Josh Lucas and Nick Nolte. The following year, Bana portrayed Hector in Wolfgang Petersen's epic drama "Troy,” based on Homer's The Iliad and also starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom.

In 2005, Bana starred in Steven Spielberg's controversial and critically acclaimed drama "Munich,” earning praise for his multi-layered portrayal of Avner, the leader of an elite squad ordered to track down and kill those responsible for the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

He most recently starred as the Romulan Captain Nero in the summer blockbuster "Star Trek,” directed by J.J. Abrams. Also this summer, he stars in the Judd Apatow-directed comedy "Funny People,” with Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler.

His other film acting credits include the Australian film "The Nugget”; Curtis Hanson's "Lucky You,” with Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall; the role of Henry VIII in "The Other Boleyn Girl,” opposite Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson; and "Romulus, My Father,” which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Bana recently made his film directorial debut on the drama documentary "Love the Beast,” which had its U.S. premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in April. Starring Bana, Jay Leno, "Top Gear's” Jeremy Clarkson and Dr. Phil, the film explores the meaning of his 25-year-long relationship with his first car and the importance of the bonds that form through a common passion.


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