ERIC BANA (Ralph Sarchie) was first introduced to American
audiences in the title role of Mark "Chopper" Read in the feature film Chopper,
which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was then released in the
U.S. to critical notice after its Australian success. Bana earned awards from
the Australian Film Critics Circle and the Australian Film Institute for his
portrayal of "Chopper."
Bana was seen co-starring in Jerry Bruckheimer's production of Ridley Scott's
Black Hawk Down as Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson, one of a group of elite
U.S. soldiers opposite Josh Hartnett, Ewan MacGregor and Tom Sizemore. The war
epic was based on journalist Mark Bowden's best-selling account of the 1993 U.S.
mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. Following the successful U.S. release of Black
Hawk Down, Bana starred in the Australian comedy, The Nugget, a film in which he
portrayed a working class man whose life is suddenly changed by discovering a
"nugget" that provides him, and his two friends, with instant wealth.
Shortly thereafter Bana starred in the title role of Bruce Banner in The Hulk
for director Ang Lee and Universal Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics
character. He was also featured as Hector the Prince of Troy in Warner Bros.'
Troy for director Wolfgang Petersen. The film was based on Homer's The Iliad,
and co-starred Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. The following year, he starred in
Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed Munich, about the aftermath of the 1972
Bana also appeared as the title role in the Australian film, Romulus, My
Father, based on Raimond Gaita's best-selling memoir, which premiered at the
Toronto Film Festival. Next, he played the title role in Curtis Hanson's Lucky
You for Warner Bros., opposite Drew Barrymore. Following Lucky You, Bana starred
as Henry Tudor, opposite Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, in The Other
Bana co-starred in J.J. Abrams' blockbuster hit, Star Trek, as the villain,
Nero. He was also featured in the Judd Apatow film, Funny People, opposite Adam
Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, The Time Traveler's Wife opposite Rachel
McAdams, based on the best selling novel by Audry Niffenegger and Joe Wright's
action-thriller Hanna, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett.
His first film as a director, the drama documentary Love The Beast, had its
U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009, starring Bana, Jay Leno, Dr.
Phil, and, from BBC's Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson. 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.
Bana's recent film credits include Deadfall opposite Olivia Wilde and Charlie
Hunnam, and Closed Circuit opposite Rebecca Hall. He was most recently seen
opposite Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster in Peter Berg's acclaimed
box office hit Lone Survivor based on The New York Times bestseller, "Lone
Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of
SEAL Team 10," by Marcus Luttrell.
Bana currently resides in Australia with his wife and two children.