Dr. Feelgood: if looks could heal
May 2001

Goran Visnjic doesn't recall playing doctor before he began starring as compassionate Croatian physician Luka Kovac on ER. Nor has the 28-year-old ever dabbled in the blackmail like the bad guy he portrays in the summer film The Deep End. What has he done--besides charming us in slightly broken English? Plenty.

First time he saw his wife: "This cute woman walked into my favorite bar in Gavella, Croatia, about four years ago. When I saw her, I said, "Uh-oh, that's it." But I was shy, so I didn't ask her out until a couple of days later, when I finaly found someone who knew her phone number."

Last time he saw his wife: "A minute and a half ago. I'm on the phone, and she's getting ready to put dinner on the table. I'm outside with my dog, Bugsy, a three-year-old Chinese pug."

First splurge: A motorcycle-- a Yamaha XT 500 I bought after playing Hamlet at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in Croatia.

Last splurge: Sony Playstation2

First English word he learned: "F**k. That was before my first English lesson. Did you know the phrase "Thank you very much" sounds like 'The thank is chasing a big cat' in my language?"

Last English word he learned: "A medication, prednisone. It's a steroid for arthrisis."

First time he cried: "I was doing badly in school back in Croatia, so my parents said I could not watch Battlestar Galactica. It was my favorite show."

Last time he cried: "On the ER set yesterday... this big scene where I tell the story of how Luka lost his family. I was crying for real."