Goran Visnjic joined the cast of NBC's "ER" in 1999, playing the role of Dr. Luka Kovac, a Croatian doctor who immigrated to the United States after the violent deaths of his wife and children.

Visnjic grew up in Sibenik, Croatia, 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. 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 an Orlando (the Croatian equivalent of a Tony).

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

Goran's most recent works are the films "K-11," directed by it's co-writer, Jules Stewart. Goran's character is a successful young record producer who wakes up after a three-day binge in a special unit of L.A. County's Men's Central Jail dedicated to vulnerable prisoners, "Dark Hearts, which paints a portrait of the downtown Los Angeles arts scene and kicks off when struggling artist (Schmid) accompanies his younger brother (Till) to a secret gig where he finds his muse in sultry singer (Kinski) only to be thrust into a maelstrom of art, blood and passion. When domineering manager (Visjnic) won't part with the temptress he sees as his property, a dangerous love triangle ensues. When desire culminates to murder, an unexpected new creativity is unleashed, unveiling the thin line between genius and madness, and Anthony Zuiker Presents: “Execution Style,” the story of three relentless hit men hired to kill the same person, starring Goran Visnjic (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Renee Auberjonois (Boston Legal, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Nicki Aycox (TNT’s Dark Blue) and comedian Bill Bellamy. It was directed by Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone) and written by Duane Swierczynski (Level 26).

Among Visnjic's other film credits are "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", and "Beginners" both of which he starred alongside Christopher Plummer, "Practical Magic," in which he starred alongside Nicole Kidman, and "The Peacemaker" also with Kidman and former "ER" star George Clooney, "The Deep End" directed by Scott McGhee, in which he starred opposite Tilda Swinton. He also appeared with Heather Graham in Miramax's 2000 film "Committed," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and will star in the independent thriller "Doctor Sleep."

Visnjic also starred in three Croatian features, and made his American motion-picture debut in the critically acclaimed drama, "Welcome to Sarajevo," directed by Michael Winterbottom.

In his leisure time, Visnjic enjoys fencing, swimming and diving. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ivana, and sons Tin and Vigo. His birthday is September 9.

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