Nickname: Sime (pronounced SHIH-meh)
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Has a large scar on his stomach from gastric ulcer surgery.
Spouse: He has been married to Eva (formerly Ivana Vrdoljak) since May 8, 1999. They have three children.
Last name is pronounced 'VISH-nyich'
Family: The younger of two sons, his father Zeljko was a bus driver and his mother Milka worked in a food market.
At age 18, he trained during peacetime for basic crowd control and as a paratrooper in the Yugoslavian People's Army. He ended up fighting in Slovenia when the Serbian forces led by Slobodan Milosevic attacked this now former province of Yugoslavia, planning to cleanse their Slavic homeland of "unwanted ethnicities," Croats being one of them. When Goran's tour of duty was done he returned home where the Serbian forces had begun their attacks on Croatia (by the time of his return, Croatia had declared their independence). He volunteered to join the new Croatian Army, breaking his own promise to himself to never pick up a gun again.
When word came through that he had been accepted in the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, his brother Josko volunteered to take his place in the Army so he could study his craft.
Trained at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb.
Played Hamlet at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival each each year from 1993 to 2000 six years.
In several interviews, Goran has served as something of a tourism spokesman for Croatia (most notably In Style, March 2001), reminding readers that the war is over, the coast is beautiful, and the people are friendly.
Appeared in Madonna's 1998 music video, "The Power of Goodbye."
He appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan in 1995 TV movie Night Watch and went on to star in several Croatian films before landing a role in The Peacemaker, opposite George Clooney.
The character Jimmy Angelov in Practical Magic was originally named Jimmy Hawkins, and was a Texas redneck. The part was rewritten as Eastern European for Goran Visnjic after director Griffin Dunne saw him in Welcome To Sarajevo and Madonna's Power of Goodbye video.
For his role as a hypnotherapist in the thriller Close Your Eyes, Goran had a trance-inducing experience of his own. "It was crazy. I was lying down, and the hypnotist said, `Relax'. I thought, `Geez, I'm not hypnotized. This is boring.' It was so hot in the office, so I said, 'Can you please turn the air conditioning on?' He said, `Of course.' Then I told him, `It's getting really cold now.' At the end of the session, he said, 'You know, we don't have AC.' The temperature never changed. Hypnosis is a powerful thing."
Goran has a secret power - he can make it rain. His ER co-stars are making sure they do nothing to antagonise him after he made it rain for five days on a filmset - just so he could learn his lines. He said, on the set of Committed, he drove the entire crew mad when he called upon the elements to buy him time to learn his lines. He invoked the higher powers to shower the set and halt filming so he could perfect his English. "They wanted to kill me...'Yeah, but now I have time to memorize the lines.'"
Like every ER actor, Goran underwent brief offscreen surgical training, learning how to suture well enough to look convincing on the set. He did his mini-internship at a hospital back home in Zagreb where he'd once undergone surgery himself.
Named People magazine's Sexiest Import (1999)
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Appeared in an anti-fur billboard campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with his dog, Bugsy, beginning in January 2003. The ads read: "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear any fur." The campaign was PETA's first in eastern Europe.
Hobbies are fencing, swimming, and diving. He wind surfs and practices kung fu.
Favorite Movies: Braveheart, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Tarzan the Ape Man with Johnny Weissmuller.
First role: The wolf in a school production of Little Red Riding Hood (he was 9)