Zeljko Ivanek

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  • Birth Name: Zeljko Ivanek
  • Birth Place: Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/15/1957, Leo
  • Profession: Actor
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Zeljko Ivanek Fast Facts:
  • Born in Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) and moved with his family to California at age 3 so his father could complete his doctorate in electronics engineering at Stanford University.
  • Began his studies at Yale with a double major in theater and geology; dropped geology after one course.
  • Earned his undergraduate degree in three years.
  • Out of respect for his parents, refused several agents' requests to change his name.
  • Is often cast by producer Tom Fontana, whom he met while working at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts after graduating from Yale.
  • Known for frequently playing white-collar villains.
  • Zeljko Ivanek Awards:
  • 2006 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1983 Tony: Actor (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • 1992 Tony: Actor (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (BA in Theater, 1978); London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England (1980)

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