Zeljko Ivanek is a popular Slovenian-born American actor who has won Primetime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, Damages. He is further known for his role in the series, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Event, Heroes, Homicide: The Movie, Banshee, and many others.

Quick info 
Birth nameZeljko Simic-Ivanek
Birth placeLjubljana, Republic of Slovenia
Birth date15th August 1957
Star signLeo
High schoolEllwood P. Cubberlet High School
UniversityYale University
BoyfriendGregory Pierce
Social MediaAbsent
NationalityAmerican, Slovenian
Net worth4 million dollars
Zeljko Ivanek
Zeljko Source: Hitberry

Where was Zeljko born and raised?

Zeljko Ivanek was born on 15th August 1957 in the capital and largest city of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana. His birth name is Zeljko Simic-Ivanek and his father was a Stanford Ph.D. holder in electrical engineer while his mother, Zeljko is a Slovenian immigrant. His younger Brother name is Ivan.

Ivanek’s family stayed in Palo Alto, California for 2 years and then moved to Yugoslavia in 1962. The family stayed there for 5 years and again moved back to Palo Alto. He owns the nationality of both American and Slovenian and he has mixed ethnicity. Ivanek is currently 63 years old turning 64 in August of 2021. He falls under the star sign, Leo.


Where did Ivanek go to School?

Zeljko Ivanek was educated in Ellwood P. Cubberley High School graduating in 1975. The high school has been closed in 1979. At the same time, he used to perform in several small plays in San Francisco Bay Area’s local theatres. In 1978, he graduated with a degree in theatre from Yale University, New Haven. He further trained in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).


How did Ivanek start his Career?

Zeljko Ivanek made his first appearance in the film, The Soldier in1982. The same year, he starred in the film, The Sender as John Doe. He further made his appearance in several films like Hannibal alongside Frankie Faison, Dogville, The Manchurian Candidate, The Hoax, and others.

Ivanek made his television debut in 1983 from the series, Great Performances. He landed the role of Ed Danvers in the series, Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993.

How many awards has Zeljko received?

In 2008, Zeljko Ivanek was awarded Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the series, Damages. He also received a Satellite Award nomination for his role in the series. in 2012, he was awarded BSFC Award for Best Ensemble Cast for Seven Psychopaths. Following year, he was awarded the Golden Carp Film Award – International for Best Ensemble Performance and Gold Derby Award for Ensemble Cast in the film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

He further earned Hollywood Film Awards, OFTA Film Award, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.


Movies and TV Shows

In 2012, he appeared in the film, The Bourne Legacy as well as in the film, Argo and Seven Psychopaths which was the breakthrough of his career. He has further appeared in the film, X-Men: Apocalypse where he has worked alongside Josh Helman, Jennifer Lawrence, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing alongside Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Missouri, and The Courier.

Ivanek with his boyfriend Greg Pierce                                  Source: Liverampup

His other major tv appearances are Oz, 24, Damages alongside Alexandro Daddario, True Blood, Heroes, Big Love, The Event, The Mob Doctor, Revolution, Madam Secretary, and 12 Monkeys.


Who is Zeljko in a relationship with?

Unfortunately, Zeljko Ivanek doesn’t have a wife or children as his sexual orientation is gay. He is currently in a relationship with writer and lyricist Gregory Pierce who is famous for writing, Burial Rites. The couples met each other through Pierce’s uncle. They two worked together for the play, Slowgirl which helped them to deepen their relationship more.

Zeljko Ivanek with his film crews 2014
Zeljko with his film crews 2014      Source: Tumblr

What is the Current Net worth of Ivanek?

Zeljko Ivanek has a net worth of about 4 million dollars as of 2021. He makes his earnings solely from his acting career as he hasn’t endorsed any brands yet. He is leading a luxurious and successful life as he hasn’t retired from his career yet. We will be able to see more of his performances in the coming years.


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