Željko Ivanek

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Željko Ivanek
Born(1957-08-15) 15 August 1957 (age 57)
Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia
Alma materYale University
Years active1981–present
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Željko Ivanek
Born(1957-08-15) 15 August 1957 (age 57)
Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia
Alma materYale University
Years active1981–present

Željko Ivanek ([ˈʒeʎko iˈʋanək]; born August 15, 1957) is a Slovenian-born American actor of Croat descent, known for his role as Ray Fiske on Damages,[1] for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award. Ivanek is also known for his role of Ed Danvers on Homicide: Life on the Street and Homicide: The Movie, Governor James Devlin on Oz, Andre Drazen on 24, Blake Sterling on the short-lived NBC series The Event, and Emile "The Hunter" Danko on Heroes.

Early life and education[edit]

Ivanek was born in Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia, Europe. He emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1960, when he was 3 years old.[2] After a two-year stay, in 1962, the family moved back to Slovenia for five years and then returned to the United States in 1967. Having performed in numerous community theater plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, Željko graduated from Ellwood P. Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1975. Ivanek went on to graduate from Yale University in 1978 and afterward attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Ivanek has worked extensively on the stage. In 1982, he originated the role of Hally in Athol Fugard's play "Master Harold"...and the Boys. He has also appeared in the U.S. premieres of such notable plays as Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine (for which he earned the 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play) and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. He performs frequently on Broadway and has been nominated for three Tony Awards, for his performances in the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, in Two Shakespearean Actors, and in a revival of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, alongside David Schwimmer and Tim Daly.

However, Ivanek is perhaps best known for his supporting roles in a number of well-known television series. The characters he portrays are most often professional men such as lawyers or government functionaries and are frequently antagonists. These roles include Emile Danko in Heroes; Roland in The X-Files; prosecuting attorney Ed Danvers in Homicide: Life on the Street; Ray Fiske in Damages; J.J. in Big Love; the Magister in True Blood; Governor James Devlin in Oz; and Blake Sterling, the Director of National Intelligence in the NBC drama series The Event.[4][5] He has also portrayed a broader range of roles, however, including John Dickinson, the Pennsylvanian representative to the Second Continental Congress in the HBO miniseries John Adams. Ivanek has also guest starred on shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and House. He has appeared several times on Law & Order as both one-off characters and as Ed Danvers in crossover episodes with Homicide: Life on the Street. He has a role also in the series Madam Secretary.

Ivanek has received recognition for his on-screen work. In 2008, he was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role of Ray Fiske on Damages.

As well as his stage and television work, Ivanek has appeared in more than 20 feature films, including The Bourne Legacy, In Bruges, Dogville, Black Hawk Down, Donnie Brasco, Argo, and Seven Psychopaths.

In 2012, he portrayed Dr. Stafford White in the Fox drama The Mob Doctor. As of 2014, he has supporting roles in several shows on broadcast and cable television, including the NBC drama series Revolution, where he plays the recurring roles of Dr. Calvin Horn and an illusory nanotech avatar of Horn; the USA Network drama Suits; the Cinemax drama Banshee; and the FX series The Americans.

In That Guy... Who Was in That Thing, he reveals that his contract now includes a rider to ensure that the character Ž in "Željko" does not appear as Z in the credits.



1982Soldier, TheThe SoldierBombmaker
1982Sender, TheThe SenderJohn Doe #83 / The Sender
1984Mass AppealMark Dolson
1984The Sun Also RisesBill Gorton
1987Rachel RiverMomo
1987Echoes in the DarknessVince ValaitisTelevision movie
1990Artificial ParadiseWilly
1991Our SonsDonald Barnes
1992School TiesMr Cleary
1995TrumanEddie JacobsenTelevision movie
1996White SquallCoast Guard Captain Sanders
1996Courage Under FireBen Banacek
1996InfinityBill Price
1996Associate, TheThe AssociateSEC Agent Thompkins
1997Donnie BrascoTim Curley
1997Julian PoTom Potter
1998Rat Pack, TheThe Rat PackRobert F. KennedyTelevision movie
1998Nowhere to GoPrincipal Jack Walker
1998Civil Action, AA Civil ActionBill Crowley
1999Snow Falling on CedarsDr. Whitman
2000Dancer in the DarkDistrict Attorney
2001HannibalDr. Cordell Doemling
2001Black Hawk DownLieutenant Colonel Gary Harrell
2002UnfaithfulDetective Dean
2004Manchurian Candidate, TheThe Manchurian CandidateVaughn Utly
2005ManderlayDr Hector
2006Hoax, TheThe HoaxRalph Graves
2007Ascension DayMaster Travis
2007Live Free or Die HardMolina
2008In BrugesCanadian Guy
2011Tower HeistFBI Director
2012Bourne Legacy, TheThe Bourne LegacyDr. Donald Foite
2012ArgoRobert PenderNominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2012Seven PsychopathsPauloBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2012The WordsCutler


1983Great PerformancesMarch HareEpisode: "Alice in Wonderland"
1986American PlayhouseGeorge DeeverEpisode: "All My Sons"
1987St. ElsewhereMark DolsonEpisode: "You Again?"
1990L.A. LawJoel LassenEpisode: "Bound for Glory"
1993Law & OrderPhillip SwannEpisode: "American Dreams"
1993–1999Homicide: Life on the StreetEd Danvers37 episodes
1994X-Files, TheThe X-FilesRoland Fuller / Dr. Arthur GrableEpisode: "Roland"
1995Murder, She WroteEddie SaundersEpisode: "Home Care"
1997–1999Law & OrderASA Ed Danvers2 episodes
1997FrasierDr. Arnold ShawEpisode: "Death and the Dog"
1997The PracticeD.A. Mark McGovernEpisode: "The Civil Right"
1997MillenniumDr. Daniel "Danny" MillerEpisode: "Walkabout"
1997–2003OzGovernor James Devlin27 episodes
1997Ally McBealJudge Marshal PinkEpisode: "One Hundred Tears Away"
1998From the Earth to the MoonKen MattinglyEpisode: "The Original Wives Club"
2000ERBruce ResnickEpisode: "The Dance We Do"
2000Homicide: The MovieEd DanversTV film
2001The PracticeU.S Attorney SandersEpisode: "The Confession"
2002The PracticeMatthew DaviesEpisode: "Neighboring Species"
200224Andre Drazen15 episodes
2002The Twilight ZoneER chiefEpisode: "The Lineman"
2003The West WingSteve Atwood2 episodes
2004Law & OrderMr. CapplinEpisode: "Gov Love"
2004Touching EvilRonald HinksEpisode: "Pilot"
2005NYPD BlueJustin DeroosEpisode: "Stoli With a Twist"
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAndrew MeltonEpisode: "Nesting Dolls"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEverett DrakeEpisode: "Taboo"
2006BonesCarl DeckerEpisode: "The Woman in the Car"
2006SharkEliot Dasher2 episodes
2006Cold CaseJohn DoeEpisode: "One Night"
2007–2010DamagesRaymond "Ray" Fiske16 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
2007LostEdmund BurkeEpisode: "Not in Portland"
2008–2014Mentalist, TheThe MentalistDr. Linus Wagner3 episodes
2008NumbersWilliam FraleyEpisode: "When Worlds Collide"
2008John AdamsJohn Dickinson2 episodes
2008–2014True BloodMagister5 episodes
2008HouseJasonEpisode: "Last Resort"
2009HeroesEmile "The Hunter" Danko13 episodes
2009–2010Big LoveJ.J.12 episodes
2010–2011Event, TheThe EventBlake Sterling22 episodes
2013White CollarBrett ForsytheEpisode: "Digging Deeper"
2012–2013Mob Doctor, TheThe Mob DoctorDr. Stafford White13 episodes
2013–2014RevolutionDr. Calvin Horn5 episodes
2014BansheeJim Racine6 episodes
2014SuitsEric WoodallEpisode: "No Way Out"
2014The AmericansJohn SkeeversEpisode: "Stealth"
2014–presentMadam SecretaryRussell Jackson10 episodes


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