Meet Slovenian-American Actor Zeljko Ivanek Biography

Primetime Emmy Award winner Zeljko Ivanek is a Slovenian-American actor who is known for his popular role as Ray Fiske in the FX thriller series Damages. He gained further fame starring in TV series like Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, and The Event. Moreover, his notable films include Argo, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Bio, Parents, And Educational Background

Zeljko Ivanek was born Zeljko Simic-Ivanek on August 15, 1957, in Ljublijana, PR Slovenia,FPR Yugoslavia. He is 64 years old as of writing this article.

He has a brother, Ivan Ivanek. His family settled in Palo Alto, California, in 1960, where his dad was studying for his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University. The family moved back to Yogoslavia for five years in 1962 and again returned to Palo Alto in 1967.

Ivanek graduated from Ellwood P. Cubberley High School in 1975 and has been part of numerous community theater plays in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He attended Yale University, graduating with a major in theater in 1978. For his other degree, he enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Talking about his height, he stands at the average height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m). He holds American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity.

Whopping Net Worth Of $4 Million – Roles In Film & Television

The 64-year-old actor is worth $4 million as of August 2021. Most of his earnings come through his acting career.

He made his film debut in the Cold War action-thriller film The Soldier in 1982. A year later, he appeared in the TV series Great Performances

Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske in the FX thriller series Damages
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From 1993-1999, he starred as Ed Danvers in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street. Similarly, he landed the role of Governor James Devlin in the drama series Oz from 1997 until 2003.

Ivanek won a Primetime Emmy Award for his stunning performance as Ray Fiske in the FX thriller series Damages from 2007-2010.

He appeared as Molina in the action-thriller film Live Free or Die Hard (budget $110 million and grossed $388.2 million) in 2007.

Zeljko acted as Robert Pender in the historical drama thriller film Argo (budget $44.5 million and box office $232.3 million) in 2012. 

Furthermore, he was seen in the dark comedy crime film Seven Psychopaths (box office $33 million and budget $13.5-15 million) in 2012.

Likewise, the actor featured in the crime drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (box office $160.2 million and budget $12-15 million) in 2017.

Relationship And Gay Rumors

‘Damages’ actor Zeljko Ivanek is not married as of now. Though few online sources claim he has a wife and two children, the news is hoaxed.

He is reportedly single; however, ever since he played the gay character in the TV film Our Sons. His fans are assuming that he is gay in real life too. 

Zeljko Ivanek with his rumored partner, Greg Peirce
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Not to mention, the actor was rumored to be dating Greg Peirce. The two have also been spotted from time to time in different premier and events. But, we haven’t heard any confirmation from both of them.

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