Zeljko Ivanek

Zelijko IvanekZeljko Ivanek is an Emmy award winner Slovenian born American actor. He is best known for portraying the role of Ray Fiske on Damages. After attending London Academy of Music and Dramatic art, he started working on the stage. He appeared in many plays including The Pillowman and Cloud Nine. However, he gained fame in the roles of supporting actors in many television shows. His performance as Ray Fiske on Damages made him the winner of Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting actor in a Drama Series. He has played the role of a shady character many times. 
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Born: August 15, 1957, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Height: 1.70 m
Nationality: Slovenian, American
Occupation: Actor
Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, more
Nominations: Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, more
Education: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Yale University

What I always loved about theater is that that's an experience that a company of actors just sinks itself into for weeks, and you really get to work on the material, and by the time you're in front of an audience, you really own it.

Movie stars are doing TV series, and former TV stars are doing guest shots. Everybody gets bumped down the line. That's affected everyone in the industry. I've been lucky; I've stayed busy. I'll cross my fingers until it's my turn to be sitting around, not working. I'm sure that'll happen, too.

In television, you are of necessity working in bits and pieces and scenes, and things are out of order, and you never can have the same sense of how will this look when it's all put together, what will the effect be.

I thought I'd be doing theater, really. That's all I had experience with growing up. I mean, I saw movies and television, but I don't think I really connected at a young age that that was acting, that that was part of the profession.

I thought I would spent my career doing Chekhov and Ibsen in regional theaters, so the fact that I started doing new plays was a whole new world I didn't expect, and that I would like to keep doing.

I had seen 'Pillowman' in London and loved it. Being part of something that I, as an audience member, would like to be part of was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had.

I spend a lot of time in California, but New York is still my main home. I go to see a lot of theater.

I actually love going to a lot of theater movies. I just love watching actors work and seeing how people tell stories.

Both 'Oz' and 'Homicide,' they're critically admired, so it's not like they're really neglected, but I wish they'd found bigger audiences.

The stuff that I find really intriguing is always how do ordinary people behave in extraordinary circumstances. And that's why we have a lot of cop shows and lawyer shows and medical shows is that you're looking for situations that just always heighten the stakes.


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