Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Željko Ivanek (; born 15 August 1957) is an Emmy Award-winning Slovenian American actor best known for his role as Ray Fiske on Damages, as well as his role of Ed Danvers on Homicide: Life on the Street and in Homicide: The Movie. He is also known for playing Blake Sterling on short-lived NBC series The Event and Emile Danko on Heroes.
Ivanek was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, then a part of Yugoslavia. He immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1960 when he was 3 years old; after a two-year stay, the family moved back to Slovenia for five years and then returned to the United States in 1967. Ivanek graduated from Yale University in 1978 and afterward attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
In 1982, Ivanek 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 - garnering the 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. He would later work again with McDonagh, playing a minor role as a Canadian tourist in the film In Bruges.
Ivanek frequently appears on Broadway and has been nominated for three Tony Awards: one for his performance in the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, one more as a featured actor in Two Shakespearean Actors, and another for his lead performance as Captain Queeg in a revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial alongside David Schwimmer and Tim Daly.
Ivanek is perhaps best known for his supporting roles in the television series The X-Files as Roland; Homicide: Life on the Street as prosecuting attorney Ed Danvers; Damages as Ray Fiske; Oz as Governor James Devlin; 24 as Andre Drazen; Lost as Edmund Burke; Heroes as Emile Danko; and as J.J. in HBO's series Big Love.
In his screen appearances, he often plays professional men such as lawyers or government functionaries, sometimes of an evil nature.
In 2006, he guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit playing the father of a college student (Schuyler Fisk) with whom he has an incestuous relationship.
Ivanek portrayed John Dickinson, representative from Pennsylvania of the Second Continental Congress in the HBO miniseries John Adams. He was again seen on HBO in November 2008 in the series True Blood, in which he played the role of the Magister. He reprised his role as the Magister in 2010, the show's third season.
On September 21, 2008 Ivanek was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role of Ray Fiske on Damages.
Ivanek appeared in the third and fourth seasons of Big Love, as Nicki Grant's first husband, J.J.
He appeared as a gun-wielding patient in the episode "Last Resort" on House.
Ivanek was in the NBC drama series The Event.
|The Sender||John Doe #83/The Sender|
|1983||Great Performances (TV series)||March Hare|
|1984||Mass Appeal||Mark Dolson|
|The Sun Also Rises||Bill Gorton|
|1986||All My Sons (TV series)||George Deever|
|Echoes in the Darkness (TV series)||Vince Valaitis|
|St. Elsewhere (TV series)||Mark Dolson|
|1990||Artificial Paradise (Slovenian: Umetni raj)||Willy|
|L.A. Law (TV series)||Joel Lassen|
|1991||Our Sons||Donald Barnes|
|1992||School Ties||Mr Cleary|
|1993-1999||Homicide: Life on the Street (TV series)||Ed Danvers|
|1994||The X-Files (TV series)||Roland Fuller/Dr. Arthur Grable||1 episode|
|1996||White Squall||Coast Guard Captain Sanders|
|Courage Under Fire||Ben Banacek|
|The Associate||SEC Agent Thompkins|
|1997||Donnie Brasco||Tim Curley|
|Frasier (TV series)||Dr. Arnold Shaw|
|Julian Po||Tom Potter|
|Millennium (TV series)||Dr. Daniel "Danny" Miller||1 episode|
|Oz (TV series)||Governor James Devlin||27 episodes|
|1998||The Rat Pack||Robert Kennedy|
|Nowhere to Go||Principal Jack Walker|
|From the Earth to the Moon||Ken Mattingly|
|A Civil Action||Bill Crowley|
|1999||Snow Falling on Cedars||Dr. Whitman|
|2000||Dancer in the Dark||District Attorney|
|2001||Hannibal||Dr. Cordell Doemling|
|Black Hawk Down||Lieutenant Colonel Gary Harrell|
|24 (TV series)||Andre Drazen||14 episodes|
|The West Wing (TV series)||Steve Atwood||2 episodes|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Vaughn Utly|
|2004||Law & Order (TV series)||Mr. Capplin|
|2006||The Hoax||Ralph Graves|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Everett Blake||Episode: "Taboo"|
|Bones (TV series)||Carl Decker|
|Shark (TV series)||Eliot Dasher|
|Cold Case (TV series)||John Doe||Episode: "One Night"|
|2007||Ascension Day||Master Travis|
|Damages (TV series)||Raymond "Ray" Fiske||1st season regular-guest star 2nd season|
|Live Free or Die Hard||Molina|
|Lost (TV series)||Edmund Burke||(1 episode)|
|2008||In Bruges||Canadian Guy|
|The Mentalist (TV series)||Dr. Linus Wagner||2 episodes|
|Numb3rs (TV series)||William Fraley|
|John Adams||John Dickinson|
|True Blood (TV series)||Magnus||Season 1|
|House (TV series)||Jason||Episode: "Last Resort"|
|2009||Heroes (TV series)||Emile "The Hunter" Danko|
|Big Love (TV series)||J.J.|
|2010||True Blood (TV series)||Magnus||Season 3|
|The Event (TV series)||Director of National Intelligence Blake Sterling|