Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Born: August 15, 1957
Age: 60
Birthplace: Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
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Željko Ivanek (born August 15, 1957) is a Slovenian-American actor, known for his role as Ray Fiske on Damages, 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. Since 2014, he has starred as Russell Jackson in the CBS drama Madam Secretary.


Early life and education

Ivanek was born in Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia. He emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1960, when he was 3 years old. 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, he 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.

Acting career

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 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. He currently plays Russell Jackson, Chief of Staff, in the TV series Madam Secretary. He has also portrayed a broader range of roles, however, including John Dickinson, the Pennsylvania 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.

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 includes a rider to ensure that the character Ž in "Željko" does not appear as Z in the credits.


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.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Soldier, TheThe Soldier Bombmaker
1982 Tex Hitchhiker
1982 Sender, TheThe Sender John Doe #83 / The Sender
1984 Mass Appeal Mark Dolson
1984 The Sun Also Rises Bill Gorton
1987 Rachel River Momo
1990 Artificial Paradise Willy
1991 Our Sons Donald Barnes
1992 School Ties Mr. Cleary
1996 White Squall Coast Guard Captain Sanders
1996 Courage Under Fire Ben Banacek
1996 Infinity Bill Price
1996 Associate, TheThe Associate SEC Agent Thompkins
1997 Donnie Brasco Tim Curley
1997 Julian Po Tom Potter
1998 Nowhere to Go Principal Jack Walker
1998 Civil Action, AA Civil Action Bill Crowley
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Dr. Whitman
2000 Dancer in the Dark District Attorney
2001 Hannibal Dr. Cordell Doemling
2001 Black Hawk Down Lieutenant Colonel Gary Harrell
2002 Unfaithful Detective Dean
2003 Dogville Ben
2004 Manchurian Candidate, TheThe Manchurian Candidate Vaughn Utly
2005 Manderlay Dr. Hector
2006 Hoax, TheThe Hoax Ralph Graves
2007 Ascension Day Master Travis
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Molina
2008 In Bruges Canadian Guy
2011 Tower Heist FBI Director
2012 Bourne Legacy, TheThe Bourne Legacy Dr. Donald Foite
2012 Argo Robert Pender Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2012 Seven Psychopaths Paulo Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2012 The Words Cutler
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Pentagon Scientist
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Great Performances March Hare Episode: "Alice in Wonderland"
1986 American Playhouse George Deever Episode: "All My Sons"
1987 St. Elsewhere Mark Dolson Episode: "You Again?"
1987 Echoes in the Darkness Vince Valaitis Television movie
1990 L.A. Law Joel Lassen Episode: "Bound for Glory"
1993 Law & Order Phillip Swann Episode: "American Dreams"
1993-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Ed Danvers 37 episodes
1994 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Roland Fuller / Dr. Arthur Grable Episode: "Roland"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Eddie Saunders Episode: "Home Care"
1995 Truman Eddie Jacobsen Television movie
1997-1999 Law & Order ASA Ed Danvers 2 episodes
1997 Frasier Dr. Arnold Shaw Episode: "Death and the Dog"
1997 The Practice D.A. Mark McGovern Episode: "The Civil Right"
1997 Millennium Dr. Daniel "Danny" Miller Episode: "Walkabout"
1997-2003 Oz Governor James Devlin 27 episodes
1997 Ally McBeal Judge Marshal Pink Episode: "One Hundred Tears Away"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Ken Mattingly Episode: "The Original Wives Club"
1998 Rat Pack, TheThe Rat Pack Robert F. Kennedy Television movie
2000 ER Bruce Resnick Episode: "The Dance We Do"
2000 Homicide: The Movie Ed Danvers TV film
2001 The Practice U.S Attorney Sanders Episode: "The Confession"
2002 The Practice Matthew Davies Episode: "Neighboring Species"
2002 24 Andre Drazen 15 episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone ER chief Episode: "The Lineman"
2003 The West Wing Steve Atwood 2 episodes
2004 Law & Order Mr. Capplin Episode: "Gov Love"
2004 Touching Evil Ronald Hinks Episode: "Pilot"
2005 NYPD Blue Justin Deroos Episode: "Stoli With a Twist"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Andrew Melton Episode: "Nesting Dolls"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Everett Drake Episode: "Taboo"
2006 Bones Carl Decker Episode: "The Woman in the Car"
2006 Shark Eliot Dasher 2 episodes
2006 Cold Case John Doe Episode: "One Night"
2007-2010 Damages Raymond "Ray" Fiske 16 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
2007 Lost Edmund Burke Episode: "Not in Portland"
2008-2014 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Dr. Linus Wagner 3 episodes
2008 Numbers William Fraley Episode: "When Worlds Collide"
2008 John Adams John Dickinson 2 episodes
2008-2014 True Blood Magister 5 episodes
2008 House Jason Episode: "Last Resort"
2009 Heroes Emile "The Hunter" Danko 13 episodes
2009-2010 Big Love J.J. 12 episodes
2010-2011 Event, TheThe Event Blake Sterling 22 episodes
2013 White Collar Brett Forsythe Episode: "Digging Deeper"
2012-2013 Mob Doctor, TheThe Mob Doctor Dr. Stafford White 13 episodes
2013-2014 Revolution Dr. Calvin Horn 5 episodes
2014 Banshee F.B.I. Special Agent Jim Racine/Racine 3 episodes
2014-2015 Suits Eric Woodall 4 episodes
2014 The Americans John Skeevers Episode: "Stealth"
2014-present Madam Secretary Russell Jackson 53 episodes
2015 12 Monkeys Leland Goines 2 episodes

[ Source: Wikipedia ]