Željko Ivanek
Russell Jackson in MADAM SECRETARY

Hometown: Ljubljana

Birthday: August 15

September 2019

Željko Ivanek is well known to audiences for his numerous film, stage and television roles, including his Emmy Award-winning performance in the legal thriller “Damages” and his series regular roles in “The Event” and “The Mob Doctor.”

On television, he had recurring roles in the series “Banshee,” “Revolution,” “True Blood,” “Big Love,” “Heroes,” “24,” “Oz” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He has guest-starred on “The Mentalist,” “Cold Case” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” on the Network, “Lost,” “ER,” “Law & Order,” “Frasier,” “The West Wing,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” “The Practice” and “The X-Files,” among many others. Additionally, he appeared in many television movies and mini-series, including “The Reagans,” “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal,” on the Network, “John Adams,” “Dash and Lilly,” “The Rat Pack,” “Truman,” “Our Sons,” “The Sun Also Rises,” “Echoes in the Darkness” and “All My Sons.”

On Broadway, Ivanek received Tony Award nominations for his roles in “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” “Two Shakespearean Actors” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” His additional Broadway credits include “The Pillowman,” “The Glass Menagerie” and “Loot.” Off-Broadway, he appeared in “A Map of the World,” “Cloud 9,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “Hamlet.” Additionally, he appeared in “Bash,” at the Almeida in London, and “Master Haroldand the Boys,” at the Yale Repertory, in which he originated the role of Hally.

Ivanek’s film roles include “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “Argo,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “In Bruges,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “The Hoax,” “Manderlay,” “Dogville,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Unfaithful,” “Hannibal,” “Dancer in the Dark,” “A Civil Action,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Courage Under Fire,” “White Squall,” “School Ties” and “Mass Appeal,” among many others.

Ivanek was born in the former Yugoslavia, in Ljubljana, the capital of what is now Slovenia, and currently resides in New York City. He is a graduate of Yale University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His birthday is August 15.