Imagine the lawyer/prosecutor/accountant you'd most dread seeing across the table from you. Okay, got it? It's this guy, isn't it? I know-freaky, right?
Željko Ivanek is a Slovenian-American actor and graduate of Yale who’s usually the best thing in whatever he’s in. He initially started off typecast as a nice guy, most notably Ed Danvers in Homicide Life On The Street
. Tired of playing good guys, he asked his agent to get him more villainous roles. The agent was more than obliging.
A familiar face on television due to his long-term portrayals of characters such as Governor James Devlin in Oz
and Andre Drazen in the first season of 24
, he’s enjoyed a profile boost after winning an Emmy for his portrayal of Ray Fiske on the critically acclaimed Damages
. He tends to make even the smallest role somehow memorable, and has had recurring stints on Heroes
, True Blood
, and Big Love
, not to mention his role as a regular on The Event
. Although the show suffered from many problems, Ivanek was a compelling presence.
- Fake American: He was born in Slovenia (when it was part of Yugoslavia), and spent many of his early years there before his family settled in the US and became a citizen.
- He Really Can Act: His bigger roles tend to elicit this reaction.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: A patron saint of this trope. IMDB lists him in 94 roles, about half of them are brief stints in high-end TV-Series.
- Insistent Terminology: His contracts specifically state that the caron (also called hacek) has to be over the Z in his name in any credits on a show or movie.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor
- One-Scene Wonder
- Playing Against Type: In Heroes. It's very rare to see him playing an action heavy role and he played it extremely well.
- Smug Snake: His trademark appearance. One of the smuggest around and all the better for it.