Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


As Yugoslavia began to dissolve, Visnjic was serving a year-long tour of duty with the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA). But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that led then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. While starring on ER, Visnjic also worked on other projects.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


Visnjic was born in the Dalmatian coastal city of Sibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. He appeared in plays throughout his childhood and made his screen debut at age 16 in the controversial Yugoslav film Braca po materi (1988), playing a young Ustasa. in the same episode, he demonstrated his skill in another Shakespeare-related hobby by fencing with Noah Wyle’s character, Dr. John Carter. But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

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He is best known for his role as Dr. Luka Kovac in the hit television series ER. He left the JNA and returned to Sibenik, where he joined the nascent Croatian Army in defending his hometown against JNA-supported Krajina Serbs. He portrayed the doomed prince for seven years from 1994 to 2000, winning several Orlando Awards (the equivalent of the Tony Award). But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. Visnjic made a series of appearances in season 14 before leaving the show early in season 15, ending his 9 year run on the medical drama.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


He is best known for his role as Dr. Luka Kovac in the hit television series ER. He appeared in plays throughout his childhood and made his screen debut at age 16 in the controversial Yugoslav film Braca po materi (1988), playing a young Ustasa. Originally cast as Laertes and understudy to Hamlet, he took over the role when the star dropped out of the production shortly before the first performance. Prior to ER, Visnjic had small speaking roles in films such as The Peacemaker, Committed and Practical Magic. But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. Visnjic joined ER in the sixth season in late 1999, eventually becoming the show’s male lead in mid-season 11. He appeared with Jennifer Garner in the 2005 movie Elektra.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


Goran Visnjic ( /’vi:?nji:t?/ vish-nyich; Croatian: ; born September 9, 1972) is a Croatian actor who has appeared in American and British films and television productions. He has one older brother, Josko. But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. While starring on ER, Visnjic also worked on other projects. in 2004, he starred in the television miniseries Spartacus and the Croatian movie and television series Duga mracna noc. He appeared with Jennifer Garner in the 2005 movie Elektra. Visnjic recently completed a role in the Mike Mills independent film Beginners alongside Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


He is best known for his role as Dr. Luka Kovac in the hit television series ER. Now credited as Goran Visnjic in his English-language work, he adopted the simplified spelling of his name when he came to the United States in the late ’90s, believing it would be more accessible to American audiences. He appeared in plays throughout his childhood and made his screen debut at age 16 in the controversial Yugoslav film Braca po materi (1988), playing a young Ustasa. He portrayed the doomed prince for seven years from 1994 to 2000, winning several Orlando Awards (the equivalent of the Tony Award). But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. Visnjic made a series of appearances in season 14 before leaving the show early in season 15, ending his 9 year run on the medical drama. While starring on ER, Visnjic also worked on other projects.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


Originally cast as Laertes and understudy to Hamlet, he took over the role when the star dropped out of the production shortly before the first performance. in the same episode, he demonstrated his skill in another Shakespeare-related hobby by fencing with Noah Wyle’s character, Dr. John Carter. Prior to ER, Visnjic had small speaking roles in films such as The Peacemaker, Committed and Practical Magic. But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. in 2004, he starred in the television miniseries Spartacus and the Croatian movie and television series Duga mracna noc.

Goran Visnjic But It Was Visnjics Breakout Role As Risto The Bosnian Driver In

Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic
Goran Visnjic


His father, Zeljko Visnjic, was a bus driver, and his mother, Milka, worked in a food market. But it was Visnjic’s break-out role as Risto, the Bosnian driver in Welcome to Sarajevo that lead then-producer Jack Orman to offer him the role of the then unnamed doctor who would replace the departing George Clooney on ER. in 2008, Visnjic starred in the film Helen alongside Ashley Judd as Judd’s character’s husband David in the drama, which made its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.