Zeljko Ivanek is an actor and producer from the United States. Debuting in the industry from a small role in 1981, he has been able to prove himself being a successful actor from his numerous role in films and TV Shows.

The actor is best known for his extraordinary performance as Ray Fiske on Damages. Ivanek has even been nominated for three Tony Awards. Now, let’s go deep into his biography.

Quick Facts
ProfessionActor, Producer
Birth DateAugust 15, 1957
Birth PlaceLjubljana, Slovenia
Star SignLeo
SpouseGreg Pierce
Net Worth$4 million
Height5 feet 6 inches (1.7 m)

Early Life 

Zeljko Ivanek was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on August 15, 1957. He is born under the zodiac sign of Leo. In 1960, he immigrated to America with his parents but again returned to Slovenia after two years. 

He graduated from Palo Alto’s Ellwood P. Cubberley High School in 1975. In 1978, Ivanek certified from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in theater and proceeded to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has been in community plays since he was young and a teenager. 


In 1981, he made his very first television debut with a small role, and throughout the rest of the decade, he appeared in various guest appearances on different series. Even though most people couldn’t pronounce Zeljko Ivanek’s name, he made an everlasting image every time he came on screen.

He was also a well-known stage actor who appeared in several award-winning plays, including The Pillow man, Brighton Beach Memoirs, etc. Playing in several main and regular TV shows such as Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz in the 1990s, he just got well-known in the 2000s. 

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Ivanek has played cunning and wicked characters in three-piece suits in over 20 feature films and television shows. His performances in several films made him a worldwide star, and he received numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award in 2008 and even a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2018. Besides, he also hosted the 35th Anniversary NAMI Event.

Relationship Status

Zeljko Ivanek has a low profile when it comes to his personal life. But it wasn’t until 2012 that Zeljka revealed being in a relationship with a partner, even stating that they spent six months per year in New York.

Greg Pierce, a playwright from the United States, is known to be his partner. However, the beginnings of the couple’s romance are unknown and not available on any other relevant sites too. 

Greg did say that his uncle David Hyde Pierce was the one who introduced the two. The talented couple, on the other hand, has remained tight-lipped about their marital intentions.

Social media

Though he isn’t directly associated with his official social media accounts, Zeljko can see much news of him present on social sites. His many fans follow him, but the actor is quite low in being updated with the fans. However, you can see many hashtags present on Instagram, Twitter, and his news on Youtube.

Net Worth

His acting career has paid off handsomely for him. He has almost 100 acting credits to his name. The Damages actor has been able to earn massive fans along with earning a wise amount of money, from TV Shows and Movies. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an estimated net worth of around $4 million, as of 2021.

Physical appearance 

Ivanek is around 5 feet 6 inches (1.7 m) tall. His hair color is black, whereas his eyes are blue. Furthermore, he is concerned about his physical health. As a result, he has a slim body structure and an amazing personality.

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