Eric Banadinović, known professionally as Eric Bana, is an Australian actor. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining notice in the comedy-drama The Castle. Soon after he gained critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywood's attention for his performance in the war film Black Hawk Down and the title character in Hulk, he has since played Hector in the movie Troy, the lead in Steven Spielberg's historical drama and political thriller Munich, Henry VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl, the villain Nero in the science-fiction film Star Trek. Bana played Henry De Tamble in The Time Traveler's Wife. In 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the following year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australia's highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father.
Bana has performed across a wide spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies and drama to science fiction and action films. Bana was born in Melbourne, Australia, his father Ivan was Croatian, born in Zagreb, worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar Inc. and his German mother, was a hairdresser from near Mannheim in Germany. He has Anthony. Bana grew up in Melbourne's Tullamarine, a suburban area on the northern edge of the city, near Melbourne's international airport, attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. In a cover story for The Mail on Sunday, he told author Antonella Gambotto-Burke that his family had suffered from racist taunts, that it had distressed him. "Wog is such a terrible word," he said. He has stated: "I have always been proud of my origin, which had a big influence on my upbringing. I have always been in the company of people of European origin". Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfather's walk and mannerisms.
In school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max, decided he wanted to become an actor. However, he did not consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try comedy while working as a barman at Melbourne's Castle Hotel, his stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him with enough income to support himself, however, so he continued his work as a barman and waiting tables. In 1993, Bana made his television debut on Tonight Live, his performance gained the attention of producers from the sketch comedy series, Full Frontal, who invited him to join the show as a writer and performer. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material, based some of his characters on members of his family, his impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise made Bana popular with the show's audience. This success led him to record the comedy album Out of Bounds in 1994 and to host his own television special, titled Eric, in 1996.
The show, a collection of sketches featuring everyday characters, prompted him to launch a sketch comedy series The Eric Bana Show. The series and performed by Bana, featured skits, stand-up and celebrity guests, but failed to attract a substantial audience and was cancelled after only eight episodes due to low ratings. So, in 1997, he received a Logie Award for "Most Popular Comedy Personality" for his work on the show; that same year, Bana made his film debut in the Australian film The Castle, which tells the story of a Melbourne-based family's struggles to keep their home by Melbourne's airport as the airport authority force them to move. He was featured in a supporting role as Con Petropoulous, a kickboxing accountant, the householder's son-in-law; the Castle was a surprise critical and financial success, earning A$10,326,428 at the box office in Australia. In 1997, in spite of his lack of experience in dramatic roles, Bana was approached by director Andrew Dominik to appear in the film Chopper, a biographical film based on the life of infamous Australian criminal Chopper Read.
Dominik had been working on the project for five years, but was unable to find an actor to portray Read. Only after Read himself suggested Bana, having seen him perform a skit on television, did Dominik consider him for the part. For the role, Bana shaved his head, gained thirty pounds, spent two days with Read to perfect his mimicry. During filming he arrived on set at four in the morning and spent five hours being covered in Read's trademark tattoos. In spite of the film's limited release outside of Australia, Bana's performance received positive reviews. American film critic Roger Ebert complimented Bana, stating that "in a comedian named Eric Bana the filmmakers have found, I think, a future star... He has a quality no acting school can teach you and few actors can match. You cannot look away from him". Chopper was a critical and financial success in Australia, was nominated for Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2001. Bana's performance won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor.
In 2001, director Ridley Scott cast Bana as an American soldier in the film Black Hawk Down. Scott, with a recommendation from Russell Crowe and impressed by Bana's performance in Chopper, did not require him to audition. In the film, he played Sergeant First Class Norm'Hoot' Hooten, an elite Delta Force soldier, who figh
For the Irish-American pirate, see John Vidal. John Emilio Vidale is an American-born seismologist who specializes in examining seismograms to explore features within the Earth, he received the American Geophysical Union's James B. Macelwane Medal in 1994. Vidale was born in Philadelphia, United States, studied physics and geology and obtained his Ph. D. from Caltech in 1987. He held research positions at UC Santa Cruz and the USGS, until he joined UCLA in 1995. In 2006, he moved to Seattle to direct the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. In 2014, he became a project leader for the UW's M9 project, launched with the goal of preparing the region for the anticipated Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, he was a Gutenberg Fellow at Caltech and a Gilbert Fellow of the USGS. Vidale received AGU's Macelwane Medal, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He studied the relation of Earth tides and earthquakes - finding only the strongest tides noticeably effect the timing of earthquakes, earthquake swarms - finding they are a more general phenomenon than he suspected, the inner core - discovering high-frequency seismic waves scattered therein that offer a second line of evidence it is rotating about 0.2 degrees per year, the stronger than expected healing of fault zones after an earthquake, various details of the seismic structure of the mantle.
Vidale contributed an improved method of ray tracing which relied on a finite-difference approximation of the eikonal equation and, used in both earthquake and reflection seismology. UW web page, including links to PDFs of 80 or so reviewed papers UCLA web page
Julius Janonis was a Lithuanian poet and writer. Born to a family of poor peasants, he began writing and translating poems at the age of 14. Learning from Maironis, he wrote about suffering of the poor, his first poems were published in 1912. While still a student, he began contributing articles to Lithuanian press and joined activities of leftist aušrininkai, he was a social-democrat but leaned more and more towards communism and his poetry became more and more political agitation. His views become more radical when during World War I he evacuated to Voronezh and Petrograd, he joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party and was imprisoned twice for revolutionary activities. He contracted tuberculosis and, unwilling to become a burden, committed suicide at age 21. In the Lithuanian SSR, Janonis was hailed as the "first poet of the proletariat". Janonis was born in Beržiniai near Biržai in Russian Empire, his parents belonged to the Lithuanian Evangelical Reformed Church. In 1911, the family moved to the nearby Mieleišiai village where his parents rented 10 hectares of land.
His mother taught her children basic reading skills. Janonis was gifted and so his parents sent him to a Russian-language primary school in Biržai in autumn 1906, his older siblings, brother Mykolas and sister Marija, did not attend school due to financial difficulties. The distance from home to school was about 13 kilometres and so he lived with a bell-ringer of the Evangelical Reformed Church. In autumn 1909, Janonis began classes at a four-year progymnasium in Biržai. According to his classmates, he was serious, kept to himself, was nicknamed Solomon for his intelligence, he always struggled financially. He earned a little money by copying texts for Stanislovas Dagilis when he prepared a new hymnal for publication. Once, when Janonis could not afford proper shoes, his classmates collected enough money to buy him a pair. Janonis began writing in 1910, he translated Latvian folk songs on poor orphans hired by local peasants as well as poems by Alexander Pushkin and Aleksey Koltsov. His first poems were published in 1912 in Lietuvos žinios.
He sent them to the Lithuanian Scientific Society. At the time, there were two major camps of Lithuanian activist – more conservative Catholic ateitininkai and more progressive leftist aušrininkai. Janonis joined activities of aušrininkai with a group of students at his school that held informal gatherings were they shared and discussed books and periodicals. In 1913, he attended a conference of aušrininkai organized in Šiauliai. Janonis participated in cultural society Lyra that organized occasional folk theater performances. With assistance from doctor Mykolas Kuprevičius and attorney Kazimieras Venclauskis and a small stipend from Žiburėlis, Janonis continued his education and aušrininkai activities at Šiauliai Gymnasium in 1913, he was a social-democrat but leaned more towards communism. He not only contributed articles to Vilnis but helped with its distribution in Šiauliai. According to memoirs of Karolis Požela, who became a communist leader in Lithuania, during one of his visits to Mitau, Janonis delivered a lecture on the need of a socialist revolution to Lithuanian students at the Mitau Gymnasium inspiring Požela.
In 1914, he edited almanac Nauju taku which included works by Janonis, Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas, Balys Sruoga. World War I started in summer 1914, cultural activities were curtailed. Janonis wrote anti-war works. On 15 April 1915, Germans captured the gymnasium dispersed. Janonis evacuated to Vilnius and Voronezh where a special Lithuanian gymnasium was opened by Martynas Yčas. There he was roommate with Butkų Juzė. Janonis was elected to the three-member presidium of aušrininkai organization and to editors of its hectographed newspaper Sūkurys. However, the organization did not support revolutionary socialism and Janonis left in protest. In early 1916, he departed to Petrograd. In Pertrograd, Janonis enrolled at the XII Gymnasium and joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. For the revolutionary work, he was imprisoned in the Kresty Prison. Released, he traveled to Tartu where he met with Vladas Rekašius, he once again was arrested and imprisoned in Vitebsk. He was freed after the February Revolution but his health was failing.
He returned to Petrograd where he worked on publishing Tiesa. He was a press correspondent at the 7th Congress of the Russian Communist Party. In spring 1917, he passed. Not wanting to be a burden, he committed suicide by jumping in front of a train halfway between Petrograd and Pushkin; as a suicide victim, he was buried outside a cemetery in Pushkin. In the early 1960s, it was decided to rebury him at the center of the cemetery. Janonis is known as a poet, he learned poetry from older Lithuanian poets Stanislovas Dagilis and Maironis. His early poems were about nature, personal feelings, suffering of the poor, he became a political agitator calling for the removal of the current regime. According to literary critic Vytautas Kubilius, "he combined precise detail and concrete imagery with intense lyricism and the energy of