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DR. LUKA KOVAC, Attending ER Physician: Dr. Luka Kovac is a Croatian physician who moonlights in the emergency room.

Goran Visnjic joined the cast of NBC's "ER" last season, playing the role of Dr. Luka Kovac, a Croatian physician.

Visnjic grew up in a town off the Adriatic Sea in his native Croatia, where he decided at an early age that he wanted to be an actor. He first performed in local theatre groups and then entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He gained popularity in Croatia when, at the age of 21, he was cast as Hamlet in the prestigious Dubrovnik Summer Festival's staging of Shakespeare's play. The production received rave reviews, with Visnjic's own performance earning him three national Best Actor awards, including the Orlando (the Croatian equivalent of a Tony).

His additional theatre credits include "Les Fourberies de Scapin," "L'Ecole des Femmes," "Miss Julie," "Ivanov," "The Brothers Karamazov" and "Le Baruffe Chiozotte."

During his summer hiatus, Visnjic completed the independent film "The Deep End" opposite Tilda Swinton. He can also be seen in Miramax's "Committed," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opposite Heather Graham. His other film credits include "Practical Magic," in which he starred opposite Nicole Kidman, and "The Peacemaker," also with Kidman as well as former "ER" star George Clooney. He has starred in three Croatian feature films and made his American motion picture debut in the critically acclaimed drama "Welcome to Sarajevo."

In his leisure time, Visnjic enjoys fencing, swimming and diving. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ivana, and his birthday is September 9.