Favorite TV MDs
By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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Goran Visnjic "ER" (1999-2009)
Pre-Op: The tall, rangy 36-year-old actor appeared in plays as a youngster and made his film debut at age 16 in a Yugoslavian movie. After a stint with the Croatian Army, he attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and became the youngest actor to play the role of "Hamlet" in the Dubrovnik Summer Theatre Festival. He went on to play the role during the summer for seven years. He had small roles in "The Peacemaker," "Committed" and "Practical Magic." But it was his role as a Bosnian driver in "Welcome to Sarajevo" that led to him being cast on "ER."
Scrubs: As Dr. Luka Kovac, Visnjic took over the reins as series heartthrob when George Clooney left. He kept busy during his off hours while on "ER," appearing in films such as "The Deep End." He was even a finalist to play James Bond. Visnjic's indie flick "Helen" debuted at Sundance in 2009 and he recently starred alongside Anna Paquin in the television drama "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler."