Boris Dvornik (pronounced [bôːris dʋôːrnik]; 16 April 1939 – 24 March 2008[1]) was a Croatian actor.

Boris Dvornik
Born(1939-04-16)16 April 1939
Died24 March 2008(2008-03-24) (aged 68)
Split, Croatia
EducationAcademy of Dramatic Art
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb
Years active1960–2008
Political partyHDZ (1990s)
Diana Tomić
(m. 1962)
Children2, including Dino

Biography Edit

Born in Split to the family of a carpenter, Dvornik discovered acting talent at an early age, while performing in children's plays. After studying to become an electrician, he began to pursue a full-time acting career. He studied at the National Acting School in Novi Sad and later enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Art at the University of Zagreb.

As a freshman, he was cast in the starring role of the 1960 Holocaust drama The Ninth Circle.[1] A year later, he showed his versatility by appearing in the popular comedy Martin in the Clouds. This established Dvornik as a big star of former Yugoslav cinema, comparable to Ljubiša Samardžić, Milena Dravić and Bata Živojinović; with latter he later developed a close friendship.

The zenith of Dvornik's popularity came in the 1970s with the role of Roko Prč in the cult series Naše malo misto.[1] In the 1980s, after receiving acclaim as of one of the most renowned and prolific actors of the former Yugoslavia, Dvornik mostly worked with the Croatian National Theatre in his native city of Split.[1]

Over the years Dvornik developed a close friendship with Antun Vrdoljak. He talked him into getting involved in politics and in the 1992 parliamentary election, Dvornik, as candidate of Croatian Democratic Union, was elected in the Split constituency. He soon realized that he had not the taste for politics and resigned his seat one month later. In more recent years, his career was affected by aftermath of a stroke and alcohol abuse, which manifested in a series of incidents, the most notorious being assault on a poll observer during the 2005 presidential election.[2][3][4]

Dvornik had two sons, Dean and Dino, with his wife Diana Tomić, whom he married in 1962. Their younger son Dino died five and a half months after Boris.[5][6][7]

Boris Dvornik suffered a stroke and died in Split on 24 March 2008. He was 68.[8][2][1] He was buried three days later at Lovrinac Cemetery in his hometown.[9]

Selected filmography Edit


References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Preminuo Boris Dvornik". (in Serbian). B92. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Boris Dvornik Dies". 24 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Pijani Boris Dvornik u Delnicama vrijeđao građane". (in Croatian). 1 August 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Istinite splitske ćakule o Borisu Dvorniku". Nacional (in Croatian) (479). 18 January 2005. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Dijana Dvornik: Dino je umro kao i Boris, tužan, nezadovoljan i depresivan". (in Croatian). 15 September 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. ^ Čulić, Ivana (23 March 2011). "Dijana Dvornik: Boris mi je bio muž, ljubavnik i najbolji prijatelj". Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  7. ^ Lokas, Marija (27 March 2019). "PROŠLO JE 11 GODINA OD SMRTI VELIKANA, A NJEGOVA SUPRUGA GA SE PRISJEĆA KROZ ANEGDOTE 'Boris i Dino otišli su u 6 mjeseci. Svaki dan pomislim na njih'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Umro je Boris Dvornik". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 24 March 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Tisuće ljudi na posljednjem ispraćaju Borisa Dvornika". (in Croatian). 27 March 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2020.

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