Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
June 29, 1969
Aleks Paunovic was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 29th 1969. His mother is croatian and his father serbian. He started his professional acting career while partaking in his other two passions, boxing and music. Aleks was playing in a rock band and while on stage he got asked to audition for the HBO movie Heads. After getting his first job, on his first audition, the acting bug bit him hard. Aleks then started to write a sci-fi series with a good friend that lived in Vancouver. After garnering some attention in Hollywood he dropped everything in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver to pursue not only a writing career, but diving right into his new passion of acting.
Aleks Paunovic is seen in numerous highly acclaimed science fiction TV shows like Battlestar Gallactica, Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural, Smallville and Eureka. His favorite part was the role of Sergeant Omar Fischer in Battlestar Gallactica because not only is his best friend Tahmoh Penikett on the show, but also he got to play a role where he could utilize his boxing experience for his character, and be the boxing coordinator on a few episodes. He was also Canadian amateur boxing champion.
In 2014 he starred in Personal Effects alongside Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfieffer, and Kathy Bates, in one of the most challenging roles he's ever done. His character is a developmentally disabled man that's put on trial for the murder of Ashton Kutcher's on-screen sister. Aleks had to put on 65 pounds of 'pizza and ice cream' for this role.
- He is of Croatian and Serbian descent.
- He was the Canadian champion in amateur boxing.
- He is best friends with Tahmoh Penikett from Battlestar Galactica.
- He had to put on 65 pounds of 'pizza and ice cream' fat for the role of Tom in Personal Effects.
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