Ştefan Bănică, Jr.

Ştefan Bănică, Jr. (born October 18, 1967 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian entertainer (actor/singer, the son of actor Ştefan Bănică. His claim to fame is a string of teen flicks ("Liceenii", [IMDb, [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134786/ "Liceenii" on IMDb] ] "Liceenii Rock'n'Roll" [IMDb, [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150912/ "Liceenii Rock'n'Roll" on IMDb] ] ). He also acted in a TV series airing in 2005 on ProTV, named "Băieţi buni" [IMDb, [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446815/ "Băieţi buni" on IMDb] ] ("Goodfellas") in which he plays the villain mobster character, "Ciupanezu".

In 2005, Bănică played the role of Billy Flynn in a Romanian version of the Chicago musical (based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins) on the stage of the National Theatre in Bucharest.

He released several music albums (marketed as rock'n'roll), and his concerts are often sellouts.

In January 2006 he married television producer and show host Andreea Marin Bănică.

Discography

Characters in theater

*Himself – Drum spre adevăr / The Way towards the Truth, by N. Munteanu, staged by Adriana Popovici, 1987, Students' Theater Casandra
*Nae Girimea – D`ale carnavalului / Carnaval stories, by Ion Luca Caragiale, staged by Ion Cojar, 1989, Students' Theater Casandra
*Algernon – Bună seara, d-le Wilde! / Good evening, Mr. Wilde!, by Oscar Wilde, staged by Ion Cojar, 1989, Students' Theater Casandra
*Luca – Maidanul cu dragoste / Love on a maydan, by G.M. Zamfirescu, staged by Grigore Gonţa, 1990, The Small Theater
*Sir Persant - Merlin, by Tankred Dorst, staged by Cătălina Buzoianu, 1991, Bulandra Theater
*Melchior – Deşteptarea primăverii / Spring Awakening, by Frank Wedekind, staged by Liviu Ciulei, 1991, Bulandra Theater
*Demetrius – "Visul unei nopti de vară" / "A Midsummer Night's Dream", by William Shakespeare, staged by Liviu Ciulei, 1992, Bulandra Theater
*Florizel –" Poveste de iarnă" / "The Winter's Tale", by William Shakespeare, staged by Alexandru Darie, 1994, Bulandra Theater
*Ionel - Domnişoara Nastasia / Missis Nastasia, by G.M. Zamfirescu, staged by Horea Popescu, 1996, Teatrul Odeon
*Paul Bratter – Desculţi în parc / "Barefoot in the Park", by Neil Simon, staged by Dinu Manolache, 1996, Comedy Theater- 1997, The Small Theater
*Mr. White - Black & White, by Watherhouse & Hall, staged by Florian Pittiş, 1997, Bulandra Theater
*Laertes - "Hamlet", by William Shakespeare, staged by Liviu Ciulei, 2000, Bulandra Theater
*Feste, clown – "A douasprezecea noapte"/"Twelfth Night", by William Shakespeare, staged by Gelu Colceag, 2003, Comedy Theater
*Billy Flynn, the lawyer - Chicago written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, staged by Ricard Reguant Molinos, 2005, National Theatre Bucharest

Movies

Ştefan Bănică, Jr. has played in several movies for cinema or TV. One of these movies, "The teenagers", was very popular with his generation of viewers.
*Eroii nu au vârstă / Ageless heroes – TV serial, staged by M. Constantinescu, 1984 (character: Guriţă)
*Liceenii / Teenagers – staged by Nicolae Corjos, 1986 (character: Mihai)
*Extemporal la dirigenţie / Essay at – staged by Nicolae Corjos, 1987 (character: Mihai)
*O călătorie de neuitat / Un unforgettable journey – TV serial, staged by Geo Saizescu, 1988 (character: Ion)
*Liceenii rock`n roll / Rock'n roll teenagers – staged by Nicolae Corjos, 1990 (character: Mihai)
*Templul tăcerii / The Temple of silence – staged by George Busecan, 1992 (character: Alec)
*Triunghiul morţii / Triangle of death – staged by Sergiu Nicolaescu, 1998 (character: Franz)
*Sexi harem Ada-Kaleh / Ada-Kaleh sexy harem – staged by Mircea Mureşan, 1999 (character: Gicu)
*Proprietari de stele / Star's owners – staged by Savel Stiopu, 1999 (character: Dan)
*Băieţi buni / Goodfellas – TV serial, 2005 (character: Ciupanezu')

Television

*Children's programs
*Entertainment shows on all TV channels (TVR 1, TVR 2, ANTENA 1, TELE 7abc, PRO TV, PRIMA TV)
*10 TV Shows – duo Popeasca & Bănică (TVR, ANTENA 1, PRO TV)
*Participation to all the high rated shows on all the TV channels
*Introducer and host of the show competition "21" (TVR)
*Advertising and publicity (DERO) 1999-2003
*Stage manager, introducer and composer of the sound track “Dansez pentru tine / I will dance for you” (PRO TV) 2006 Currently, Bănică is the host and the director of the Romanian implementation of a very popular TV show in the whole world, “Dancing with the star”, on PRO TV.

Radio

*Broadcasting radio theater
*Boemii / The Bohemians - staged by Ion Vova Introducer and producer of the shows:
*Ness Caffe Brasero (RADIO 21)- 1996-1998;
*Bonsoir (Radio ROMANTIC)- 2000-2002

Written Media

Numerous apparitions on the magazine covers: VIVA, PREŢUL SUCCESULUI, TV MANIA, SALUT, APROPO TV, CARIERE, MASCULIN, TABU, PRIVIREA

Music

Composer, text writer, arranger of musical works, with the accompaniament of The 50s vocal group and Rock’n’roll band (formed in 1994). Although his style of interpretation, mannerism and appearance is associated mostly with Elvis Presley's, Ştefan Bănică, Jr.'s "author" songs "borrow" heavily from other artists as well—Shakin' Stevens, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Buddy Holly, to name but a few. In spite of the obvious and very strong musical influences, Bănică Jr. insistently disassociates himself from the sources he uses for inspiration, and promotes himself aggressively as an original entertainer.

Ten author disks

*"Un actor/ un rock’n’roll / An actor / a rock'n'roll” – audio tape, 1992, DRĂGAN MUSIC
*"Te rock...frumos / I rock you... nicely” – CD and audio tape, 1996, ROTON
*"Cel de acum / The one from now” – CD and audio tape, 2000, MEDIAPRO MUSIC
*"Doar un Crăciun cu tine / Only one Christmas with you” – CD and audio tape, 2000, MEDIAPRO MUSIC
*"De dragoste... in toate felurile / Of love... in all ways” – CD and audio tape, 2001, CAT MUSIC
*"Stefan Bănică jr. în concert / Concert with Stefan Bănică jr.” – CD and audio tape 2003, CAT MUSIC
*"Zori de zi / Sunrise” – CD and audio tape, 2003, CAT MUSIC
*"Numele tău / Your name” – CD and audio tape, 2005, CAT MUSIC
*"Duete / Duets” – CD and audio tape, 2005, CAT MUSIC
*"Impreuna / Together” – CD and audio tape, 2007, ROTON
*"Concert extraordinar Ştefan Bănică jr live la Sala Palatului / Extraordinary concert Ştefan Bănică jr live at Sala Palatului“ - DVD, 2004, PRO Video

Music Videos

*Te iubesc ca un bleg / I love you like a fool, staged by Ştefan Bănică jr, 1990- album “Un actor/un rock’n’roll / An actor / a rock'n'roll”
*Rodica, staged by Ştefan Bănică jr, 1997- album “Te rock...frumos / I rock you... nicely”
*Poveste / Story, staged by Petre Nastase, 2000- album “ Cel de acum /The one now”
*Doar un Crăciun cu tine / Only a Christmas with you, staged by Petre Nastase, 2000- album “Doar un Crăciun cu tine / Only a Christmas with you”
*Mi-e dor de ochii tăi / I miss your eyes, staged by Petre Nastase, 2001- album “Cel de acum / The one from now”
*Găseşte-mi loc în inima ta / Find me a place in your heart, staged by Bogdan Toader, 2001- album “ De dragoste...în toate felurile / Of love... in all ways”
*Te iubesc, femeie / I love you, woman, staged by Bogdan Toader & Ştefan Bănică jr, 2002- album “Of love... in all ways”
*Ăsta-s eu / That's me, staged by Bogdan Toader & Ştefan Bănică jr, 2002- album “Of love... in all ways”
*Încă o zi / One more day, staged by Bogdan Toader & Ştefan Bănică jr, 2002- album “Of love... in all ways”
*Poveste Rock'n'Roll / Rock'n'Roll Story, staged by Bogdan Toader, 2003- album “Ştefan Bănică jr în concert / Concert with Ştefan Bănică jr”
*Vorbe-n vânt / It's will all talk, staged by Bogdan Toader & Ştefan Bănică jr, 2003- bonus track album “Zori de zi / Sunrise”
*Am s-o aştept mereu / I will wait for her always, staged by Dragoş Buliga, 2003- album “Zori de zi / Sunrise”
*Iubeşte-o sincer / Love her sincerely, staged by Dragoş Buliga, 2004- album “Zori de zi / Sunrise”
*Veta, staged by Bogdan Toader & Ştefan Bănică jr, 2004- album “Zori de zi / Sunrise”
*Doar o dată-i Crăciunul / Only once it's Christmas, staged by Bogdan Toader & Ştefan Bănică jr, 2004- bonus track album “Zori de zi / Sunrise”
*Numele tău / Your name, staged by Eduardo Vasquez, 2005- album “Numele tău / Your name”
*Cum am ajuns sa te iubesc / How did I ended up loving you, staged by Petre Nastase, 2006- album “Duete / Duets”
*Toata lumea danseaza / Everybody dances, 2007 - album "Zori de zi / Sunrise"
*S-o facem lata / Let's go wild, 2007 - album "Impreuna / Together"

CERTSCON

Stefan PRs' boast impressive numbers related to the entertainer's live performances given from 1993 onwards:
*over one thousand gigs across the country;
*over a hundred thousands spectators who bought tickets at his concerts;

From 1994 till present date, he already performed in 16 concerts advertised as “sold out” at Sala Palatului, a very well known concert hall in Bucharest
*1994 - ÎNTRE PRIETENI / AMONGST FRIENDS
*1994 - ROCK'N'ROLL ÎNTRE PRIETENI / ROCK'N'ROLL AMONGST FRIENDS (2 concerts)
*1995 - GALELE 7ABC / THE GALAS 7 ABC
*2001 – DERO CK'N'ROLL – POVESTEA UNEI SERI DE MAI / DERO CK'N'ROLL – EVENING STORY ON MAY
*2002 - GĂSEŞTE-MI LOC ÎN INIMA TA / FIND ME A PLACE IN YOUR HEART (2 concerts)
*2002 - ÎNCĂ O ZI / ONE MORE DAY
*2003 - ZORI DE ZI / SUNRISE (2 concerts)
*2004 - DOAR O DATĂ-I CRĂCIUNUL / ONLY ONCE IT'S CHRISTMAS (3 concerts)
*2005 - DUETE DE CRĂCIUN / DUETS AT CHRISTMAS (3 concerts)
*2006 - CONCERT EXTRAORDINAR DE CRACIUN / EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS CONCERT (3 concerts)
*2007 - IMPREUNA DE CRACIUN / TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS (4 concerts)

Live concerts broadcasted on television

*Recital “Festivalul Mamaia / Mamaia Festival”- 1992, 2002, 2004 (TVR);
*Recital “Cerbul de Aur“ – 1997, 2003 (TVR);
*“Galele Tele7abc / The Galas of Tele 7 abc“- 1995, 1998 (Tele 7 abc) ;
*“Camel Planet“- 1997 (TVR) ;
*“Povestea unei seri de mai / Evening story on may“ – 2001 (ANTENA1);
*“Găseşte-mi loc în inima ta / Find me a place in your heart“- 2002 (PRIMA TV);
*“Ăsta-s eu / That's me“ - 2002 (ANTENA1);
*“Vorbe-n vânt / It's will all talk“- 2003 (ANTENA 1)

Christmas concerts

Every year since 2002, Ştefan Bănică, Jr. has performed in popular and heavily advertised Christmas Concerts in Romania. They are often barely disguised re-enactments (in terms of setup and structure, stage costumes, mannerism, interpretation, interaction with the audience, etc.) of Elvis Presley's concerts, particularly the 1968 Special Comeback and TTWII.

Awards

*1987 - ACIN award for interpretation (for the character Mihai in the movie "Liceenii / The Teenagers")
*1995 – The best entertainment TV show - "Ceaiul de la ora 5 / Five o'clock tea"
*1998 – The best TV satiric musical duo - Popeasca & Bănică, Moftul român / Romanian mood
*1999 – The prize Big duos of the small screens - Popeasca & Bănică
*1999 – The best rock singer, District-Dialog
*2000 – First place, pop music section, Mamaia Festiva
*2001 – The best pop-rock album - “De dragoste...în toate felurile / Of love... in all ways“, Prizes of the Romanian Music Industry
*2002 – First place, pop music section, Mamaia Festiva
*2002 – The best singer, Radio Romania
*2002 – The artist of the year, Radio Romania
*2002 – The most loved singer, Radio Bucharest
*2002 – The most loved singer, Surprise, Surprise / Surprises, Surprises, TVR
*2002 - Double Golden Disc and Platinum Disc - „De dragoste... în toate felurile / Of love... in all ways”
*2003 – TV K Lumea prize
*2003 – The best singer, Radio Romania
*2003 – The year star, Music actuality
*2004 – The best solo music performer, MTV Romania Musical Awards
*2004 – The most loved singer, Surprise, Surprise / Surprises, Surprises, TVR
*2004 – Order Rank of Knight, Presidency of Romania
*2004 - Golden Disc - „Zori de zi / Dawn”
*2005 – The most loved pop, rock, dance group - Ştefan Bănică jr. and Rock'n'roll Band – prize received within the show of "Cei mai iubiţi / The most loved", TVR
*2005 – The most popular song of the year 2005 - Veta – prize received within the show "Cei mai iubiţi / The most loved", TVR
*2006 – The best solo musical performer - Ştefan Bănică jr. ("Numele tău / Your name") - MTV Romania Musical Awards

Notes

External links

* [http://www.stefanbanicajr.ro/ Official site]
* [http://www.stefanbanicajr.go.ro Unofficial site]
* [http://www.stefanbanica-jr.narod.ru Unofficial site]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0052008/ Ştefan Bănică, Jr. on IMDb] .


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