Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Aleks Paunovic knew from an early age that he was destined to tell stories; whether it was with his fists as an amateur boxing champion, with his instrument as a musician, or in the truest form of storytelling: acting.
A skilled athlete with razor sharp focus—not to mention a descendant of three champion boxers—it’s no surprise that he acquired his first taste of success in the boxing ring. That drive and determination coupled with his love of living on the edge led to a successful career as a stunt actor. Though Paunovic was gifted in his physical abilities he was also a man of the arts, and exercised his love for music as a member of a rock band—where he was “discovered” while performing on stage. It was there where he was asked to audition for the HBO movie Heads, and as fate would have it he landed his first acting role and set forth to take Hollywood by storm.
Portraying a myriad of roles on both screens big and small, Paunovic has brought forth his unique skill set and chameleon-like talent to transform himself into each character he plays. Whether it is a developmentally disabled man accused of murder in Personal Effects (opposite Kathy Bates, Ashton Kutcher, and Michelle Pfeiffer) or as an overzealous karate dad opposite Tom Hardy in This Means War, Paunovic truly takes each role to a new level further conditioning and developing his craft.
Paunovic most recently starred as Winter opposite Andy Serkis in the summer blockbuster War For the Planet of the Apes. Additionally, he has appeared in numerous television series such as Zoo, Supernatural, Continuum, iZombie, The 100, Once Upon a Time, and Smallville, among many others.
Currently Paunovic stars as the the no nonsense vampire Julius in Syfy’s hit series Van Helsing, as well as appearing in BBC America’s Dirk Gently. With no intention of slowing down any time soon Paunovic will return to the silver screen in 2018 opposite Keanu Reeves in Siberia, and in Hard Powder opposite Liam Neeson.
Paunovic resides in Vancouver and Los Angeles.