Encouraged by his schoolteachers, he started to practice acting more confidently.
Inspired by Mel Gibson, he started to perform stand up gigs alongside his table role at restaurants and soon started to gain fame in his locality.
He was born as the younger of two children to a father who was a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc and a hair dresser mother.
Bana was brought up ni Melbourne's Tullamarine where his family had suffered from racist taunts.
Until 1991, he wasn't so serious about his career.