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Born: July 30, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lithuania Profession: actor

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A frequently seen Hollywood character player of comedies as well as crime and barrio dramas, Pepe Serna may be best recalled by moviegoers as Chuco, the practical-joking worker of "Car Wash" (1976), and as the pal of Al Pacino who dies by the chainsaw in Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1985). A native of Texas, Serna made his acting debut in a Mexican production of "Hair." He migrated to L.A. where small film roles followed. Serna also joined the Center Theatre Group New Theatre for Now Company, at which he was most active from 1972-73, although he returned to the company in 1978 to co-star in the original production of the stage play "Zoot Suit." Serna's feature work began with a bit part in "The Student Nurses" (1970). He received more attention playing a rooster owner in the cock-fighting scene of "Day of the Locust" (1975), was an arms dealer in "Deal of the Century" (1983) and a patriotic father of the Latino member of the freedom fighters in "Red Dawn" (1984). In "Silverado" (1985), Serna was a hired gun while in "American Me" (1992) he was alongside his former "Zoot Suit" co-star Edward James Olmos playing a hardened criminal. Paul Rodriguez gave Serna a supporting part in "A Million to Juan"...

A frequently seen Hollywood character player of comedies as well as crime and barrio dramas, Pepe Serna may be best recalled by moviegoers as Chuco, the practical-joking worker of "Car Wash" (1976), and as the pal of Al Pacino who dies by the chainsaw in Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1985). A native of Texas, Serna made his acting debut in a Mexican production of "Hair." He migrated to L.A. where small film roles followed. Serna also joined the Center Theatre Group New Theatre for Now Company, at which he was most active from 1972-73, although he returned to the company in 1978 to co-star in the original production of the stage play "Zoot Suit."

Serna's feature work began with a bit part in "The Student Nurses" (1970). He received more attention playing a rooster owner in the cock-fighting scene of "Day of the Locust" (1975), was an arms dealer in "Deal of the Century" (1983) and a patriotic father of the Latino member of the freedom fighters in "Red Dawn" (1984). In "Silverado" (1985), Serna was a hired gun while in "American Me" (1992) he was alongside his former "Zoot Suit" co-star Edward James Olmos playing a hardened criminal. Paul Rodriguez gave Serna a supporting part in "A Million to Juan" (1994) and in Johnny Depp's directorial debut "The Brave" (lensed 1996), he was cast alongside Marlon Brando.

Serna first began appearing in TV-movies in 1974 with "The Gun" (ABC). He had one of his best roles as the younger brother of the slain president in "Sadat" (syndicated, 1983). Although Serna made numerous unsold TV pilots, including one for "Car Wash" (NBC, 1979), his first regular series role was as a co-ed's overprotective father in the short-lived CBS effort "Second Chances" (1993-94). He reprised the same character, now the over-protective father of a hard-working Latina, in "Hotel Malibu" (CBS, 1994), a summer series.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Love in the Mirror (1999) Prince Bassonpierre
2.
 Africana, L' (1990)
3.
 L'Avaro (1990)
4.
 Children of Rage (1974) Dr Ben-Joseph
5.
 Super Fly T.N.T. (1973)
6.
 Hornets' Nest (1970) Major Taussig
7.
 Midas Run (1969) Giroux
8.
 The Dirty Game (1966) [Glazov]
9.
 Duel of Champions (1964) Marcus
10.
 Goliath and the Vampires (1964) Buono
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ccmiller1492 ( 2007-08-03 )

Source: Sernas interview by Mathieu Fraioli on Lithuanian tv 6/5/05 and Jacques Sernas fansite.

Jacques Sernas was born in Lithuania on July 30, 1925. His family moved to France when he was a boy. He was 15 yrs. old when France lost the war. He began working with the Resistance movement helping to transfer funds as a courier. He was 17 when he was arrested and incarcerated, then sent to the labor camp at Buchenwald in 1944. In 1945 just before the American and Russian armies came to liberate the camps, the Russian, English and American prisoners were shot. The remaining prisoners, among them Jacques Sernas were also to be shot before the Allies' arrival, but they rioted and took over their part of the camp. Jacques' film career was launched in the 1946 film "Miroir" playing a character named Battling-Joe. He quickly rose to become a featured player in French and Italian films, but remaines largely unknown outside Europe until Robert Wise cast him as Prince Paris of Troy in the Warner Bros. 1956 film "Helen of Troy" Although he and his co-star Rossana Poesta were relative unknowns in the U.S., they had already made several films together in Europe, and despite not being churned into the Hollywood machine both stars left a lasting impression in international cinema with Wise's great film, particularly Sernas who, after being relegated to U.S. tv epsiodes of various dramatic series such as "Climax!" and "Conflict" in 1957, returned to a flourishing career in European films and tv miniseries. He was last seen in a supporting role in the tv series "Pope John XXIII" as a Cardinal in 20006

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