Jacques Sernas

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Jacques Sernas
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Jacques Sernas (1955)
Native name Lithuanian: Jurgis Šernas
Born Jacques Sernas
(1925-07-30) 30 July 1925 (age 89)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Other names Jack Sernas
Years active 1947-2008
Parents Jokūbas Šernas

Jacques Sernas (Lithuanian: Jurgis Šernas; sometimes credited as Jack Sernas; born 30 July 1925) is a Lithuanian-born French actor with an international film career.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, the son of Jokūbas Šernas, a signatory of the 1918 Act of Independence of Lithuania, who died when Sernas was a year old. His mother took him to Paris, France, where Sernas received his formal education. During World War II, he joined the French Resistance and was captured and interned at the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany.


Sernas worked first as a leading man and later as a character actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Paris in the epic film Helen of Troy (1956).

Sernas also appeared on American television, including the lead role in the 1956 Warner Brothers time travel production "Man From 1997" featuring James Garner.

His more recent appearances have included appearing as a Cardinale Feltin in the television biographical film Pope John XXIII (2002) and as Ambasciatore in the television comedy film Regina dei fiori (2005).

Partial Filmography[edit]

Year 1956 Title Salambo Genre Historical drama Role Notes
Gioventù perduta 1947 drama Nastro d'Argento Best Actor
Il mulino del Po 1949 drama
The Wolf of the Sila 1949 Drama Salvatore Barra
Pact with the Devil 1950 Drama
Golden Salamander 1950 adventure Max
Fugitive in Trieste 1951 Historical Giulio
The Mute of Portici 1952 drama uncredited
Red Shirts 1952 Historical Gentile
Lulu 1953 comedy Mario
Maddalena 1954 drama Giovanni Belloni
Jump into Hell 1955 adventure Captain Guy Bertrand
Helen of Troy 1956 epic Paris
Nel Segno di Roma 1958
Lost Lives/ Vite perdute 1959
Che femmina... e che dollari! 1960
The Centurion 1961 historical drama Caius Vinicius
55 Days at Peking 1963 epic Maj. Bobrinski
The Dirty Game 1965 Spy film Sernas
For a Few Extra Dollars 1966 Spaghetti western Major Sanders
A Run on Gold 1969 Comedy Paul Giroux
Hornets' Nest 1970 war Major Taussig
Pope John XXIII 2002 biographical Cardinale Feltin television film
Regina dei fiori 2005 comedy Ambasciatore television film

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