Pilar Seurat

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Pilar Seurat
Seurat in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Born Rita Hernandez
(1938-07-25)July 25, 1938
Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died June 2, 2001(2001-06-02) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California
Occupation Film, television actress
Years active 1959-1972
Spouse(s) Don Devlin (1959-1963, divorced)
Don Cerveris (1970-1981, divorced)

Pilar Seurat (July 25, 1938 – June 2, 2001) was a Filipina-American film and television actress in the 1960s.

Life and career[edit]

Born as Rita Hernandez in Manila, Seurat began her Hollywood career as a dancer in Ken Murray's "Blackouts", the popular postwar variety show at the El Capitan Theatre. Though she primarily played Asian characters, Seurat was adept at playing various nationalities; her breakthrough role was as Louisa Escalante, the blind murder victim's sister in John Frankenheimer's The Young Savages (1961).

She was frequently cast on 1960s television shows that sought exotic beauties for Asian, Hispanic, or Native American roles including Adventures in Paradise, The Fugitive, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Seaway, Hawaiian Eye, The Virginian, Maverick, Bonanza, Stoney Burke, Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O, I Spy, The Lieutenant and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Personal life[edit]

She married producer Don Devlin in 1959; the couple divorced in 1963. The couple's son is the producer Dean Devlin. In 1970, she married writer Don Cerveris and shortly afterwards retired from acting and began using the name Pilar Cerveris. This marriage ended in 1981.[citation needed]


Seurat died of lung cancer in 2001. The 2002 horror-comedy film Eight Legged Freaks (produced by her son Dean) was dedicated to her. Seurat's interment was in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

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