Jacques Sernas

Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas (30 July 1925 – 3 July 2015), commonly known as Jacques Sernas and sometimes credited as Jack Sernas, was a Lithuanian-born French actor with an international film career.[3]

Jacques Sernas
Sernas in Terra straniera (Foreign Earth), Italy, 1954[1]
Native name
Lithuanian: Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas
Born(1925-07-30)30 July 1925
Kaunas, Lithuania
Died3 July 2015(2015-07-03) (aged 89)
Rome, Italy
Other namesJack Sernas
Years active1947–2008
Spouse(s)Maria Stella Signorini (1955-?)[2]
ChildrenFrancesca (b. 1956)
Parent(s)Jokūbas Šernas


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 one 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. After the war, Sernas was considering a career in medicine and then in journalism before turning to films. His first role was in Miroir (1946).[5]

In June 1955 Sernas married the Roman journalist Maria Stella Signorini. They had a daughter Francesca born 1956.[6]


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). For the last 30 years Sernas lived and worked in Rome.[5]


Title Year Genre Role Notes
Lost Youth1948dramaStefano ManfrediNastro d'Argento Best Actor
Letter at Dawn1948Mario Maggi
La Révoltée1948Rudy
Jean de la Lune1949Alexandre - le nouvel adorateur de Marceline
The Mill on the Po1949dramaOrbino Verginesi
Il falco rosso1949Raniero d'Atri
The Wolf of the Sila1949dramaSalvatore Barra
Golden Salamander1950adventureMax
The Sky Is Red1950Tullio
Pact with the Devil1950drama
Hearts at Sea1950Paolo Silvestri
Fugitive in Trieste1951historicalGiulio
The Last Sentence1951dramaPiero
Red Shirts1952HistoricalGentile
I figli non si vendono1952Carlo Dazzeni / Roberto Dazzeni
Gli Angeli del quartiere1952Mario
The Mute of Portici1952dramaUncredited
Finishing School1953Jean-Jacques
L'envers du paradis1953Blaise d'Orliac
I Always Loved You1953Carlo
Sua altezza ha detto: no!1953
Dieci canzoni d'amore da salvare1953dramaPietro Niccoli, The songwriter
Terra straniera1954
100 Years of Love1954Roberto aka Roby, Lucia's Husband(segment "Amore 1954")
Maddalena1954dramaGiovanni Belloni
Il grande addio1954
Barrier of the Law1954Aldo
Loving You Is My Sin1954dramaCount Giorgio Danieli
Jump into Hell1955adventureCaptain Guy Bertrand
Helen of Troy1956epicParis
Altair1956dramaDe Montel
The Goddess of Love1957Laertes
C'est la faute d'Adam1957Gérard Sandret
Pia de' Tolomei1958Ghino Perticari
Vite perdute1959The Baron
Venetian Honeymoon1959Bob Lebel
Nel Segno di Roma1959Julianus
World of Miracles1959Marco Valenti
The Secret Nights of Lucrezia Borgia1959Frederico
Lost Lives1959The Baron(Vite perdute)
The Loves of Salammbo1960Mathos
The Huns1960Malok(La regina dei tartari)
Love in Rome1960Tony Meneghini
Maciste contro il vampiro1961Kurtick
Duel of Champions1961Marcus
The Centurion1961historical dramaCaius Vinicius
Romolo e Remo1961Curtius
Che femmina!! e... che dollari!1961Jefferson Thompson
The Slave1962Vetius - companion of late Spartacus
55 Days at Peking1963epicMaj. Bobrinski
Last Plane to Baalbek1964Nick Mann
The Dirty Game1965Spy filmSernas
Balearic Caper1966Pierre
For a Few Extra Dollars1966Spaghetti westernMajor Sanders
American Secret Service1968
Midas Run1969comedyPaul Giroux
Hornets' Nest1970warMajor Taussig
Super Fly T.N.T.1973Matty Smith
E cominciò il viaggio nella vertigine1974
Children of Rage1975warDr. Ben-Joseph
Last Feelings1978Sports Director
The Skin1981Gen Guillaume
L'Addition1984Prison guard
Io, Peter Pan1989Bernard
Luna di sangue1989Dottor Marc Duvivier
The Miser1990Don Guglielmo
The African Woman1990Dr. Wargnier
Caldo soffocante1991Il presidente
Coppia omicida1998Godard
Amor nello specchio1999Principe Bassompierre
Pope John XXIII2002biographicalCardinale FeltinTV movie
Regina dei fiori2005comedyAmbasciatoreTV movie

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