Jacques Sernas

Jacques Sernas was born in  Lithuania in 1925.   He has had an international career with many French films to his credit.   He was educated in Frances and during the Second World War was a Resistance Fighter.   He was captured and imprisioned for a year in the concentration camp at Buchenwald.   His first film was “Miroir” in 1947.   His most famous film is “Helen of Troy” which was released in 1956.   He had a supporting part in “La Dolca Vita” in 1960.

With eye-catching good looks, blond Lithuanian-born actor Jacques Sernas (A.K.A. Jack Sernas) is best known for cutting a fine figure in European spectacles in the 1950s and 1960s. Born in 1925 he was raised and schooled in Paris before joining as a French Resistance fighter during W.W.II. Captivated by German forces and imprisoned for over a year in Buchenwald, he was eventually freed and began studying medicine in his early postwar years. Acting soon caught his fancy, however, and he made his unbilled debut in the French film Miroir (1947). He would dominant both French and Italian pictures in the ensuing years with such action films as The Red Falcon (1949), in the title role, and in such costumed romancers as Anita Garibaldi (1952). He hit major international attention after being cast as Paris opposite sex sirens Rosanna Podesta and Brigitte Bardot in Helen of Troy (1956). Hollywood took brief notice but nothing much came of it. He was relegated for the most part to supporting characters, making one lasting impression as a fading matinee idol in Fellini’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita (1960).

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Jacques Sernas died in 2015 in Rome.

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