Jacques Sernas

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
Died 3 July 2015(2015-07-03) (aged 89)
Rome, Italy
Other names Jack Sernas
Occupation actor
Years active 1947–2008
Spouse(s) Maria Stella Signorini (1955-?)[2]
Children Francesca (b. 1956)
Parent(s) Jokūbas Šernas

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]


Sernas with daughter Francesca in Rome, 1971.[4]

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 Romanian 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]

Partial filmography

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Title Year Genre Role Notes
Lost Youth 1947 drama Nastro d'Argento Best Actor
The Mill on the Po 1949 drama
The Wolf of the Sila 1949 Drama Salvatore Barra
Pact with the Devil 1950Drama
Golden Salamander 1950 adventure Max
Fugitive in Trieste 1951 Historical Giulio
L'ultima sentenza 1951 drama Piero
The Mute of Portici 1952 drama uncredited
Red Shirts 1952 Historical Gentile
Lulu 1953 comedy Mario
Dieci canzoni d'amore da salvare 1953 Drama The songwriter
Maddalena 1954 dramaGiovanni Belloni
Jump into Hell 1955 adventure Captain Guy Bertrand
Altair 1956 drama De Montel
Helen of Troy 1956 epic Paris
The Goddess of Love 1957 Laertes
Nel Segno di Roma 1958 Julianus
Lost Lives (Vite perdute) 1959 The Baron
The Loves of Salammbo 1960 Mathos
The Huns (La regina dei tartari) 1960 Malok
Maciste contro il vampiro 1961 Kurtick
Duel of Champions 1961 Marcus
The Centurion 1961 historical drama Caius Vinicius
Romolo e Remo 1961 Curtius
Che femmina!! e... che dollari! 1961 Jefferson Thompson
The Slave 1962 Randus
55 Days at Peking 1963epic Maj. Bobrinski
Last Plane to Baalbek 1964 Nick Mann
The Dirty Game 1965 Spy film Sernas
Balearic Caper 1966 Pierre
For a Few Extra Dollars 1966 Spaghetti western Major Sanders
Midas Run 1969 Comedy Paul Giroux
Hornets' Nest 1970 war Major Taussig
Children of Rage 1975 war Dr. Ben-Joseph
Pope John XXIII 2002 biographical Cardinale Feltin television film
Regina dei fiori 2005 comedy Ambasciatore television film

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