Friday, July 3, 2015

RIP Jacques Sernas

RIP Jacques Sernas
July 3, 2015

The Lithuanian actor was almost 90 years. He also starred in Fellini’s "La dolce vita". In the eighties I had director on TV ‘Una lingua per tutti’

ROME – He died suddenly tonight in Rome, a few days before his ninetieth birthday, the actor Jacques Sernas, an icon of the 1950’s international films.

Born in Lithuania he took refuge with his family almost immediately in France for political reasons, his father was a signatory in 1918 of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. Sernas had lived, while very young, the terrible experience of a prisoner for two years in the Buchenwald camp in Germany. He began his acting career after the war. He had shot more than 40 feature films and some television dramas with the greatest directors of the 1950s and 1960s and was also called to Hollywood where he worked a lot. The actor was polite and cultured and had been defined by the press as "the most beautiful man in the world".

Among his most important films: “Helen of Troy”, Pia de 'Tolomei, Vite perdute, Salammbo, American Secret Service: cronache di ieri e di oggi, Fort Yuma Gold, Gli angeli del quartiere, Terra straniera, Romolo e Remo, Maciste contro il vampiro, Il figlio di Spartacus, Cuori sul mare, La pelle, L'avaro, Un amore a Roma e La prima notte. He also starred in a small role in La dolce vita by Fellini.

Sernas had also worked in television in the 1980's on the  RAI educational program Una lingua per tutti. He also took part in various television dramas, including Il maresciallo Rocca and Papa Giovanni.

SERNAS, Jacques (Jurgis Bernard Šernas)
Born: 7/30/1925, Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: 7/3/2015, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Jacques Sernas’ western – actor:
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 (Major Saunders)

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