Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy 85th Birthday Jacques Sernas

Jurgis Šernas was born on July 30, 1925 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Jacques was the son of Jokūbas Šernas a signer of the Lithuanian Act of Independence who died when Jacques was a year old. He and his mother moved to Paris where he received his education. He joined the French Resistance during World War II was captured and put under house arrest in Ussel. Later he was sent to Fort Barraux and after an escape attempt was transferred to Buchenwald prison camp. After the war be began a life as a journalist but was sidetracked into acting. He became a popular star in Italy and France. He was signed by Hollywood but only made two films and several TV appearances before returning to Europe and starring in peplum films among them “Helen of Troy”. After his starring years he has continued as a successful character actor and is still appearing in Italian films. He currently lives in Rome. Sernas appeared in one Euro-western as Major Saunders in “Fort Yuma Gold” (1966). Today we celebrate Jacques Sernas' 85th birthday.

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