Rade Serbedzija Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Bunic, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Rade Serbedzija was born in Bunic (Korenica) in 1946. Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Still a student, he started to play the leading roles in films and theater productions. He is remembered as an outstanding Peer Gynt, Don Juan, Georgij, Melkior, Oedipus, Hamlet, Leon and Richard III. He wrote and published four books of poetry and released four albums, as well as directed 12 plays (Balade Petrice Kerempuha, Kazu da je sova nekad bila pekareva kci, Judita, Hrvatski slavuj...). He shot more than seventy films (Rdece klasje (1970), Zadah tela (1983), Hajka (1977), Vecernja zvona (1986), Bravo maestro (1978), Variola vera (1982), Una (1984), Usijanje (1979), Life Is Beautiful (1985), Cyclops (1982), Povratak (1979), Horvatov izbor (1985), Dreaming the Rose (1986), Kontesa Dora (1993)...), and starred in leading roles of several TV-series (Sam covjek, U registraturi (1974), Prosjaci i sinovi (1971), Bombaski proces (1984), Nikola Tesla (1977), Putovanje u Vucjak (1986)...). He joined Vanessa Redgrave to found a theater that produced plays such as Brecht in exile, Liberation of Skopje, Smoke, Opera Sarajevo. He took part in many charity and peace initiatives. After a world famous film Before the Rain (1994) where he played the leading role, he was cast in films by prominent directors of the world (P. Noyce, J. Woo, S. Kubrick, F. Rossi...), in films such as The Saint (1997) (P. Noyce), The Truce (1997) (F. Rossi), Prague Duet (1998), Broken English (1996), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) (S. Kubrick), Polish Wedding (1998), Stigmata (1999), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Il dolce rumore della vita (1999), Open Sea (1998), Mission: Impossible II (2000), Space Cowboys (2000), Snatch (2000), and in South Pacific (2001), Hermano (2007), Quicksand (2003), currently in post-production. He starred alongside Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, John Turturro, Tom Cruise, Glenn Close. He lives in London.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ulyss

Rade Serbedzija became internationally famous mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films in the 1990s. His film career has been long both in his home country and elsewhere.

Serbedzija was born in the village of Bunic, located between Korenica and Licki Osik in Lika. In 1969, he graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts of the University of Zagreb and then worked as a Theatre actor in the Theatre "Gavella" and at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kommissar

Spouse (2)

Lenka Udovicki (30 June 1991 - present)
Ivanka Cerovac (? - 1987) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (19)

Father of Lucija Serbedzija.
Ranked #4 in Croatian-based monthly film magazine "Hollywood" in «Best Croatian Male Movie Stars of All Time» list. (November 2005)
He was a professor of Acting at Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Founded the Ulysses Theatre in 2000 with Borislav Vujcic in Brijuni, where he also directs and acts in most plays.
His neighbor in America is Benicio Del Toro.
Father of Danilo Serbedzija.
Plays guitar and sings so he had a few musical tours.
One of the greatest Croatian stage and screen actors.
On the London stage, he won critical praise for his work in Colin Redgrave's Moving Theatre Company staging of "Brecht in Hollywood" (1994).
One of the favorite actors of Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski. He and Manchevski worked together on Oscar nominated movie Before the Rain (1994).
Won Golden Arena (Pula Film Festival) for his role in Bravo maestro (1978) and in Vecernja zvona (1986).
For the role of Athos in Fugitive Pieces (2007) he won award for best actor at Rome Film Fest and was nominated for Satellite Award and Genie Award for the same role.
Is fluent in Italian.
Won the Golden Arena at the 57th Pula Film Festival for best actor in a leading role for his role in 72 days (2010), the debut movie by his son Danilo Serbedzija.
He played a homeless man in Batman Begins (2005), which used Mentmore Towers as the filming location for Wayne Manor. This location was used in another film starring Rade Serbedzija - Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) where the location was used as the exterior for the infamous orgy scene.
During the Balkans war he fled to Slovenia where he also got a Slovene passport. In 2014 he got a Macedonian passport too.
Often plays Russians.
Was in the famous M&M's Super Bowl commercial as a Head Russian Mafia going to cut up and serve the Yellow M&M (voiced by J.K. Simmons) on Ice Cream to his men and family.
In Turkish his surname means someone who makes and/or sells a sweet drink called Sherbet.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Eyes Wide Shut (1999)] I had three scenes in the film originally and Kubrick cut one beautiful scene with Tom and me - very nice dialogue, I remember - where Tom was trying his costume and mask. It was the next scene after his daughter left the room, and they were in another room in front of mirrors, and he was dressed in his costume and trying his mask. I forgot the lines but I think they were talking about his daughter. It was a really good scene. I think Kubrick cut it because he didn't want to show Tom in his mask and cloak before the orgy.

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