Birthplace: Bunić, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Rade Šerbedžija (Serbian Cyrillic: Раде Шербеџија, ; born 27 July 1946), occasionally credited as Rade Sherbedgia in some English-language productions, is a Croatian actor, director and musician. He is known for his portrayals of imposing figures on both sides of the law. He was one of the most popular Yugoslav actors in the 1970s and 1980s. He is internationally known mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, X-Men: First Class, The Saint and Mission: Impossible 2 and for his role as Boris the Blade in Snatch, and for his recurring role as former Soviet Army General Dmitri Gredenko in Season 6 of TV action series 24.Šerbedžija was born into an ethnic Serb family in the village of Bunić in the Lika region of Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia. His parents fought in the Second World War as Partisans. Šerbedžija was raised an atheist.
In 1969, he graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts of the University of Zagreb and then worked as a theatre actor in the City Drama Theatre Gavella and at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. While still a student, Šerbedžija started to play leading roles in films and theater productions. He is remembered as an outstanding Peer Gynt, Don Juan, Melkior Tresić, Oedipus, Hamlet, Leone Glembay and Richard III. Šerbedžija was among the top actors in the former Yugoslavia, as well as an esteemed acting teacher at the Universities of Zagreb and Novi Sad.
In 1964 he first visited the US, where he enrolled in drama school. Small parts on stage followed for many years until his 1974 breakthrough performance as "Hamlet" at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival made him a star. Although he continued to appear in theatrical productions (notably, "Peer Gynt" and "Oedipus Rex"), Šerbedžija broke into films around the same time. Although many of the more than 40 features he has made in the '70s and '80s have been little-seen outside of Yugoslavia, a handful have received widespread distribution. His early work included the starring role in The Republic of Užice (1974).
He had various notable roles in Yugoslav film, among others in U gori raste zelen bor (1971), Variola Vera (1981), Kiklop (1982), Život je lep (1985). He was also among the leading actors in several TV series, such as in Prosjaci i sinovi (1971), U registraturi (1976), Nikola Tesla (1977), Putovanje u Vučjak (1986).
Šerbedžija founded the Ulysses Theater with Borislav Vujčić on the Brijuni islands, where he also directs and acts in most plays. The theater was founded in 2000 and has been very successful so far.
It was probably not until his turn as the captain interrogating a woman who rescued hundreds of children from the Holocaust in Hanna's War (1988) that he was noticed in the West.
In the early 1990s, during the course of the Yugoslav wars, he acted in a few films from various parts of the former Yugoslavia, including the Macedonian film Before the Rain in 1994. With the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, he and his family moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia to avoid the war. Šerbedžija then also acted in various western European films before he emigrated to the United States.
He is perhaps most often recognised by world audiences for his supporting roles in Hollywood films such as Mission: Impossible 2, Mighty Joe Young, The Saint, Eyes Wide Shut, Snatch, EuroTrip, The Quiet American (2002), Shooter, and a cameo in Batman Begins, often varying between sinister villains or trusting friends. He was asked to reprise his cameo role in The Dark Knight, but declined. He co-starred in Space Cowboys, wherein he was billed as "Rade Sherbedgia".
In 2001, he starred in a television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific as French plantation owner Emile de Becque. He also appeared in the BBC spy-thriller show Spooks for one episode as a villain. In 2005 he played Captain Blake in Rupert Wainwright's remake of The Fog, and had a supporting role in the NBC science fiction series Surface. In 2007 he played Athos Roussos in Jeremy Podeswa's feature film adaptation of Anne Michaels' novel Fugitive Pieces.
He portrayed Dmitri Gredenko on the sixth season of the hit Fox show 24.
On 26 May 2009, Šerbedžija announced that he had been cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 as the famous foreign wandmaker Gregorovitch, a 'brief but very important' role. He began filming in November 2009. He announced his casting at a press conference for Fugitive Pieces, and he added that he knew he had the role six months before.
In 2014, Šerbedžija appeared in six episodes of Downton Abbey as Prince Kuragin, a Russian exile and long-ago lover of the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, portrayed by Dame Maggie Smith.
Šerbedžija is also known for his poetry readings and has released four albums. On the London stage, he won critical praise for his work in Corin Redgrave's Moving Theatre Company staging of "Brecht in Hollywood" (1994).
Šerbedžija was married to Ivanka Cerovac, but they divorced in 1987. They have a son, film director Danilo Šerbedžija (b. 1971) and a daughter, actress Lucija (b. 1973). Šerbedžija met his second wife, Lenka Udovički, the sister of Serbian politician Kori Udovički, in Subotica in 1990 and they married in 1991. With his second wife, he has three daughters: Nina, Vanja, and Mimi. Nina is now attending college and the younger two are in high school. The girls grew up in London during their early years, then moved to California due to their father's acting career.
Šerbedžija's parents left Vinkovci as Serb refugees for Belgrade in 1991, due to Croatian War of Independence. His mother died in 1999, while his father still lives in Belgrade. In 1992, while at a club in Belgrade, an intoxicated youth swore at him, calling him "Serb traitor", then shot his gun in the air. The youth himself was from Lika, as was Šerbedžija. He then took his wife and at the time, only daughter Nina, and left Zagreb and Belgrade, and settled in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Šerbedžija has called himself "Yugo-nostalgic", and in 2011, said that times were better in Socialist Yugoslavia than now.
Šerbedžija has homes in London, Hollywood, California, Rijeka and Zagreb. He lives in Rijeka (as of January 2011) together with his wife Lenka.
|1968||Gravitacija ili fantastična mladost činovnika Borisa Horvata||Boris Horvat|
|1969||Dio è con noi|
|1969||Sedmina - Pozdravi Marijo||Niko|
|1969||Čamac za kron-princa|
|1970||Red Wheat||Južek Hedl|
|1971||The Pine Tree in the Mountain||Domobran kicoš|
|1971||Prosjaci i sinovi||Matan Špalatrin|
|1971||Putovanje na mjesto nesreće||Vlatko|
|1972||Poslijepodne jednog fazana||Obijesni mladić|
|1972||Rođendan male Mire|
|1972||Zvezde su oči ratnika||Učitelj Rade|
|1973||Živjeti od ljubavi||Davor|
|1974||Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrdusa Donja||Hamlet|
|1974||Tojota Korola 1000|
|1974||Obraz uz obraz||Himself|
|1974||The Republic of Užice||Četnički oficir Kosta Parac|
|1974||U registraturi||Ivica Kicmanović|
|1976||The Republic of Užice||Četnički oficir Kosta Parac||TV series|
|1977||Nikola Tesla||Nikola Tesla||TV series|
|1978||Bombaški proces||Josip Broz Tito|
|1978||Bravo maestro||Vitomir Bezjak|
|1979||Živi bili pa vidjeli|
|1979||The Return||Komandir milicije|
|1979||Ivan Goran Kovačić||Ivan Goran Kovačić|
|1980||Sedam plus sedam||Himself|
|1982||Variola Vera||Doktor Grujić|
|1982||13. jul||Kapetan Mitrović|
|1982||Život i priča|
|1983||Zadah tela||Pančo Vila|
|1983||Noć poslije smrti||Lucio Klarić|
|1984||In the Jaws of Life||Intelektualac|
|1984||Pejzaži u magli||Lelin otac|
|1984||Una||Professor Mišel Babić|
|1985||Life Is Beautiful||Harmonikaš|
|1985||Horvatov izbor||Krešimir Horvat|
|1986||San o ruži||Valent|
|1986||Večernja zvona||Tomislav K. Burbonski|
|1986||Putovanje u Vučjak||Krešimir Horvat||TV series|
|1988||Hanna's War||Captain Ivan|
|1989||Čovjek koji je volio sprovode||Hinko|
|1989||Seobe II||De Ronkali|
|1990||Karneval, anđeo i prah|
|1993||Kontesa Dora||Karlo Armano|
|1994||Before the Rain||Alexandar|
|1995||Two Deaths||Colonel George Lapadus|
|1997||Nečista krv||Gazda Marko|
|1997||Balkan Island: The Last Story of the Century||Rusty|
|1997||The Saint||Ivan Tretiak|
|1997||The Truce||Mardenou the Greek|
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Andrei Strasser|
|1998||Prague Duet||Jiri Kolmar|
|1999||Eyes Wide Shut||Mr. Milich|
|1999||The Sweet Sounds of Life||Bruno Maier|
|1999||Stigmata||Fr. Marion Petrocelli|
|2000||Space Cowboys||General Vostow|
|2000||Mission: Impossible 2||Dr. Nekhorvich|
|2000||Snatch||Boris 'The Blade' Yurinov|
|2000||Je li jasno prijatelju?||Milan Rajić|
|2001||South Pacific||Emile De Becque|
|2002||The Quiet American||Inspector Vigot|
|2003||The Cruelest Day||Miran Hrovatin|
|2003||Spooks 2.4: Blood and Money||Viktor Schvitkoy|
|2004||Golemata voda||Old Lem|
|2004||Rade Šerbedžija Live in Budva||Himself|
|2005||The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam||Imam Muaffak|
|2005||Surface||Dr. Aleksander Cirko||TV series|
|2005||Batman Begins||Homeless Man|
|2005||The Fog||Captain William Blake|
|2006||The Elder Son||Maxim Sarafanov|
|2007||Balkanski sindrom||Old Alen|
|2007||Fugitive Pieces||Athos Roussos|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Dr. Marić|
|2007||24||Dmitri Gredenko||TV series|
|2007||Say It in Russian||Raf Larin|
|2007||L... Kot ljubezen||Big Daddy|
|2007||Fallen||Dr. Lukas Grasic||TV mini-series|
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Yuri Volkalov||TV series|
|2008||The Eye||Simon McCullough|
|2009||Middle Men||Nikita Sokoloff|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Alexander Sharova||TV series|
|2009||Thick as Thieves||Nicky Petrovich/Victor Korolenko|
|2010||Kao Rani Mraz||Stari Vasa Ladački|
|2010||72 Days||Mane Paripović|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1||Gregorovitch|
|2011||5 Days of War||Col. Demidov|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Russian General|
|2011||Shun Li and the Poet||Bepi|
|2011||In the Land of Blood and Honey||Gen. Nebojsa Vukojevich|
|2012||The Fourth State||Onjegin|
|2012||The Third Half||Don Rafael Cohen|
|2013||Cry of the Butterfly||Ray|
|2013||The Double||Frightening Old Man|
|2014||Hercules: The Legend Begins||Chiron|
|2014||Downton Abbey||Prince Kuragin|
|2014||Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge||The Minister|
|2015||Tesla: Iznad maste||Milutin Tesla||Pre-production|
|2015||The Liberation of Skopje||Gjorgjija||Post-production|
|2016||The Porcupine||Stoyo Petkanov||Announced|
|2016||The Five||Jakob Marosi|
|2017||Mata Hari||Emil Hime|
|2018||Tesla: Beyond Imagination||Milutin Tesla||Announced|
|1979||Pula Film Festival||Best Actor||Won||Bravo maestro|
|1986||Pula Film Festival||Best Actor||Won||Evening Bells|
|1994||Venice Film Festival||Best actor||Won||Before the Rain (1994 film)|
|1996||New Zealand Film and TV Awards||Best Foreign Performer||Won||Broken English (1996 film)|
|2006||Monaco International Film Festival||Best Actor||Won||Short Order|
|2007||Rome Film Fest||Best actor||Won||Fugitive Pieces (film)|
|2008||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated||Fugitive Pieces (film)|
|2008||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film||Nominated||Fugitive Pieces (film)|
|2009||Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated||Fugitive Pieces (film)|
|2012||Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival||Best Actor||Won||Io sono Li|