Rade Šerbedžija (Serbian Cyrillic: Раде Шербеџија, pronounced [rǎːde ʃerbědʒija]; born 27 July 1946) is a Croatian and Serbian actor, director and musician. He is known for his portrayals of imposing figures on both sides of the law. He was one of the best known 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, Mission: Impossible 2; 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.
|Other names||Rade Sherbedgia|
(m. 1969; div. 1987)
|Children||5, including Danilo and Lucija|
Šerbedžija’s work has earned widespread acclaim and accolades. He is a four-time recipient of the Golden Arena for Best Actor, Croatia’s highest filmmaking honors. He won the Critics Award for Best Actor at the 51st Venice International Film Festival for his performance in Before the Rain (1994). His performance in the Canadian film Fugitive Pieces (2007) was nominated for a Genie Award and Satellite Award. He was awarded the International Press Academy’s Mary Pickford Award, an honorary award “for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry”, in 2019. The same year, he won his second Vladimir Nazor Award for “Lifetime Achievement - Film Art”.
Šerbedžija was born in the village of Bunić in the Lika region of Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia. His parents were ethnic Serbs who fought in the Second World War as Partisans. Šerbedžija was raised an atheist.
Career in Yugoslavia
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 theatre productions. His stage roles included Oedipus and Richard III. His performance as Hamlet in 1974 in Dubrovnik catapulted him into stardom.
Šerbedžija landed his first major film role in 1968 in the Branko Ivanda-directed Gravitation. He had various notable roles in Yugoslav films, among others in Bravo maestro (1978), Journalist (1979), Banović Strahinja (1981), Kiklop (1982) and San o ruži (1986). He was also among the leading actors in several TV series, such as in Prosjaci i sinovi (1971), U registraturi (1976), and Putovanje u Vučjak (1986).
Šerbedžija was one of the most well-known actors in Yugoslavia, in addition to being one of the most beloved. Prior to leaving his home country, Šerbedžija had starred in over 40 films. He was also one of the main supporters of the KGPT Yugoslav theater, a project initiated to unite the different Yugoslav state theaters into a single troupe.
Šerbedžija is a four-time recipient of the Golden Arena for Best Actor at the Pula Film Festival; in 1978 for Bravo maestro, in 1986 for Evening Bells (Večernja zvona), in 2010 for 72 Days (Sedamdeset i dva dana), and Fishing and Fishermen's Conversations (2020).
In 2000, Šerbedžija founded the Ulysses Theater with Borislav Vujčić on the Brijuni islands. In a co-production between the Ulysses Theatre and the National Theatre in Belgrade, for his role in the 2019 adaptation of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Šerbedžija received the Zoran Radmilović Award, the Croatian Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the Orlando Award.
As war broke out in Yugoslavia, Šerbedžija initially moved to Serbia in 1992, then Slovenia before eventually spending some time London, England at the invitation of actor and friend Anthony Andrews. While in London, Šerbedžija met with Macedonian-American director Milcho Manchevski who cast him in his 1994 film Before the Rain. The performance earned him a Critics Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
Šerbedžija has had supporting roles in Hollywood films such as Mission: Impossible 2, Mighty Joe Young, The Saint, Eyes Wide Shut, Snatch, and Space Cowboys among others. He is usually known for playing villains.
In 2001, he starred in a television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 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.
In 2009 Šerbedžija was cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 as the famous foreign wandmaker Gregorovitch. 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 music. He has released four poetry books and four music albums. He recorded the award-winning ballad "Ni u tvome srcu" with Bosnian vocalist Kemal Monteno. While in London, Šerbedžija stayed at actress Vanessa Redgrave's residence and the two became friends. With Redgrave, Šerbedžija founded the Moving Theatre Company.
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. The girls grew up in London during their early years, then moved to California due to their father's acting career.
In 1992, while at a club in Belgrade, an intoxicated youth swore at Šerbedžija, calling him "Serb traitor", then shot his gun in the air. The youth himself was from Lika, as was Šerbedžija. Šerbedžija 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 owns property in London, Hollywood, California, Rijeka, and Zagreb. As of January 2011, he reportedly spends most of his time in Rijeka together with his wife Lenka.
Šerbedžija is a citizen of Croatia, North Macedonia, and Slovenia.
|1966||Prikupljanje hrabosti||Skalper||TV film|
|1966||Sedam sati i petnaest minuta||Tomica||TV film|
|1967||Iluzija||Mladic koji ubija Branka|
|1968||Maratonci||TV series; 1 episode|
|1969||Dio è con noi|
|1969||Sedmina - Pozdravi Marijo||Niko|
|1969||Čamac za kron-princa||TV film|
|1970||Sam čovjek||TV miniseries; 3 episodes|
|1970||Red Wheat||Južek Hedl|
|1971||The Pine Tree in the Mountain||Domobran kicoš|
|1971||Prosjaci i sinovi||Matan Špalatrin||TV series|
|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||TV series; 1 episode|
|1974||The Republic of Užice||Četnički oficir Kosta Parac|
|1974||U registraturi||Ivica Kicmanović||TV series; 7 episodes|
|1975||Pesma||Mića Ranović||TV series; 6 episodes|
|1976||The Republic of Užice||Četnički oficir Kosta Parac||TV series; 1 episode|
|1977||Nikola Tesla||Nikola Tesla||TV series; 9 episodes|
|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||TV film|
|1980||Sedam plus sedam||Himself||TV series; 1 episode|
|1982||Variola Vera||Doktor Grujić|
|1982||13. jul||Kapetan Mitrović|
|1982||Nepokoreni grad||TV series; 1 episode|
|1982||Život i priča|
|1983||Zadah tela||Pančo Vila|
|1983||Kiklop||Ugo||TV series; 4 episodes|
|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; 14 episodes|
|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||Father 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||TV film|
|2002||The Quiet American||Inspector Vigot|
|2003||The Cruelest Day||Miran Hrovatin|
|2003||Spooks||Viktor Schvitkoy||TV series; 1 episode|
|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; 6 episodes|
|2005||Batman Begins||Homeless Man|
|2005||The Fog||Captain William Blake|
|2006||The Elder Son||Maxim Sarafanov|
|2007||Balkanski sindrom||Old Alen|
|2007||Shooter||Mikhayo Sczerbiak / Michael Sandor|
|2007||Fugitive Pieces||Athos Roussos|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Dr. Marić|
|2007||24||Dmitri Gredenko||TV series; 8 episodes|
|2007||Say It in Russian||Raf Larin|
|2007||L... Kot ljubezen||Big Daddy|
|2007||Fallen||Dr. Lukas Grasic||TV miniseries|
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Yuri Volkalov||TV series; 2 episodes|
|2008||The Eye||Simon McCullough|
|2009||Middle Men||Nikita Sokoloff|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Alexander Sharova||TV series; 2 episodes|
|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||Taken 2||Murad Krasniqi|
|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||TV series|
|2014||Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge||The Minister|
|2015||Tesla: Iznad maste||Milutin Tesla|
|2016||The Porcupine||Stoyo Petkanov|
|2016||The Five||Jâkob Marosi||TV miniseries; 6 episodes|
|2016||The Liberation of Skopje||Gjorgjija||Also director and writer|
|2017||Mata Hari||Emil Guimet||TV series; 2 episodes|
|2017||Hedgehog's Home||Narrator||Short film; Serbo-Croatian version|
|2017||The Blacklist||Dr. Bogdan Krilov||TV series; 2 episodes|
|2017||The Last Prosecco||Desiderio Ancillotto|
|2017||Better Things||Arnold Hall||TV series; 1 episode|
|2018||Murderous Trance||Dr. Dabrowski|
|2018||What's This Country Called Now?||Ismet Tabakovic||Short film|
|2018–2019||Strange Angel||Professor Filip Mesulam||TV series; 12 episodes|
|2020||Fishing and Fishermen's Conversations||Petar Hektorović|
|2020||Strike Back||Kalmedi||TV series; 1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|1996||New Zealand Film and TV Awards||Best Foreign Performer||Won||Broken English|
|2006||Monaco International Film Festival||Best Actor||Won||Short Order|
|2007||Rome Film Fest||Best actor||Won||Fugitive Pieces|
|2008||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|2008||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film||Nominated|
|2009||Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|2012||Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival||Best Actor||Won||Io sono Li|
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