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Also Known As: Rade Sherbedgia, Rade ErbedIja Died:
Born: July 27, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Croatia Profession: actor, professor of acting

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An artist in exile who has appeared in over 40 films, Rade Serbedzija was among the top actors in the former Yugoslavia, as well as an esteemed acting teacher at the Universities of Zagreb and Novi Sad, before being forced to flee in 1992. He has since become more proficient in English and has begun to make inroads in British and Hollywood films. To date, the actor has made his greatest mark playing the war photographer in Micho Manchevski's Oscar-nominated Macedonian feature "Before the Rain" (1994) and as the rich villainous Russian oligarch in Philip Noyce's "The Saint" (1997).The son of ethnic Serbians, Serbedzija was born and raised in Croatia where he first gained prominence as both a stage and screen actor. (With the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, he and his family were forced to flee to Belgrade, Serbia.) After a 1964 visit to the USA, he enrolled in drama school. Small parts on stage followed for many years until his 1974 breakthrough performance as "Hamlet" in Dubrovnik made him a star. Although he continued to appear in theatrical productions (notably, "Peer Gynt" and "Oedipus Rex"), Serbedzija broke into films around the same time. Although many of the more than 40 features...

An artist in exile who has appeared in over 40 films, Rade Serbedzija was among the top actors in the former Yugoslavia, as well as an esteemed acting teacher at the Universities of Zagreb and Novi Sad, before being forced to flee in 1992. He has since become more proficient in English and has begun to make inroads in British and Hollywood films. To date, the actor has made his greatest mark playing the war photographer in Micho Manchevski's Oscar-nominated Macedonian feature "Before the Rain" (1994) and as the rich villainous Russian oligarch in Philip Noyce's "The Saint" (1997).

The son of ethnic Serbians, Serbedzija was born and raised in Croatia where he first gained prominence as both a stage and screen actor. (With the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, he and his family were forced to flee to Belgrade, Serbia.) After a 1964 visit to the USA, he enrolled in drama school. Small parts on stage followed for many years until his 1974 breakthrough performance as "Hamlet" in Dubrovnik made him a star. Although he continued to appear in theatrical productions (notably, "Peer Gynt" and "Oedipus Rex"), Serbedzija 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 "Uziska Republica" (1974), but 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. US art-houses booked "Manifesto" (1988), an impish ensemble piece about life in a Balkan community overrun with assassination attempts and sexual freedoms. In 1996, Serbedzija played the refugee father in "Belma" and a New Zealand immigrant who wants his daughter to marry a wealthy Chinese man, not the Maori with whom she has fallen in love in "Broken English".

Serbedzija is also known for his poetry readings and has released four albums. On the London stage, he won critical praise for his work in Colin Redgrave's Moving Theatre Company staging of "Brecht in Hollywood" (1994).

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1974:
Became star in Yugoslavia after performance as Hamlet on the Dubrovnik stage
1974:
Had early film role, "Uziska Republica"
1988:
Played Fascist captain in "Hanna's War"
1992:
Forced to flee Serbia
1993:
Made British stage debut, "Smoke"; made London stage debut, "Brecht in Hollywood"
1994:
Had featured role in the Oscar-nominated foreign film "Before the Rain"
1997:
First Hollywood feature, "The Saint"
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Cast opposite Glenn Close in TV version of "South Pacific"
1998:
Co-starred in the feature "Mighty Joe Young"
1999:
Cast as Milich in the feature "Eyes Wide Shut," directed by Stanley Kubrick
1999:
Co-starred in the drama thriller "Stigmata"
2000:
Cast as Dr. Nekhorvich in John Woo's "Mission Impossible," which starred Tom Cruise
2001:
Co-starred in the made-for-television drama "South Pacific"
2002:
Co-starred as Professor Vigot in "The Quiet American"
2005:
Co-starred in a remake of the classic horror film "The Fog"
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Education

Academy for Dramatic Arts: - 1965

Notes

Serbedzija is one of the founding members of Wake Up World, a non-political platform for artists to raise awareness of the crisis in the former Yugoslavia

"Rade was THE film star of Yugoslavia before the country fell apart, and I saw him in dozens of films and plays when I was growing up . . . He's one of the sweetest people I've ever worked with. Rade has a big heart and there's a lot of suffering in his face--he's an odd combination of the old-fashioned romantic and something sort of beastly, and I think that's the essence of his appeal. And he's a fantastic, classically-trained actor--his Hamlet is legendary in Yugoslavia." --Milcho Manchevski in LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 26, 1995.

"Yugoslavian communism was different from Russian Communism--they were poor and we were not. We were happy people who lived well, and I had a wonderful life with everything I needed. The state cared about the people and no one died in the streets as they do here. We had a safe country and you could sleep in the park without fear of being robbed. So I was sorry to see communism go, and I was even more sorry to see what took its place. Unfortunately, the West chose to overlook the fact that war would inevitably come to Yugoslavia with the fall of communism." --Rade Serbedzija in LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 26, 1995.

"When I lost my native country, I also lost my audience and my language, so the only choices left to me are to learn a new language and become an international actor, or stop with my profession." --Serbedzija in LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 26, 1995.

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wife:
Lenka Udovicki. Married in 1990; niece of the president of Bolivia.

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daughter:
Lucija Serebedzija. Actor. Appeared in "The Saint".

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