Jacques Sernas (Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas)

Jacques Sernas

Jacques Sernas, was a Lithuanian-born French actor with an international film career. He was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, the son of Jokūbas Šernas, a signatory of the 1918 Act of Independence of Lithuania, who died when Sernas was one year old. His mother took him to Paris, France, where Sernas received his formal education. During World War II, he joined the French Resistance and was captured and interned at the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany. After the war, Sernas was considering a career in medicine and then in journalism before turning to films. His first role was in Miroir (1946). In June 1955 Sernas married the Romanian journalist Maria Stella Signorini. They had a daughter Francesca born 1956. Sernas worked first as a leading man and later as a character actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Paris in the epic film Helen of Troy (1956). Sernas also appeared on American television, including the lead role in the 1956 Warner Brothers time travel production “Man from 1997” featuring James Garner. His more recent appearances have included appearing as a Cardinale Feltin in the television biographical film Pope John XXIII (it) (2002) and as Ambasciatore in the television comedy film Regina dei fiori (it) (2005). For the last 30 years Sernas lived and worked in Rome.


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  • July, 30, 1925
  • Kaunas, Lithuania


  • July, 03, 2015
  • Rome, Italy

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