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Rade Šerbedžija

Rade Šerbedžija at the 12th Annual Satellite Awards
Born Rade Šerbedžija
July 27, 1946 (1946-07-27) (age 63)
Bunić, Yugoslavia
Occupation Film and theatre actor
Spouse(s) Lenka Udovički

Rade Šerbedžija (Serbian Cyrillic: Раде Шербеџија; occasionally credited as Rade Sherbedgia in some English-language productions; born 27 July 1946 in Bunić, Yugoslavia, today Croatia)[1] is a Croatian actor, director and musician of Serb origin. He was one of the most popular Yugoslav actors in the 1970s and 1980s. He is now internationally known mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films during the 1990s and 2000s. Recently, Šerbedžija received attention for his recurring role as former Soviet Army General Dmitri Gredenko in the sixth season of TV action series 24.




Personal life

Šerbedžija was born in the village of Bunić in Lika, Croatia, Yugoslavia, to an ethnic Serb family. Benicio del Toro was his neighbor for a period of time while he was living in the U.S. For a while he lived in the Fužine area of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Šerbedžija plays the guitar and sings. Šerbedžija has said that he puts his funds in Slovenia but is more comfortable working in Croatia.[2]

Career in Yugoslavia

In 1969, he graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts of the University of Zagreb and then worked as a theater actor in the theater "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. He had various notable film roles, 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).

Rade founded the Ulysses Theater with Borislav Vujčić in Brijuni, where he also directs and acts in most plays. The theater was founded in 2000 and is very successful so far.

International career

In the early 1990s, during the course of the Yugoslav wars, he acted in a few films from various parts of former Yugoslavia, including the Macedonian film Before the Rain in 1994. Šerbedžija then also acted in various western European films before he emigrated to the United States.

He is perhaps most often recognized by world audiences for his supporting roles in Hollywood films such as Mission: Impossible II, 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 offered to reprise his cameo role in The Dark Knight but opted not to.

In 2001, he starred in an elaborate television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific in the role of the French plantation owner, Emile de Becque. He was also involved in the BBC Television production of the spy-thriller show Spooks for one episode as a villain. In autumn of 2005, Šerbedžija had a supporting role in the NBC science fiction series Surface. His most recent role is in Jeremy Podeswa's feature film adaptation of Anne Michaels' novel Fugitive Pieces, where he plays the character Athos Roussos. His most recent successful role is that of Captain Blake in Rupert Wainwright's remake of The Fog.

He portrayed the part of Dmitri Gredenko on the sixth season of the hit Fox show 24.

On May 26, 2009, Rade Šerbedžija announced that he has been cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He will play the famous foreign wandmaker Gregorovitch, a 'brief but very important' role. He will begin filming in November 2009. After he announced his casting at a press conference for Fugitive Pieces, he added that he knew he had the role six months ago.


Year Title Character
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Gregorovitch
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Gregorovitch
2009 Blossom Ray
2009 Projekat Mane Paripovic
2009 Kao Rani Mraz Stari Vasa Ladacki
2009 Middle Men Nikita Sokoloff
2009 CSI: Miami Alexander Sharova
2009 Thick as Thieves Nicky/Victor
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Yuri Volkalov
2008 Quarantine Yuri Ivanov
2008 The Eye Simon McCullough
2007 Fugitive Pieces Athos
2007 Battle in Seattle Dr. Maric
2007 24 (TV series) Dmitri Gredenko
2007 Shooter Mikhaylo Serbiak
2006 Moscow Zero Sergei
2005 Surface Dr. Aleksander Cirko
2005 Batman Begins Homeless Man
2005 The Fog Captain Blake
2004 EuroTrip Tibor
2003 Quicksand Oleg Butraskaya
2002 The Quiet American Inspector Vigot
2001 South Pacific Emile De Becque
2000 Space Cowboys General Vostow
2000 Mission: Impossible II Dr. Nekhorvich
2000 Snatch Boris 'The Blade' Yurinov
1999 Eyes Wide Shut Mr. Milich
1998 Mighty Joe Young Andrei Strasser
1997 The Saint Ivan Tretiak
1996 Broken English Ivan
1994 Before the Rain Alexandar


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