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Rade Serbedzija

RADE SHERBEDGIA is one of Croatia's best known and most highly praised actors, with a career on screen spanning more than four decades. Born in the village of Buniæ in the former Yugoslavia, Sherbedgia studied acting at the University of Zagreb, and excelled in student productions. An early performance as Hamlet, at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, made Sherbedgia a star, and the actor had notable roles in a string of Yugoslav film and television productions.

Sherbedgia's international breakthrough came in 1988, when he was cast by Menahem Golan to play a captain interrogating a woman who had saved thousands of children from the Holocaust in Hanna's War. He starred alongside Ellen Burstyn, Donald Pleasance and David Warner.

Forced to flee to Belgrade, Serbia after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Sherbedgia performed in a number of Western European films before immigrating to the United States.

Sherbedgia made an instant mark on Hollywood, starring in films such as Mission: Impossible II, Eyes Wide Shut, Snatch, Shooter and Batman Begins.

Sherbedgia picked up a string of awards and recognition for his role in Jeremy Podeswa's 2007 film Fugitive Pieces, as Athos Roussos. On television, he received acclaim for his performance as a Russian arms supplier who meets the wrath of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer, in the sixth season of the popular action series 24.

More recently, Sherbedgia played the role of Gregorovich, a renowned foreign wand-maker, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He had a key role in Angelina Jolie's debut feature as a director, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.
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Rade Serbedzija Facts

BirthdayJuly 27, 1946 (75)
BirthplaceBunic kraj Korenice, Croatia

Selected Filmography

Fugitive Pieces
Mission: Impossible II
Mighty Joe Young
The Saint
The Eye
Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge
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