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Pepe Serna

Durable Mexican-American actor Pepe Serna has appeared in more than 100 feature films and 300 television shows, but is most recognized for his gritty support performances in a variety of motion pictures, including Scarface (1983) as Al Pacino's ill-fated cocaine partner, as well as the western Silverado (1985) with Kevin Costner, the crime yarn The Rookie (1990) starring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen, and the drama American Me (1992) starring Edward James Olmos. In a career surpassing five decades, Pepe's characters have played on both sides of the law -- from drug peddlers to sheriffs. He was born (and raised) in Corpus Christi, Texas on July 23, 1944, the son of a naval base interpreter for Latin American pilots and a hairdresser. His desires to become an actor happened early in life, moving to Hollywood in 1969 to finally pursue his dreams. He didn't have to wait long to find steady Latino work on film and TV. Making an inauspicious debut in the exploitation film The Student Nurses (1970), Pepe found more "A" quality work after being discovered by producer Hal B. Wallis for the coming-of-age film Tim Belcher starring Richard Thomas and Catherine Burns and the western Shoot Out (1971) starring Gregory Peck. Specializing in urban, streetwise roles, he went on to mix a number of popular films (The New Centurions (1972), The Day of the Locust (1975), Car Wash (1976), A Force of One (1979), Walk Proud (1979), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Inside Moves (1980), Deal of the Century (1983), Red Dawn (1984), Caddyshack II (1988)) with a slew of popular TV crime dramas such as "Mannix," "Police Story," "Adam-12," "The Rookies," "The Rockford Files," "Baretta," "Kojak," "CHiPs," "Barney Miller," "Scarecrow & Mrs. King," "T.J. Hooker," "Simon & Simon," "Hill Street Blues," "Miami Vice," "Cagney & Lacey" and "Diagnosis Murder." Long married to wife Diane, Pepe is a noted keynote teacher and motivational speaker who tours colleges and universities. His strong sideline as a painter has been met with critical success, having been commissioned quite frequently. His vibrant paintings and one-man stage shows reflect a serious return to his Mexican roots and was the subject of the 2015 short documentary "Life Is Art."


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Born:
Jul 23, 1944 In Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
97
First Appeared:
In the series Mannix 1967-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie The Planters 2019-09-23
Known For
Poster of Downsizing
Poster of Cake
Poster of The Black Dahlia
Poster of The Killer Inside Me
Filmography
Movie Flavor of Life Unknown 2019-01-01
Movie From the Dead Rodrigo 2019-07-12
Movie The Margarita Man Jose Martinez 2019-07-31
Movie The Planters Jesús 2019-09-23
Series Dimension 404 Wally Nash 2017-04-04
Movie Downsizing Señor Cárdenas 2017-12-22
Movie Kill or Be Killed Rudy Goebel 2016-03-01
Movie Superpowerless Dr. George Holst 2016-07-24
Movie Restored Me Manny 2016-09-11
Movie Monday Nights at Seven Paul 2016-10-08
Movie Under Water: Dive Deep Lil' Big Me 2016-09-30
Movie Man from Reno Paul Del Moral 2015-03-27
Movie Road to Juarez Fortunato 2015-04-24
Movie Cake Nuncio 2014-09-07
Movie Big Dreams Little Tokyo Mr. Gonzalez 2006-01-01
Movie The Black Dahlia Tomas Dos Santos 2006-09-15
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Movie Latin Dragon Hector Sanchez 2004-09-07
Movie Deadly Swarm Commandante Alvarez 2003-09-20
Series Kingpin Unknown 2003-02-02
Series The Zeta Project Unknown 2001-01-27
Movie Along for the Ride Dr. Sanchez 2001-02-17
Movie The Princess and the Barrio Boy Bum 2000-12-08
Series The PJs Unknown 1999-01-10
Series Jesse Unknown 1998-09-24
Movie The Brave Alessandro 1997-07-30
Series Sliders Roberto 1995-03-22
Movie A Million to Juan Mr. Ortiz 1994-05-15
Series Hotel Malibu Unknown 1994-08-04
Movie Jonny's Golden Quest Agent Menendez 1993-04-04
Series Second Chances Salvador Lopez 1993-11-25
Movie American Me Mundo 1992-03-13
Movie Bad Jim Virgilio Segura 1990-04-25
Movie The Rookie Lt. Raymond Garcia 1990-01-18
Series DEA Unknown 1990-09-07
Movie Postcards from the Edge Raoul 1990-09-14
Series Quantum Leap Unknown 1989-03-26
Movie The Forgotten Sgt. Pepe Gutierrez 1989-04-26
Movie Caddyshack II Carlos 1988-07-22
Movie Human Error Unknown 1988-01-01
Movie Break of Dawn Hector 1988-12-01
Movie The Three Kings Alex Sweetwood 1987-12-17
Movie Out of Bounds Murano 1986-07-25
Movie Fandango Gas Station Mechanic 1985-01-25
Movie Streets of Justice Det. Almos 1985-11-10
Movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Reno Nevada 1984-08-15
Movie Best Kept Secrets Jim Ramos 1984-03-26
Movie Red Dawn Mr. Mondragón 1984-08-10
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series The A-Team Tómas Jefferson 1983-01-23
Movie The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Romaldo Cortez 1983-08-19
Movie White Water Rebels Harry Cutter 1983-01-01
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie Scarface Angel 1983-12-09
Series T. J. Hooker Unknown 1982-03-13
Movie Vice Squad Pete Mendez 1982-01-22
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Series Knight Rider Lupo 1982-09-26
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie 300 Miles for Stephanie Bobby Hernandez 1981-01-21
Series The Greatest American Hero Unknown 1981-03-18
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie City in Fear Raymond Zavala 1980-03-30
Movie Honeysuckle Rose Rooster 1980-07-18
Movie Inside Moves Herrada 1980-12-19
Movie A Force of One Orlando 1979-06-01
Movie Walk Proud Cesar 1979-06-15
Movie The Streets of L.A. Sergeant Castro 1979-11-13
Movie The Jerk Punk #1 1979-12-14
Movie Roots of Blood Juan 1978-02-09
Series The Paper Chase Unknown 1978-09-09
Series Rafferty Unknown 1977-09-05
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Movie The Killer Inside Me Johnny Lopez 1976-10-01
Movie Swashbuckler Street Entertainer 1976-01-01
Movie Car Wash Chuco 1976-10-22
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Series Baretta Unknown 1975-01-17
Movie The Desperate Miles Ruiz 1975-03-05
Movie The Deadly Tower Mano 1975-10-18
Series Bronk Unknown 1975-09-21
Movie The Day of the Locust Miguel 1975-05-07
Series The Rockford Files Ray Ochoa 1974-09-13
Movie The Gun Natcho 1974-11-13
Movie Group Marriage Ramon 1973-03-01
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie Miracle on 34th Street Y Leader 1973-12-14
Movie The New Centurions Young Mexican Man 1972-08-03
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie Shoot Out Pepe 1971-08-16
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie The Student Nurses Luis 1970-12-02
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16