Pepe Serna

Pepe Serna


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 23-07-1944
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
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  • Popularity: 1.21
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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."




Year Movie Character
2019 Flavor of Life
1989 The Forgotten as Sgt. Pepe Gutierrez
2015 Man from Reno as Paul Del Moral
1992 American Me as Mundo
1982 Vice Squad as Pete Mendez
1979 Walk Proud as Cesar
1981 300 Miles for Stephanie as Bobby Hernandez
2016 Under Water: Dive Deep as Lil' Big Me
1983 White Water Rebels as Harry Cutter
2006 Big Dreams Little Tokyo as Mr. Gonzalez
2001 Along for the Ride as Dr. Sanchez
2015 Road to Juarez as Fortunato
1978 Roots of Blood as Juan
2003 Deadly Swarm as Commandante Alvarez
2019 The Planters as Jesús
1975 The Desperate Miles as Ruiz
1974 The Gun as Natcho
1986 Out of Bounds as Murano
2016 Superpowerless as Dr. George Holst
2019 The Margarita Man as Jose Martinez
2004 Latin Dragon as Hector Sanchez
1990 Bad Jim as Virgilio Segura
1979 The Streets of L.A. as Sergeant Castro
1988 Break of Dawn as Hector
2019 From the Dead as Rodrigo
1985 Fandango as Gas Station Mechanic
1975 The Day of the Locust as Miguel
1976 The Killer Inside Me as Johnny Lopez
1984 Best Kept Secrets as Jim Ramos
1980 City in Fear as Raymond Zavala
1983 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez as Romaldo Cortez
1987 The Three Kings as Alex Sweetwood
1979 A Force of One as Orlando
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension as Reno Nevada
1993 Jonny's Golden Quest as Agent Menendez
1973 Group Marriage as Ramon
1980 Honeysuckle Rose as Rooster
1975 The Deadly Tower as Mano
1980 Inside Moves as Herrada
1983 Scarface as Angel
1997 The Brave as Alessandro
2016 Kill or Be Killed as Rudy Goebel
1971 Shoot Out as Pepe
1988 Human Error
1970 The Student Nurses as Luis
2006 The Black Dahlia as Tomas Dos Santos
2016 Monday Nights at Seven as Paul
1979 The Jerk as Punk #1
1988 Caddyshack II as Carlos
1994 A Million to Juan as Mr. Ortiz
1973 Miracle on 34th Street as Y Leader
1990 The Rookie as Lt. Raymond Garcia
1985 Streets of Justice as Det. Almos
2000 The Princess and the Barrio Boy as Bum
1984 Red Dawn as Mr. Mondragón
2016 Restored Me as Manny
1972 The New Centurions as Young Mexican Man
1990 Postcards from the Edge as Raoul
2017 Downsizing as Señor Cárdenas
1976 Swashbuckler as Street Entertainer
2014 Cake as Nuncio
1976 Car Wash as Chuco
2016 Kill or Be Killed
2019 From the Dead

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