Pepe Serna

Pepe Serna

  • Born on
    • July 23rd, 1944
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."

Starring Pepe Serna on Plex


Acting (29 Credits)

2017Downsizing as Señor Cárdenas
2015Kill or Be Killed as Rudy Goebel
2014Man from Reno as Paul Del Moral
2014Cake as Nuncio
2006The Black Dahlia as Tomas Dos Santos
1999The PJs
1997The Brave as Alessandro
1994A Million to Juan as Mr. Ortiz
1992American Me as Mundo
1990The Rookie as Lt. Raymond Garcia
1990Postcards from the Edge as Raoul
1988Caddyshack II as Carlos
1986Out of Bounds as Murano
1985Fandango as Gas Station Mechanic
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension as Reno Nevada
1984Red Dawn as Mr. Mondragón
1983Scarface as Angel
1982Vice Squad as Pete Mendez
1980Honeysuckle Rose as Rooster
1980Inside Moves as Herrada
1979A Force of One as Orlando
1979The Jerk as Punk #1
1976Car Wash as Chuco
1976Swashbuckler as Street Entertainer
1975The Day of the Locust as Miguel
1975The Deadly Tower as Mano
1973Miracle on 34th Street as Y Leader
1972The New Centurions as Young Mexican Man
1971Shoot Out as Pepe

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