Serna, Pepe 1944–

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SERNA, Pepe 1944–


Born July 21, 1944, in Corpus Christi, TX; married; wife's name, Diane.

Addresses: Agent—Leavitt Talent Group, 6404 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 950, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Career: Actor and voice performer. Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA, member of New Theatre for Now Company, 1972–73; acting teacher; presenter of improvisational workshops. Also an artist; paintings represented in galleries and private homes.

Awards, Honors: Heritage Achievement Award, Screen Actors Guild; Estrella Award for Arts and Culture, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; award from the League of Latin American Citizens.


Film Appearances:

Luis, The Student Nurses, New World, 1970.

Chango Lopez, Red Sky at Morning, Universal, 1971.

Pepe, Shoot Out, Universal, 1971.

Young Mexican, The New Centurions (also known as Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police), Columbia, 1972.

Ramon, Group Marriage, Dimension Films, 1973.

Enrique, Hangup (also known as Super Dude), Warner Bros., 1974.

Miguel, The Day of the Locust, Paramount, 1975.

Chuco, Car Wash, Universal, 1976.

Johnny Lopez, The Killer inside Me, Warner Bros., 1976.

Juan Vallejo, Raices de sangre (also known as Roots of Blood), 1976.

Street entertainer, Swashbuckler (also known as Scarlet Buccaneer), 1976.

Cesar, Walk Proud, Universal, 1979.

First punk in blue Chevy, The Jerk, Universal, 1979.

Orlando, A Force of One, American Cinema, 1979.

Herrada, Inside Moves, Associated, 1980.

Rooster, Honeysuckle Rose (also known as On the Road Again), Warner Bros., 1980.

Pete Mendez, Vice Squad, Hemdale, 1982.

Angel Fernandez, Scarface, Universal, 1983.

Loco, Heartbreaker, Monorex, 1983.

Vardis, Deal of the Century, Warner Bros., 1983.

Aardvark's father, Red Dawn, United Artists, 1984.

Reno Nevada, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension (also known as The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1984.

Gas station mechanic, "The Wedding," Fandango, Warner Bros., 1985.

Scruffy, Silverado, Columbia, 1985.

Murano, Out of Bounds, Columbia, 1986.

Carlos, Caddyshack II, Warner Bros., 1988.

Virgilio Segura, Bad Jim, 1989.

Lieutenant Ray Garcia, The Rookie, Warner Bros., 1990.

Raoul, Postcards from the Edge, Columbia, 1990.

Mundo, American Me, Universal, 1992.

Dock official, Only You, 1992.

Voice, Roosters, 1993.

Mr. Ortiz and Jorge, A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One), Samuel Goldwyn, 1994.

Harlan Ramirez, Im Sog des Boesen (also known as Deadly Measures, Desperate Measures, In the Flesh, Nanny's Nightmare, Undercurrent, and Desperate—Verzweifelt), 1995.

Danny, Land of Milk and Honey, 1996.

The Brave, Filmax, 1997.

Dr. Sanchez, Along for the Ride, Montivagus Productions, 2000.

Florencio, Picking Up the Pieces, Kushner–Locke, 2000.

Herman Ortiz, Daybreak (also known as Rapid Transit), Off Track Productions, 2000.

Rick, Luminarias, New Latin Pictures, 2000.

Restaurateur, Bread and Roses (also known as Pan y rosas), Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Carlos, You Got Nothin', Passage Entertainment, 2002.

Hector Rivera, Devil's Knight, MTI Home Video, 2003.

Hector Sanchez, Latin Dragon, Screen Media Ventures, 2003.

Raoul, Exposed, Mainline Releasing, 2003.

Film Work:

Automated dialogue replacement voice, Deceived, Buena Vista, 1991.

Associate producer, Luminarias, New Latin Pictures, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Emille Sanchez, Feel the Heat, ABC, 1983.

Salvador "Sal" Lopez, Second Chances, CBS, 1993–1994.

Sal Lopez, Hotel Malibu, CBS, 1994.

Voice of Mr. Sanchez, The PJs (also known as PJs: The Projects), Fox, 1999–2000, The WB, 2000–2001.

Uncle Jorge Romo, Kingpin, NBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Atif Sadat, Sadat, Operation Prime Time, 1983.

Carter, A Year in the Life, NBC, 1986.

John Colluci, The Fortunate Pilgrim (also known as Mamma Lucia and Mario Puzo's the Fortunate Pilgrim), 1988.

Alfredo Zavala, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story, NBC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Y Leader, Miracle on 34th Street, 1973.

Charlie Parelli, The Last Angry Man, ABC, 1974.

Natcho, The Gun, ABC, 1974.

Mano, The Deadly Tower (also known as Sniper), NBC, 1975.

Ruiz, The Desperate Miles, ABC, 1975.

Carlos Ruiz, McNaughton's Daughter, NBC, 1976.

Illegal immigrant, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo, CBS, 1977.

Jim Ramos, The Bermuda Depths, ABC, 1978.

Sergeant Castro, The Streets of L.A., CBS, 1979.

Raymond Zavala, City in Fear, ABC, 1980.

Bobby Hernandez, Three Hundred Miles for Stephanie, NBC, 1981.

Vito, The Monkey Mission, NBC, 1981.

Harry Cutter, White Water Rebels, CBS, 1983.

Jim Ramos, Best Kept Secrets, ABC, 1984.

Detective Almos, Streets of Justice, NBC, 1985.

Alex, The Three Kings, 1987.

Sergeant Pepe Gutierrez, The Forgotten, USA Network, 1989.

Pete Caususe, Conagher (also known as Louis L'Amour's Conagher), TNT, 1991.

Voice of Agent Menendez, Jonny's Golden Quest (animated), USA Network, 1993.

Bum, The Princess and the Barrio Boy (also known as She's in Love), Showtime, 2000.

Commandante Alvarez, Deadly Swarm, Sci–Fi Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Marpo, "Hot Summer Winds," American Playhouse, PBS, 1976.

Manuel Flores, "Seguin," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982.

Romaldo Cortez, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982.

Hector Gonzalez, "Break of Dawn," American Playhouse, PBS, 1989.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jose, "Flight Plan," Cannon, CBS, 1971.

Alphonso, "Broken Mirror," Mannix, CBS, 1972.

Los Vidrios, "The Chalice," Kung Fu, ABC, 1973.

Phil Diaz, "Violent Homecoming," Police Story, NBC, 1973.

Enorio Patias, "Be Careful What You Pray For," Kojak, CBS, 1975.

Roger, "Operation Action," Adam–12, NBC, 1975.

"The Torch Man," The Rookies, ABC, 1975.

Diego Serra, "Bloodlines," Cannon, CBS, 1976.

Ray Ochoa, "The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1976.

"The Ninja," Baretta, ABC, 1976.

Javier Innatta, "The Epidemic," Rafferty, CBS, 1977.

Rudy Diaz, "The Summer of '69: Parts 1 & 2," Kojak, CBS, 1977.

"It's Hard but It's Fair," Baretta, ABC, 1977.

Danny, "Vintage '54," CHiPs, NBC, 1978.

Frank Garcia, "Campesinos," Lou Grant, CBS, 1981.

Cortez, "This Is the One the Suit Was Meant For," The Greatest American Hero, ABC, 1982.

Julio Rodriguez, "Landmark: Part 1," Barney Miller, ABC, 1982.

Frank Fierro, "The Snow Game," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1984.

Ramon, "I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been ... a Spy," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1984.

Raymond Cassiano, "The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Lieutenant Barra, "The Enchilada Express," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1985.

Lupo, "Knight Sting," Knight Rider, NBC, 1985.

Arthur, "Suitcase," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1986.

Tomas Jefferson, "The Theory of Revolution," The A Team, NBC, 1986.

Zabado, "Yankee Dollar," Miami Vice, NBC, 1986.

Oswaldo Guzman, "Down for the Count: Parts 1 & 2," Miami Vice, NBC, 1987.

Sanchez, "Renegade," Hunter, NBC, 1988.

Manuel Vega, "All Americans—November 6, 1962," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1990.

Ruben Monteban, "Bloodsport," DEA, Fox, 1990.

Ruben Monteban, "MethLab," DEA, Fox, 1990.

El Gallo, "13th Episode Anniversary Special," Good Grief, Fox, 1991.

Ruben Monteban, "The Connection," DEA: Special Task Force, Fox, 1991.

Ruben Monteban, "Dance with the Devil, DEA: Special Task Force, Fox, 1991.

Walter Padilla, "The Suspect," Matlock, NBC, 1992.

Luis, Frannie's Turn, CBS, 1992.

Santana, Dudley, CBS, 1993.

Captain Collins, "A Blast from the Past," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995.

Roberto, "World Killer," Sliders, Fox, 1998.

Pappa Vasquez, "The Parent Trap," Jesse, NBC, 1999.

Voice of stevedore, "The Next Gen," The Zeta Project (animated), The WB, 2001.

"Compadres," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2001.

"The Barber Shop," American Family, PBS, 2002.

"The Forgotten War" (also known as "The Korean War"), American Family, PBS, 2002.

Voice of Shifflet, "Hearts and Minds: Parts 1 & 2," Justice League (animated; also known as JL, JLA, and Justice League of America), The Cartoon Network, 2003.

Appeared in Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated), TNT and syndicated.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Viva, Car Wash, NBC, 1979.

Vito, Joe Dancer: The Monkey Mission, NBC, 1981.

Recruit Joe Montoya, The 25th Man, NBC, 1982.

Emille Sanchez, Feel the Heat, ABC, 1983.

Mateo Cordero, Fort Figueroa, 1988.

Television Additional Voices; Animated Series:

Scooby and Scrappy–Doo, ABC, 1979–1980.

Pirates of Dark Water (also known as Dark Water), ABC, 1991–1992.

Stage Appearances:

Zoot Suit, Mark Taper Forum New Theatre for Now, Los Angeles, 1978.

Appeared in El Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco: A One Man Performance; appeared in a Mexican production of the musical Hair.



(In archive footage) Himself, Buckaroo Banzai Declassified, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.


Writings for the Stage:

Author of El Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco: A One Man Performance.



Pepe Serna Official Site,, June 27, 2004.