Ivan Sergei has already made a name for himself in the independent film world with a star-making performance in "The Opposite of Sex." In addition to starring in the romantic comedy "Jack & Jill," he also has lead roles in two feature films.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Sergei got his proverbial big break at an open casting call for the Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer film "Dangerous Minds." Of Italian and Dutch descent, Sergei donned a goatee and landed a role as Huero, one of the troubled high school students playing opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. After spending the next four months in Los Angeles working on the film alongside both actors and real-life gang members, he moved west and has been working steadily as an actor ever since.
Sergei's breakout role came as the dim Adonis who is seduced by Christina Ricci's character in the 1998 acerbic sex comedy "The Opposite of Sex," also starring Lisa Kudrow, Martin Donovan and Lyle Lovett. With rave reviews at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and an acclaimed theatrical release, "The Opposite of Sex" launched Sergei as a rising star in the world of independent film.
His other two big-screen projects were also produced outside the studio system. In the comedy "We Met on the Vineyard," Sergei plays the romantic lead opposite Julianna Margulies as her character's betrothed who gets cold feet the day before their wedding. Sergei can also be seen in the Touchstone comedy "Playing Mona Lisa," with Alicia Witt. Additional feature film roles include a young deputy sheriff in the Western "Gunfighter's Moon," directed by Larry Ferguson.
On television, Sergei starred in the television movie "Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother" and the ensuing syndicated series "Once a Thief," about a prolific Hong Kong action hero, bringing his stellar sense of comic timing to the role of a fast-talking, karate-chopping James Bond for the '90s. He also appeared in the television movies "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?" and "If Someone Had Known" and had guest-starring roles on series such as "Touched by an Angel," "Cybill," "Party of Five" and "Kindred: The Embraced."
When not working, Sergei lives in Los Angeles and is a passionate student
of photography and video editing.
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