Jerry Haleva on The Dude & The Dictator

Download this episode (right click and save)Jerry was born Jerome Michael Haleva in May of 1946. He served as chief of staff for Senator Bill Campbell (namesake for the Cal OES HQ building) from 1975-1990. But he’s more recognizable as an actor in his comedic roles as Saddam Hussein, especially due to his resemblance to the now deceased Iraqi dictator.  He says he’s a “rock star” among “Achievers,” fans of the movie “The Big Lebowski,” taking his place at the autograph table at annual Lebowski Fests alongside The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, as well as John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Julianne Moore and many other actors from the film.

To date (May 2003) his every credited acting role has been that of Saddam Hussein. (Source: IMDB)

He is currently a contract lobbyist (Sergeant Major Associates) and lives in Sacramento, California.

(Photos Courtesy of Jerry Haleva)

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Filmography (Source: IMDB)

2002 Live from Baghdad (TV Movie) ; Saddam Hussein

2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest; Hologram Saddam (as Jerry M. Haleva)

1998 Jane Austen’s Mafia!; Saddam Hussein

1998 The Big Lebowski; Saddam Hussein

1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux; Saddam Hussein

1991 Hot Shots!; Saddam Hussein (as Jerry Halera)

2009 The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans (Documentary) Saddam Hussein / Himself

 

Links/Resources

http://sgtmaj.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0355062/

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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