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Herschel Bernardi ACTOR


Herschel Bernardi was born on October 30th, 1923 in New York City, New York to parents, Berel and Laina Bernardi.  His was born into a family already involved in show business, therefore, from a young age he was already performing on stage with his family.
His family was Yiddish and there was a Yiddish-language theater in New York City where his family would all perform on stage.  After gaining quite a bit of experience as a child stage actor he continued to work in the field of entertainment as a teenage boy breaking into the film industry.
His film debut was in, "Green Fields" (1937) followed by, "Yankel the Blacksmith" (1939) which were both shot in Yiddish.  As Bernardi got older, he stuck to making his living as a working actor.
He began working on a number of Hollywood films but for a while his career suffered when he was black listed briefly in Hollywood and had to be cleared by the anti-communists who helped get his career back on track.
He returned to acting appearing in films as well as television and remained working as a stage actor soon appearing on Broadway in such productions as, "Fiddler on the Roof", "Zorba" and "Bajour".
He added a number of film credits to his resume, some of which include, "The Savage Eye" (1960), "Irma la Douce" (1963), "Love with the Proper Stranger" (1963) starring Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood, "The Front" (1976) and "No Deposit, No Return" (1976).
Some of his more well known television roles were on such series as, "Harbor Command", "The Eleventh Hour", "State Trooper", "Route 66", "Bonanza", "Dr. Kildare", "Peter Gunn" and he also had a starring role on the sitcom, "Arnie" which aired on CBS.  For his performance he received two Golden Globe nominations. 
Along with his work in film, stage and television he did a variety of voice over projects that ranged from commercial work to narrating films and cartoon voices.  Some of his voice over projects include, "The Man From Button Willow" (1965), "The Ghost Monster" (1970) and "The Drifter" (1970).
Prior to him passing, some of his more recent roles were in the television series, "Murder, She Wrote" (1985), "Hail to the Chief" (1985), "Highway to Heaven" (1986) and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1986).
He married only once to Teri Bernardi and they had one child together, Michael Bernardi.  They remained married until he passed away in his sleep at the age of sixty two from a heart attack on May 9th, 1986 in Los Angeles, California.  His remains are buried at Mt. Sinai memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.  


1986   Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

1986   Highway to Heaven

1986   David and Goliath 

1985   Hail to the Chief 

1985   Murder, She Wrote 

1981   The Million Dollar Face 

1979   $weepstake$

1978   Actor 

1977   Seventh Avenue 

1976   Newman's Drugstore

1976   The Front 

1976   No Deposit, No Return

1975   Lucas Tanner 

1974   Journey Back to Oz

1974   The Story of Jacob and Joseph 

1974   Judgement: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

1972   Sandcastles

1972   No Place to Run

1970-1972  Arnie

1971   The Big Freeze

1970   The Shocker

1970   But I Don't Want to Get Married!

1970   The Drifter

1970   The Ghost Monster

1968   A Hatful of Rain

1968   The Red Skelton Hour

1967   Lamp Unto My Feet 

1967   The Honey Pot 

1966   Mighty Heroes

1965   The Fugitive

1965   The Trials of O'Brien

1965   The Doctors and the Nurses

1965   Profiles in Courage

1965   The Man from Button Willow

1965   Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland

1964   Vacation Playhouse

1964   Insight

1964   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

1964   The Defenders

1964   Kraft Suspense Theatre

1964   Burke's Law 

1964   Grindl 

1962-1964  Route 66

1964   The Hangman 

1963   Love with the Proper Stranger 

1963   The Eleventh Hour 

1963   Mr. Novak 

1963   Irma la Douce 

1962-1963  The Dick Powell Theatre

1963   Car 54, Where Are You?

1962   The Untouchables 

1962   Naked City 

1962   Sam Benedict

1962   The Flintstones 

1962   The Detectives 

1962   Checkmate 

1961-1962  Dr. Kildare

1961   Top Cat 

1961   The George Raft Story 

1961   Cain's Hundred

1961   Bonanza

1961   A Cold Wind in August 

1958-1961  Peter Gunn

1960   The Savage Eye 

1959   1001 Arabian Nights 

1958   Murder by Contract 

1958   M Squad 

1958   Schlitz Playhouse 

1958   Zorro 

1956-1958  Matinee Theatre

1958   State Trooper 

1958   Stakeout on Dope Street

1958   The Court of Last Resort

1958   Mike Hammer

1958   Harbor Command 

1958   Suspicion

1958   The Walter Winchell File

1947   Danger Street 

1945   Crime, Inc. 

1938   The Singing Blacksmith 

1937   Green Fields

Matinee Classics - The George Raft Story starring Ray Danton, Jayne Mansfield, Julie London, Barrie Chase, Frank Gorshin, Barbara Nichols, Brad Dexter, Margo Moore, Neville Brand, Herschel Bernardi, Joe De Santis and Jack Albertson
Matinee Classics - The Great Rights starring the voices of Herschel Bernardi, Daws Butler, June Foray and Bill Scott
Matinee Classics - Peter Gunn starring Craig Stevens, Lola Albright, Herschel Bernardi and Hope Emerson

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