Herschel Bernardi

About Herschel Bernardi

Who is it?: Actor, Soundtrack, Writer
Birth Day: October 30, 1923
Birth Place:  New York City, New York, United States
Cause of death: Heart attack
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1937-1986
Spouse(s): Teri Bernardi (?-1986) (his death)
Children: Michael Bernardi

Herschel Bernardi

Herschel Bernardi was born on October 30, 1923 in  New York City, New York, United States, is Actor, Soundtrack, Writer. The character actor Herschel Bernadi was born into a theatrical family on October 30, 1923 in New York, New York. The Yiddish-language theater in the United States was centered in New York City's Lower East Side, on Second Avenue, and the Bernardi family were stage people who plied their craft in Yiddish, as did the Adler Family (Jacob and his children Luther and Stella), Paul Muni and the young Sidney Lumet. The young Herschel was a trouper, and appeared on the stage as a child and as a teenager. As a teen, he appeared in the movies Green Fields (1937) and Yankel the Blacksmith (1939), which were shot in Yiddish and directed by future Hollywood B-movie helmer Edward Ulmer.The adult Bernardi, who briefly used the name "Harold" professionally in place of the more ethnic-sounding "Herschel," appeared in bit parts in Hollywood B pictures. In the early 1950s, his movie and television career suffered when he was blacklisted for alleged leftist sympathies. He was forced to go through the process of being "cleared" by the professional anti-communist witch-hunters general who made a profit from the blacklist. After being cleared, Bernardi began to work steadily in TV, the movies and on the stage.In 1958, he made his first impact on popular American culture as Lieutenant Jacoby, the hapless policeman who was a friend of Craig Stevens' eponymous private detective Peter Gunn (1958) in Blake Edwards' influential TV series. "Peter Gunn" was heavily indebted to both film noir, German expression and California cool jazz, and the contrast of Bernardi's harassed Jacoby with the cooly patrician Gunn of Craig Stevens was part of the dynamic that drove the series.For his role as Lt. Jacoby, Herschel Bernardi received his sole Emmy nomination, in 1959.Possessed of a resonant voice, Bernardi did a lot of voice over work on television, providing the "Ho ho ho!" of the Green Giant and the voice of Charley the Tuna in TV commercials. Most famously, he used his singing voice to take over for Zero Mostel as Tevye the milkman in the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof (1971), which was a smash hit when it debuted in 1964. In addition to two stints on Broadway, in both the original show and the revival, Bernardi played Tevye in several road show tours. He was nominated for a Tony in the Broadway revival. He received his first Tony nomination in 1969 playing the lead in the musical "Zorba."Off the Broadway stage, Herschel Bernadi was a supporting character due to his average if not downright homely face. Yet, in 1970, Bernardi finally played a leading man in a filmed entertainment, when he was cast as Arnie Nuovo, an ethnic, blue-collar worker who is promoted off of the loading dock into management by an eccentric business owner. As the eponymous Arnie (1970), Bernardi was twice nominated for a Golden Globe. The series was canceled after two seasons.Bernardi continued to find steady work as a character actor, mostly on TV. In 1976, he appeared in support of Woody Allen in Martin Ritt's The Front (1976), a movie about the Hollywood blacklist that also featured the other of the Big Three Tevyes, Zero Mostel. (Both Bernardi and Mostel were beaten out for the role in the Fiddler on the Roof (1971) movie by Topol, who received an Oscar nomination in the role and took over Bernardi's place as Tevye in traveling road shows of "Fiddler on the Roof" after Bernardi's death.) Mostel, like Ritt, had been blacklisted in the 1950s.Herschel Bernadi died on May 9, 1986 at the age of 63, still a working actor whose services were in demand from childhood.
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As per our current Database, Herschel Bernardi has been died on May 9, 1986(1986-05-09) (aged 62)\nLos Angeles, California, U.S..

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When Herschel Bernardi die, Herschel Bernardi was 62 years old.

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Occupation Actor
Age 62 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 30, 1923 ( New York City, New York, United States)
Birthday October 30
Town/City  New York City, New York, United States
Nationality United States

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Born in New York City, into the Yiddish theatre, the younger son of Berel Bernardi and Helen Bernardi, Herschel was appearing on the stages of 2nd Avenue with his acting family before he could talk. In the 1930s, Bernardi appeared in the Yiddish films of Edgar G. Ulmer and was later among those actors who made the transition from Yiddish-speaking roles in film to American films. Herschel was the brother of Jack Bernardi (who played Harvey Pulp in "It's a Bikini World)."


Bernardi was in several notable films, including Murder by Contract (1958), A Cold Wind in August (1961), The George Raft Story (1961), Irma La Douce (1963), Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), No Deposit, No Return (1976), and The Front (1976), a film about blacklisting in the entertainment industry. Bernardi was the victim of blacklisting during the 1950s, as were several other performers and the Screenwriter and Director on that film. Bernardi also narrated and emceed The Golden Age of Second Avenue, a 1969 film documentary about the Yiddish theatre movement on New York's Lower East Side of the early-to-mid-20th century (where Bernardi had launched his acting career).


In 1961, the Vanguard Recording Society issued a long playing record (VRS9074) 'Chocolate Covered Matzohs', which was recorded 'live' in front of an audience at the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center of Los Angeles, California and was a collection of sentimental and wryly humorous tales in Yiddish and English of Jewish immigration into the US at the turn of the 20th century and also featured some songs.


In 1963, he was cast as Mr. Otis, a Teacher who mostly ignores his students, in the episode, "I Don't Even Live Here", of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus.


Herschel Bernardi also had two minor record hits, 1967's "If I Were A Rich Man", reflecting his success as Tevye, and 1971's "Pencil Marks On The Wall".


In 1970, Bernardi was the lead in the CBS sitcom Arnie. Bernardi starred for two years as someone plucked from the loading dock of a flange company to become an executive. He voiced Woodhead the rocking horse in Filmation's Journey Back to Oz. He also provided the Cowardly Lion's singing voice while Milton Berle provided the character's speaking voice. He also appeared as Joe Vitelli in the 1977 TV miniseries Seventh Avenue.


Bernardi died in his sleep of a sudden heart attack in Los Angeles, California, on May 9, 1986. He was 62 years old and was survived by his wife, Terry, and son Michael; three children from a previous marriage, Adam, Beryl and Robin; and brothers Jack, also an actor, and Sam. Bernardi is buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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