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Herschel Bernardi

Highest Rated:   100% Murder by Contract (1958)
Lowest Rated:   75% The Front (1976)
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Herschel Bernardi, along with his actor-brother Jack, was the product of a long-established family of Yiddish performers. On stage from childhood, Bernardi made his first on-camera appearances in a brace of Yiddish-language films, Green Fields and Yankel the Blacksmith, both lensed in New Jersey in 1939. While successful in ethnic productions, Herschel encountered resistance from producers of mainstream Broadway plays, one of whom advised the actor to wait until he "grew into" his character-actor face. As Harold Bernardi, he played a bit in the 1945 Hollywood film Miss Susie Slagle's. He was one of several actors blacklisted for their alleged leftist politics in the 1950s, an experience he relived as a cast member of the 1976 film The Front. Shortly after being "exonerated," Bernardi was cast in the recurring role of Lt. Jacoby on the late-1950s series Peter Gunn, an assignment for which he won an Emmy. In 1969, Bernardi played the starring part of a blue-collar worker thrust into the executive pool in the TV sitcom Arnie. He also provided voiceovers for hundreds of cartoons and commercials, "starring" as Charley the Tuna and the Jolly Green Giant. On Broadway in the 1960s and '70s, Herschel Bernardi starred in over 700 performances of Fiddler on the Roof and also played the lead in the musical Zorba; at one juncture, Bernardi had so strained his vocal chords that he was ordered by his doctor not to speak for a full year, lest he permanently lose his voice.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Great Bible Stories: David & Goliath
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Four for Thrills - Edgar Allen Poe and Others
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Actor: The Paul Muni Story
  • Actor
1978
75% The Front
  • Phil Sussman
1976
No Score Yet No Deposit, No Return
  • Sgt. Turner
1976
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz
  • Woodenhead Pinto Stallion III
1974
No Score Yet The Story of Jacob and Joseph
  • Laban
1974
No Score Yet No Place to Run
  • Hyam Malsh
1972
No Score Yet The Golden Age of 2nd Avenue
  • Host
1969
No Score Yet The Honey Pot
  • Oscar Ludwig
1967
No Score Yet The Man from Button Willow
  • (voice)
1965
89% Love with the Proper Stranger
  • Dominick Rossini
1963
86% Irma La Douce
  • Insp. LeFevre
1963
No Score Yet The George Raft Story
  • Sam
1961
No Score Yet A Cold Wind In August
  • Juley Franz
1961
No Score Yet The Savage Eye
  • Kirk
1960
100% Murder by Contract
  • George
1958
No Score Yet Stakeout on Dope Street
  • Mr. Fennel
1958
No Score Yet Crime, Inc.
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet The Singing Blacksmith
  • Young Yankel
1938
No Score Yet Green Fields
  • Avrum-Yankov
1937
No Score Yet Actor
  • Actor

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