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Joseph Bernard
Born (1923-12-12)December 12, 1923
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died April 3, 2006(2006-04-03) (aged 82)
^New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, acting teacher
Years active 1951–1995
Spouse(s) Bina (1952–2001; her death; 2 children)
Family Bella J. Bernard (daughter) Sam Bernard (son) Molly Bernard (granddaughter)

Joseph Bernard (December 12, 1923 – April 3, 2006) was an American actor and acting teacher who appeared in 25 Broadway plays and several movies and TV appearances in the 1950s through 1970s.

Bernard was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied at New York's New School for Social Research with acting teacher Stella Adler. One of his New School classmates was Marlon Brando.[1]

Bernard was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the D-Day invasion of France. After the war, he appeared in the play Winter Soldiers and then Skipper Next to God, directed by Lee Strasberg and starring John Garfield, with whom he became friends. Garfield was Bernard's best man at his marriage to his wife, Bina, whom he wed in 1952. Bina died in 2001.[1]

Bernard appeared in Murder, Inc., the Stanley Kramer film Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), in which he played an assistant to the American prosecutor, played by Richard Widmark, and a number of other films that included Ice Station Zebra. His television roles included appearances on Star Trek, The Twilight Zone (in the 1961 episode The Shelter), and Mission: Impossible.[1]

In 1968, he became an executive director and teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Hollywood. He moved to Las Vegas in 1979 and established the Joseph Bernard Acting Studio.[1]

He is Molly Bernard's grandfather.

Partial filmography

  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - Maj. Abe Radnitz
  • Don't Just Stand There (1968) - Police Inspector
  • Ice Station Zebra (1968) - Dr. Jack Benning
  • R. P. M. (1970) - 4th Professor at dining table (uncredited)
  • The Steagle (1971) - Max Levine
  • Brute Corps (1971) - Sheriff Alvarez
  • Stand Up and Be Counted (1972) - Executive (uncredited)
  • The Baby (1973) - Mr. Foley
  • The Laughing Policeman (1973) - Avakian's Brother
  • Hangup (1974) - Proprietor
  • The Man Who Loved Women (1983) - Dr. Simon Abrams
  • Fever Pitch (1985) - Bernstein
  • Heat (1986) - Pit Boss
  • Mikey (1992) - Dr. Schaefer
  • Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) - Sutherland



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