PROFILE
Name:
Bernie Kopell
Birth Date:
June 21, 1933
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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The Love Boat

Background:

Supporting actor Bernie Kopell is recognized by TV viewers as Siegfried, the title role's (played by Don Adams) nemesis, on the popular sitcom "Get Smart" (1966-1969), Jerry Bauman, the title role's (played by Marlo Thomas) friend/neighbor, on the ABC sitcom "That Girl" (1966-1971), Alan-a-Dale on the ABC sitcom "When Things Were Rotten" (1975) and Dr. Adam "Doc" Bricker on the ABC sitcom "The Love Boat" (1977-1986).

On the big screen, he could be seen in the films "Good Neighbor Sam" (1964), "Wild in the Sky" (1972), "Missing Pieces" (1991), "Bug Buster" (1998) and in the film adaptation of the '60s TV show "Get Smart" (2008).

The actor, who is known for his talent with dialects, has been married three times and has two sons.


Bernard Morton

Childhood and Family:

Born in New York, New York, on June 21, 1933, Bernard Morton Kopell attended Erasmus High and then New York University, where he majored in Dramatic Art. He then joined the United States Navy and was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia, before being sent out on the naval vessel “USS Iowa.” He served in the United States Navy from December 1955 to September 1957 and was released from active duty as a Seaman and discharged from the Inactive Reserves in December 1961.

On April 29, 1962, Kopell married Celia Whitney, but they later divorced and Kopell married Yolanda Veloz on November 2, 1974. The marriage ended in divorce in February 1995.

On Halloween, October 31, 1997, Kopell married his third and present wife, producer and actress Catrina Honadle. The couple has two sons, Adam Alexander and Joshua Grant (born on August 7, 2002).

A health and fitness devotee who works out faithfully with a jump rope, Kopell is the California Chairman of the American Heart Association's "Jump Rope for Heart" program. He has also won many celebrity tennis tournaments benefiting worthy charities around the world and hosted his own pro-celeb tennis and golf tournament at the Woodmont Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, which benefited the Alzheimer's Association.


Get Smart

Career:

After a stint at sea aboard the naval vessel “USS Iowa,” Bernie Kopell drove a taxi in California. He got an unexpected break when he picked up film producer Dick Einfeld who was about to produce 20th Century Fox's “The Oregon Trail” (1959). In the Gene Fowler Jr.-directed Western film that stars Fred MacMurray, Kopell snagged his first part, a two-line role as President James K. Polk's secretary. He subsequently signed up with the Actors' Ring Theatre in Los Angeles in the early '60s and performed a variety of character roles.

Kopell made his television debut in 1961 as a Cuban heavy on the CBS soap “The Brighter Day.” He then appeared in two episodes of "The Jack Benny Program" and in an episode of "Our Man Higgins," "McHale's Navy," and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." On the big screen, he played unaccredited roles in the 1963 comedy films "The Man from the Diner's Club" (starring Danny Kaye) and "The Thrill of It All" (starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Arlene Francis).

From 1964 to 1965, Kopell played a Mexican small town mayor, hotel owner, and bartender, on the CBS sitcom "My Favorite Martian." He also guest starred in an episode of "McHale's Navy," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "Petticoat Junction," and "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Bernie supported Cynthia Pepper and Gary Lockwood on the Fox pilot "Sally and Sam" (1965) and was cast in the film adaptation of "The Wheeler Dealers" (1963; starring James Garner), Arthur Hiller's take on George J.W. Goodman's novel, "Good Neighbor Sam" (1964; starring Jack Lemmon), David Swift's big screen version of Jack Finney's novel, and "The Loved One" (1965), Tony Richardson's film inspired by Evelyn Waugh's novel.

1966-1969 saw Kopell co-star on the popular Emmy-nominated sitcom that satirized the secret agent genre, "Get Smart." It aired on the NBC television network from September 18, 1965, to April 12, 1969, before being moved to CBS for its final season.

He also co-starred with Marlo Thomas on the ABC sitcom "That Girl," which ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, and played the 100 year old apothecary, a Viennese psychiatrist, a blonde hippie and a German submarine captain (1969-1972), on the longest running supernatural themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s, "Bewitched."

During this time, Kopell guest-starred on "The Dick Van Dyke Show,” "The Farmer's Daughter," "Run Buddy Run," "Green Acres," "The Hero," "The Flying Nun,” "The Debbie Reynolds Show," "Night Gallery," "Funny Face," "The Chicago Teddy Bears," "Love, American Style," "Ironside," "The Odd Couple," "The New Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Room 222." He also provided his voice for the live-action series "Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp" (1970) and played Louie Palucci (1970-1971) on the CBS Western sitcom "The Doris Day Show." He portrayed Howard, the boss of the elderly salesman Willy Loman (played by Lee J. Cobb), in the prestigious CBS production of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning 1949 play, "Death of a Salesman" (1966). On the big screen, Kopell was cast in William T. Naud's comedy feature, "Wild in the Sky" (1972).

Kopell then played a recurring role (1972-1973) on the ABC sitcom "Temperatures Rising" and Charlie Miller on the comedic TV series "Needles and Pins" (1973), alongside Rhonda Fleming, Danny Goldman, and Harold Gould. He was also spotted as a guest in "McMillan & Wife," "Harry O," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "Mary Tyler Moore," "Hot L Baltimore," "The Ghost Busters," "The Streets of San Francisco" and "Kojak."

After portraying Alan-a-Dale on the ABC sitcom that parodies the Robin Hood legend, "When Things Were Rotten" (1975), Kopell appeared in Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning biographical film adapted from Woody Guthrie's 1943 autobiography, "Bound for Glory" (1976), which starred David Carradine in the title role. He also supported Della Reese in the made-for-television movie "Flo's Place" (1976).

In 1977, Kopell joined the cast of the sitcom "The Love Boat," which aired on the ABC Television Network until 1986. In the show that was executive produced by Aaron Spelling, Kopell played Dr. Adam "Doc" Bricker. He also starred in its companion TV movies, "The Love Boat II" (1977) and "The New Love Boat" (1977) and had guest spots in the TV series "Switch," "Chico and the Man," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Alice," "Flying High," "Greatest Heroes of the Bible," "Supertrain," "Charlie's Angels," "Hart to Hart," "Fantasy Island" and "Legmen,” and appeared in the made-for-television movies "A Guide for the Married Woman" (1978; starring Cybill Shepherd), "Half Nelson" (1985; starring Joe Pesci) and "Combat High" (1986; with Keith Gordon, Wallace Langham, and George Clooney). Additionally, he appeared in a TV Commercial for Camay.

Kopell spent the rest of the '80s guest-starring in an episode of "Mike Hammer," ABC Afterschool Specials' "The Day My Kid Went Punk," "The Charmings," "Sledge Hammer" and "DuckTales." He also appeared in the 25-minute short film, "The Magic Boy's Easter" (1989) (V).

In the next decade, Kopell supported Eric Idle in writer/director Leonard Stern's movie "Missing Pieces" (1991), was cast alongside Randy Quaid in Lorenzo Doumani's sci-fi film "Bug Buster" (1998), acted alongside Ted McGinley, Brenda Epperson Doumani, and Jack Scalia in Lorenzo Doumani's comedy movie "Follow Your Heart" (1998/I), and joined Jeff Speakman and William Shatner in Jerry Jameson's political drama film "Land of the Free" (1998). He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of "Civil Wars," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Saturday Night Live," "Martin," "Diagnosis Murder," "The Love Boat: The Next Wave," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed" and had an unaccredited role in four episodes of the NBC television soap opera "Sunset Beach." Additionally, he appeared in a TV commercial for the Game Show television network (1997) and D-Snore (1999).

Entering the new millennium, Kopell co-starred with Pat Morita and Christopher Atkins in Ewing Miles Brown's horror/action movie "The Stoneman" (2002), with Lindsay Wagner, Danielle Nicolet, Christian Oliver, and Martin Klebba in John Carl Buechler's family/fantasy movie "A Light in the Forest" (2002), and alongside Lee Horsley and Judson Mills in Ewing Miles Brown's crime/action film "Dismembered" (2003).

After guest-starring in an episode of NBC's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy-drama series "Scrubs," he was cast in Christopher Coppola's horror/comedy movie "The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park" (2004), Bryan Michael Stoller's adventure/comedy movie "Miss Cast Away" (2004; alongside Eric Roberts), and William Tannen's thriller "The Cutter" (2005; starring Chuck Norris). He also appeared in TV commercials for TV Land Network (2002) and the United States Pharmaceutical Group LLC (2005). In 2006, Kopell could be seen in an episode of the Disney Channel Original Series "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Kopell recently supported Rade Šerbedžija, Agata Gotova, Faye Dunaway, and Steven Brand in Jeff Celentano's American/French film "Say It in Russian" (2007) and made a cameo appearance in the film adaptation of his 1960s spy parody television show, "Get Smart" (2008). The film was directed by Peter Segal and features Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, and James Caan.


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