American actor Carlos Bernard is best known to TV audiences for portraying Agent Tony Almeida in the series “24” (2001-?), starring Kiefer Sutherland. Delivering a fine performance, he garnered such nominations as a Screen Actors Guild and an Imagen. Before getting the award-nominating part, he was a regular on “Sunset Beach” (1997) and 1973’s daytime soap “The Young & The Restless (1999).
As a film actor, Bernard has dotted his resume with such vehicles as The Killing Jar (1996), Mars and Beyond (2000, opposite his wife) and Vegas, City of Dreams (2001). On stage, he has appeared in numerous productions, such as “Hamlet,” Blackout,” Scenes from an Execution,” among others.
Off camera, Bernard was chosen one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2003. He married his current wife, screen beauty Sharisse Baker-Bernard, in 1999, and has one daughter with her.
Master of Fine Arts
Childhood and Family:
Carlos Bernard Papierski, was born on October 12, 1962, in Evanston, Illinois. He was formerly educated in Illinois State University before attending the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, from which Carlos received his Master of Fine Arts degree.
5’ 9½” tall Carlos became a one-woman man after his 1999 marriage to actress Sharisse Baker-Bernard. Carlos and his wife welcomed a baby girl in August 2003.
The Young & The Restless
Carlos Bernard made his debut as an actor in 1996 when he landed the supporting role of Chajén in horror/thriller film The Killing Jar, directed by Evan Crooke and starring Brett Cullen and Wes Study. He continued with a series of guest roles in episodes of “F/X: The Series” (1996), “Silk Stalkings” and “Night Man” (both 1997), as well as a regular on drama series “Sunset Beach” (1997), playing Intern.
In 1998, Bernard smoothly moved into television films, appearing in the Thomas F. Wilson and Karim Prince sci-fi vehicle Men in White (1998), and had a feature role in the made-for-cable film Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, the following year. Also in 1999, he joined the regular cast of the long-running daytime soap opera “The Young & The Restless,” portraying Rafael Delgado.
Bernard made his return to the wide screen in 2000 by taking on the role of Lt. Ronaldo Alvarez in writer/director Herbert Wright’s Mars and Beyond. The sci-fi film starred Robert Abrams, Edward Asner, Majel Barrett and his wife, Sharisse Baker. He costarred as Rosario in an 11-minute film, The Colonel’s Last Flight, that same year.
After a costarring role in the drama movie Vegas, City of Dreams (2001) and a guest spot in 2001’s episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” Bernard received his big breakthrough when he was cast in the supporting role of Agent Tony Almeida in 2001’s action series “24,” opposite Kiefer Sutherland. The role brought him an Imagen nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Television in 2005. Along with costars, he also nabbed a 2005 Screen Actors Guild nod for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Apart from his successful stints on the show, Bernard was also recently seen in television movie 10.5: Apocalypse (2006), along with Kim Delaney, Dean Cain, Carly Pope and Beau Bridges.
A M.F.A graduate of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (ACT), Bernard is also a trained stage actor. After completing his studies, he went on to participate in a number of ACT stage productions, including “As You Like It,” “The Diary of Ann Frank,” “Hamlet,” “The cherry Orchard” and “Good,” opposite William Hurt. Moreover, he has appeared in the Los Angeles productions of “Scenes from an Execution,” with Frank Langeila, and 2003’s “Blackout.”