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Jason Bernard (May 17, 1938 – October 16, 1996) was an American film and television actor.

Jason Bernard
Jason Bernard & Shirley Jo Finney.jpg
Jason Bernard and Shirley Jo Finney in Wilma in 1977
Born(1938-05-17)May 17, 1938
DiedOctober 16, 1996(1996-10-16) (aged 58)
OccupationFilm, television, voice actor
Years active1969–1996
Spouse(s)Debra Bernard
ChildrenJason Bernard Jr.[1]

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Life and careerEdit

Bernard was born in Chicago, Illinois. His first starring role was in the pilot episode of the television series The White Shadow as Jim Willis. His other well-known TV roles are in the 1980s TV series Cagney & Lacey as Inspector Marquette from 1982–1983, Days of Our Lives as Preston Wade in 1982, and a recurring role in the first season of Night Court as Judge Stone's arrogant rival Judge Willard. His big role came in the 1983 hit NBC miniseries V as Caleb Taylor. Bernard reprised his role in the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle. His other big TV role was in the 1990s FOX comedy series Herman's Head as Herman's boss, Mr. Paul Bracken. He appeared in the video games Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger and Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom as Captain William Eisen.

Bernard's first role in a feature film was a cameo in the Charles Bronson film Death Wish, and his first major role was in the 1974 movie Thomasine & Bushrod. He later appeared in Car Wash, WarGames, No Way Out, While You Were Sleeping, and Blue Thunder.

Bernard made many guest appearances on a variety of television shows, ranging from Starsky & Hutch, Flamingo Road and The Jeffersons to The Flash, Murder, She Wrote, Wiseguy and Partners. He also appeared, as the chief security guard, in The Dukes of Hazzard episode "The Dukes in Hollywood".

He played the blind musician Tyrone Wattell in the film All of Me. Bernard's final appearance was in the 1997 film Liar Liar as Judge Marshall Stevens.

DeathEdit

Shortly after the filming of Liar Liar was completed, Bernard suffered a heart attack on October 16, 1996. He had been driving his car in Burbank, California when he was stricken, and was involved in a rear-end accident. Bernard was rushed to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank where he died.[2] He was survived by his wife Debra and son Jason Jr. His body was cremated. Liar Liar was dedicated in memory of him.

FilmographyEdit

  1. Days of Our Lives (1965, TV Series, unknown episodes,
    a.k.a. Cruise of Deception: Days of Our Lives (USA: summer title)
    a.k.a. DOOL (USA: informal short title)
    a.k.a. Days (USA: short title)) .... Preston Wade (1982)
  2. The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1969, TV Series) .... Dr. Griffith
  3. Then Came Bronson (1969, TV Series) .... Reverend Taylor
  4. Medical Center (1969-1972, TV Series) .... Resident / Emergency Resident
  5. Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) .... Seldon
  6. Friday Foster (1975) .... Charles Foley
  7. Starsky & Hutch (1976, TV Series) .... R.C. Turner
  8. The Blue Knight (1976, TV Series) .... Det. Bosco
  9. Marcus Welby, M.D. (1976, TV Series) .... Dr. Hal Mendoza
  10. Switch (1976, TV Series) .... Capt. Dellinger
  11. Car Wash (1976) .... Lonnie's Parole Officer
  12. Delvecchio (1977, TV Series) .... Sgt. Ogden
  13. Wilma (1977, TV Movie) .... Coach Temple
  14. Coma (1978) .... Surgical Residents (uncredited)
  15. The White Shadow (1978, TV Series) .... Jim Willis
  16. A Woman Called Moses (1978, TV Series) .... Daddy Ben Ross
  17. Uncle Joe Shannon (1978) .... Goose
  18. The Night the City Screamed (1980, TV Movie) .... Dale Wrightson
  19. Concrete Cowboys (1981, TV Series) .... Turman
  20. Pray TV (1982, TV Movie, a.k.a. Mixed Blessings) .... Everett
  21. M*A*S*H (1982, TV Series) .... Capt. Quentin Rockingham
  22. Flamingo Road (1981–1982, TV Series) .... Carl Turner
  23. Here's Boomer (1982, TV Series) .... Sergeant Lindsey Andrews
  24. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) .... Gym Teacher (uncredited)
  25. The Greatest American Hero (1982, TV Series) .... Morgan
  26. Tucker's Witch (1982, TV Series) .... Mr. Stillwell
  27. I Was a Mail Order Bride (1982, TV Movie) .... Judge
  28. Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988, TV Series) .... Deputy Inspector Marquette
  29. Blue Thunder (1983, a.k.a. Blue Thunder the Movie (UK: video box title) .... Mayor
  30. High Performance (1983, TV series, unknown episodes) .... Fletch
  31. V (1983, TV Mini-Series, a.k.a. V: The Original Miniseries (USA: DVD box title)) .... Caleb Taylor
  32. WarGames (1983) .... Captain Knewt
  33. The Star Chamber (1983) .... Judge Bocho
  34. The Jeffersons (1983, TV Series) .... Lloyd Tyndall
  35. This Is the Life (1984, TV Series)
  36. V The Final Battle (1984, TV Series) .... Caleb Taylor
  37. All of Me (1984) .... Tyrone Wattell
  38. Wolf Rock TV (1984, TV Series, unknown episodes, a.k.a. Wolf Rock Power Hour (USA: syndication title)) .... Mr. Morris
  39. Hunter (1984, TV Series) .... Chief Kenny Lanark
  40. Airwolf (1984, TV Series, a.k.a. Lobo del aire (USA: Spanish title) .... Aaron Martin
  41. City Killer (1984, TV Movie) .... Captain Frank Sydney
  42. The Dukes of Hazzard (1984, TV Series) .... The Chief Guard
  43. Night Court (1984, TV Series) .... Judge Robert T. Willard
  44. Riptide (1984, TV Series) .... Mr. Collins
  45. Knots Landing (1984, TV Series) .... Dr. Garner
  46. Crazy Like a Fox (1985, TV Series)
  47. The Rape of Richard Beck (1985, TV Movie, a.k.a. Deadly Justice (USA: DVD title), a.k.a. The Broken Badge, a.k.a. Violated (USA: video title)) .... Sgt. Wally Rydell
  48. Hotel (1985, TV Series, a.k.a. Arthur Hailey's Hotel) .... Irwin Smith
  49. The Facts of Life (1985, TV Series) .... Frank
  50. Hardcastle and McCormick (1985, TV Series) .... Arnie Sandoval
  51. Shadow Chasers (1985, TV Series) .... Burke
  52. The Children of Times Square (1986, TV Movie, a.k.a. Street Wise (Australia: video title)) .... Lt. Devins
  53. Comedy Factory (1986, TV Series) .... Finney Morgan
  54. Starman (1986, TV Series) .... Chief Harold Galley
  55. The Cosby Show (1986, TV Series) .... Sgt. Major Boswell Stokes
  56. It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986–1987, TV Series) .... Officer Sweeny
  57. Amen (1987, TV Series) .... Dexter
  58. No Way Out (1987) .... Major Donovan
  59. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987, TV Series) .... Vern Puckett
  60. Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987, TV Movie) .... Sergeant Koslow
  61. Beauty and the Beast (1987, TV Series) .... Jack Davis
  62. Bird (1988) .... Benny Tate
  63. Police Story: Gladiator School (1988, TV Movie) .... Lt. Crawford
  64. Designing Women (1988, TV Series) .... Wilson Brickette
  65. Empty Nest (1988, TV Series) .... Mr. Noack
  66. Original Sin (1989, TV Movie) .... Det. Mitchell
  67. Unsub (1989, TV Series) .... Bishop Grace
  68. Heart and Soul (1989, TV Short) .... Cecil Kincaid
  69. American Playhouse (1989, TV Series) .... Martin Luther King, Jr.
  70. Paint It Black (1989) .... Lt. Wilder
  71. Hardball (1989, TV Series)
  72. Wiseguy (1989, TV Series) .... Attorney General
  73. Equal Justice (1990, TV Series) .... Judge Thaddeus Jones
  74. The Flash (1990–1991, TV Series) .... Dr. Desmond Powell / Nightshade / Desmond Powell / Nightshade
  75. Herman's Head (1991–1994, TV Series) .... Mr. Paul Bracken
  76. Dinosaurs (1992, TV Series) ... Edward R. Hero (voice)
  77. Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994, TV Series, unknown episodes) .... (voice)
  78. Cosmic Slop (1994, TV Movie) .... Bernard Shields (segment "Space Traders")
  79. Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994, Video Game) .... Capt. William Eisen
  80. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995, TV Movie) .... Prof. Miles Quigley
  81. While You Were Sleeping (1995) .... Jerry Wallace
  82. Down, Out & Dangerous (1995, TV Movie) .... Detective Danner
  83. Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996, Video Game) .... Capt. William Eisen
  84. Murder, She Wrote (1996, TV Series) .... Wilson Sloane
  85. Sophie & the Moonhanger (1996, TV Movie) .... Holt
  86. Partners (1996, TV Series) .... Leavitt
  87. The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play(1996, TV Movie) .... Leon Martin
  88. Suddenly (1996, TV Movie) .... Louie
  89. Liar Liar (1997) .... Judge Marshall Stevens (final film role)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Actor Jason Bernard, 58, Succumbs After He Suffered Heart Attack In California". Jet. 4 November 1996. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ Pace, Eric (21 October 1996). "Jason Bernard, 58, an Actor In Television Films and Series". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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