Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bernie Kopell who was best known as Adam Bricker the ship's doctor on The Love Boat

Bernie Kopell was born Bernard Morton Kopell June, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York.  He has had a long and prestigious career, but is probably best know as Dr. Adam Bricker, the ship's doctor aboard "The Love Boat".  He is also known for his role as Siegfried in the 1960s show "Get Smart".

Bernie Kopell as Dr. Adam Bricker in the TV show "The Love Boat"

Bernie made his television debut in 1961 in the series "Whispering Smith" co-starring Audie Murphy, Guy Mitchell and Sam Buffington.  He first appeared on "The Jack Benny Program" in 1962. A year later in 1963 he appeared in the show "Our Man Higgins" co-starring Stanley Holloway, Audrey Totter and Frank Maxwell.  That same year he made his film debut, although uncredited, in "The Man from the Diners' Club" co-starring Danny Kaye, Cara Williams, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, and Martha Hyer.  He appeared again in another uncredited role that year in "The Thrill of It All" co-starring Doris Day, James Garner, Edward Andrews, Kym Karath, Hayden Rorke, and Arlene Francis.

Kopell continued on appearing in "McHale's Navy" starring Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Bob Hastings, and Gavin MacLeod (1963); "The Wheeler Dealers" co-starring Lee Remick, James Garner, Phil Harris, Jim Backus, Elliott Reid, Pat Harrington Jr., and Pat Crowley (1963); "Good Neighbor Sam" co-starring Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, and Mike Connors (1964); "Petticoat Junction" starring Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Meredith MacRae, Lori Saunders, and Bea Benaderet (1964); and "The Beverly Hillbillies" starring Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., and Irene Ryan (1965).

Bernie Kopell, the early years

Bernie would get his first credited film role in "The Loved One" co-starring Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, James Coburn, Roddy McDowall, and Anjanette Comer (1965); he would also appear in several episodes of "My Favorite Martian" starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby and Pamela Britton (1964-65); "The Dick Van Dyke Show" starring Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Morey Amsterdam (1966); and "The Farmer's Daughter" starring Inger Stevens, William Windom and Cathleen Nesbitt (2 episodes, 1965-66).

In 1966 Kopell starred in "Death of a Salesman" co-starring Stanley Adams, Edward Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, James Farentino, George Segal, and Gene Wilder. He went on to appear in "Run Buddy Run" starring Jack Sheldon, Malcolm Atterbury and Henry Beckman (1966); "Green Acres" starring Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor and Tom Lester (1966); and "The Hero" starring Richard Mulligan, Mariette Hartley and Victor French (1966).

Bernie would continue his busy year in '66 by landing the role of Siegfried  in the TV series "Get Smart" co-starring Don Adams (Maxwell Smart), Barbara Feldon (Agent 99), and Edward Platt (Chief).  Kopell would star in 14 episodes until 1969.  The show would end the following year.  In parallel with "Get Smart", Bernie also played the role of Jerry Bauman on the show "That Girl" co-starring Marlo Thomas (Ann Marie), Ted Bessell (Don Hollinger) and Lew Parker (Lou Marie).  He would stay with the show for its full run until 1971.

Bernie Kopell as Siegfried in the TV series "Get Smart"
Bernie Kopell as Siegfried 1966-67

During his run on "Get Smart" and "That Girl", Kopell also appeared in "The Flying Nun" starring Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Shelley Morrison, and Madeleine Sherwood (1968); "The Debbie Reynolds Show" (1969); and "Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp" co-starring Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber (1970).  Kopell would also overlap this run with several appearances in the series "Love, American Style" co-starring Stuart Margolin, Barbara Minkus until 1971 as well as nine episodes of the TV series "Bewitched" from 1969 to 1972.  On that show he would co-star with Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, David White, and Agnes Moorehead.

Bernie Kopell in "Bewitched"

Bernie Kopell in "Bewitched"
Bernie Kopell in "Bewitched"

While on the series "Bewitched", Bernie would fill in the gaps with appearances on "Ironside" starring Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Barbara Anderson, Elizabeth Baur, and Don Mitchell (1972); "Me and the Chimp" starring Ted Bessell, Kami Cotler and Anita Gillette (1972); and "The Odd Couple" starring Tony Randall, Jack Klugman and Al Molinaro (1972).

This was a wild time for Kopell as he was jumping from one show to another.  In addition to appearances on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show", Bernie would also jump between "Room 222" (2 episodes, 1970-72), "The New Temperatures Rising Show" (3 episodes, 1972-73), "The Paul Lynde Show" (1 episode, 1973), and "The Doris Day Show" (13 episodes, 1970-73).  Kopell also managed to squeeze a film appearance in "Wild in the Sky" during 1972.

In 1973, Kopell would play the role of Charlie Miller in the series "Needles and Pins" co-starring Sandra Deel, Norman Fell and Deirdre Lenihan.  Bernie would go on to appear in "McMillan & Wife" starring Rock Hudson, Susan Saint James, John Schuck, and Nancy Walker (1974); "Harry O" starring David Janssen, Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe (1975); "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" starring Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland and Jack Grinnage (1975); "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" starring Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Betty White, Georgia Engel, and Cloris Leachman (1975); "Hot L Baltimore" starring James Cromwell, Richard Masur, Charlotte Rae, and Conchata Ferrell (1975); "The Ghost Busters" starring Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Bob Burns (1975); and "The Streets of San Francisco" starring Karl Malden, Michael Douglas and Reuben Collins (1975).

It was in 1975 that Kopell would land another series role this time as Alan-a-Dale in "When Things Were Rotten" co-starring Richard Gautier, Dick Van Patten, and Misty Rowe.  The show lasted thirteen episodes.

Bernie Kopell and creator Mel Brooks on the set of the TV show "When Things Were Rotten" 1975

Kopell would go on to appear in "Kojak" starring Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, George Savalas, Mark Russell, and Kevin Dobson (1975); "Chico and the Man" starring Jack Albertson, Freddie Prinze, Lil Mirkk, and Scatman Crothers (1976); "Flo's Place" co-starring Della Reese, Eric Laneuville and Michael Bell (1976); "Switch" starring Robert Wagner, Sharon Gless, Eddie Albert and Charlie Callas (1976); "The Six Million Dollar Man" starring Lee Majors, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks (1976); "Bound for Glory" co-starring David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Randy Quaid, and Melinda Dillon (1976);

In 1977, Kopell would land the role of Dr. O'Neill in the TV movie "The Love Boat II" co-starring Ken Berry, Bert Convy,  Celeste Holm, Robert Reed, Ted Lange, Fred Grandy, Hope Lange, Kristy McNichol, Marcia Strassman, and Lyle Waggoner.  The success of the movie would lead to the launch of the series of "The Love Boat" that same year in which Koppel would retain his role of the ship's doctor only this time as Adam Bricker.  He co-starred on the show with Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing), Fred Grandy (ship's purser "Gopher" Smith), Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac Washington), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy), and Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing).  Kopell starred in 250 episodes of the show until it ended in 1986.

Bernie Kopell as Dr. Adam Bricker in the TV show "The Love Boat"
Ted Lange (Isaac Washington) and Bernie Kopell (Dr. Adam Bricker) in the TV show "The Love Boat"

During his run on "The Love Boat", Bernie would appear in movies and shows such as "Alice" starring Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback, Polly Holliday, and Philip McKeon (1977); "A Guide for the Married Woman" co-starring Cybill Shepherd, Charles Frank, John Hillerman, Mary Crosby, Elaine Joyce, John Byner, George Gobel, and Tom Poston  (1978); "Flying High" starring Connie Sellecca, Pat Klous and Kathryn Witt (1978); "Greatest Heroes of the Bible" co-starring Victor Jory, Brad Crandall and Peter Mark Richman (1978); "Supertrain" co-starring Edward Andrews, Harrison Page and Robert Alda (1979); and "Charlie's Angels" starring Cheryl Ladd, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith (1979).

The cast of "The Love Boat" in the early years.  Front: Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing)  Back: Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac Washington), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy), Bernie Kopell (Dr. Adam Bricker), and Fred Grandy ("Gopher" Smith)

Bernie Kopell then

Bernie would start off the '80s appearing in "Hart to Hart" starring Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and Lionel Stander (1981); "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize and Carol Lynley (1983); "Legmen" starring Bruce Greenwood, John Terlesky and Claude Akins (1984); "Half Nelson" co-starring Joe Pesci, Fred Williamson, Victoria Jackson, Bubba Smith, Morgan Brittany, George Kennedy, and Gary Lockwood (1985); "Combat High" co-starring Keith Gordon, Wallace Langham, Dana Hill, George Clooney, Danny Nucci, Jamie Farr, Sherman Hemsley, Richard Moll, and Robert Culp (1986); and "The New Mike Hammer" starring Stacy Keach, Gail Ramsey and Colleen Morris (1987).

Bernie Kopell in1981
Bernie Kopell then

After "The Love Boat" years, Kopell went on to appear in "Sledge Hammer!" starring David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin and Harrison Page (1987); "The Charmings" starring Christopher Rich, Judy Parfitt and Cork Hubbert (1987); he would reprise his role as Siegfried in the TV movie "Get Smart, Again!" co-starring Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Harold Gould, and Kenneth Mars (1989);

In 1990, Kopell once again played the doctor on board "The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage" co-starring Gavin MacLeod, Steve Bond, Tom Bosley, Julia Duffy, Roddy Piper, Jill Whelan, Ted Shackelford, Shanna Reed, and Kim Johnston Ulrich; He continued with "Missing Pieces" co-starring Eric Idle, Robert Wuhl and Lauren Hutton (1991); "Civil Wars" starring Mariel Hemingway, Peter Onorati, David Marciano, Alan Rosenberg, and Debi Mazar (1991); "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" starring Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, and Janet Hubert (1992); and an appearance the series "Get Smart" starring Don Adams, Andy Dick, Heather Morgan, Elaine Hendrix, and Barbara Feldon (1995).

Bernie Kopell circa mid 1990s

Kopell would finish off the '90s appearing in "Martin" starring Martin Lawrence, Carl Anthony Payne II and Tisha Campbell-Martin (1997); "Diagnosis Murder" starring Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke and Victoria Rowell (1997); "Bug Buster" co-starring Randy Quaid, Brenda Epperson Doumani, Katherine Heigl, Meredith Salenger, James Doohan, George Takei, and Anne Lockhart (1998); "Sunset Beach" starring Lesley-Anne Down, Sam Behrens, Sarah Buxton, Clive Robertson, Susan Ward, and Priscilla Garita (1998); and "Sunset Beach: Shockwave" co-starring Kam Heskin, Eddie Cibrian and Lisa Guerrero (1998).

In 1998 Bernie revived his character Dr. Adam Bricker in the reunion episode of the new series "Love Boat: The Next Wave" starring Robert Urich, Kyle Howard, Phil Morris, Joan Severance, and Randy Vasquez.  He would go on to star in "Land of the Free" co-starring Jeff Speakman, William Shatner and Lisa Darr (1998); "Follow Your Heart" co-starring Ted McGinley, Brenda Epperson Doumani, Jack Scalia, Brian Keith, Daniella Monet, Leah Remini, and Brian Carpenter (1999); "Beverly Hills, 90210" starring
Mario López, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Gabrielle Carteris, Tiffani Thiessen, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (1999); and "Charmed" starring Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Brian Krause (1999).

Bernie Kopell in 2004

Kopell started off the new millennium starring in "The Stoneman" co-starring Pat Morita, Christopher Atkins, Robin Riker, Larry Manetti, and Ron Masak (2002); "Dismembered" co-starring Lee Horsley, Judson Mills, Elizabeth Hayden Smith, Dennis Haskins, Gordon Jump, Leslie Easterbrook, and Maura M. Knowles (2003); "A Light in the Forest" co-starring Lindsay Wagner, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Amerson, and Christian Oliver (2003); "Scrubs" starring Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Sarah Chalke (2003); "The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park" co-starring Fort Atkinson, Lynda Carter, Stephanie Dees, Shirley Jones, and Frank Gorshin (2004); "Miss Castaway and the Island Girls" co-starring Eric Roberts, Charlie Schlatter, Joyce Giraud, Evan Marriott, and Michael Jackson (2004); and "The Cutter" co-starring Chuck Norris, Joanna Pacula, Daniel Bernhardt, Tracy Scoggins, and Todd Jensen (2005).

Bernie Kopell and Johnny Whitaker in 2007

Bernie topped out the 2000s appearing in "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" staring Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, and Ashley Tisdale (2006); "Say It in Russian" co-starring Rade Serbedzija, Steven Brand, Faye Dunaway, Musetta Vander, and Agata Gotova (2007); cameo as Open driver in the film "Get Smart" starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Terry Crews, Bill Murray, James Caan, Terry Crews, Terence Stamp, and Alan Arkin (2008); "My Name Is Earl" co-starring Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, and Nadine Velazquez (2009); and "Monk" starring Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine (2009).

Bernie Kopell in 2008
Jill Whelan, Bernie Kopell, Charo, Fred Grandy accepting at the 2010 TVLand Awards

Recently Bernie Kopell has starred in the film "First Dog" co-starring Eric Roberts, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Linda Bella, Kamilla Bjorlin, Paula Devicq, and Rickey Davis in 2010.  Also in 2010, Kopell was on the Broadway stage in the production of "Viagra Falls".

Bernie Kopell with his trademark thumbs up in the 2010 play "Viagara Falls"
Bernie Kopell, Teresa Ganzel, and Lou Cutell in the 2010 play "Viagara Falls"
Bernie Kopell today

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