Monday, June 17, 2024

The Great Bernie Kopell, of “Get Smart” and “Love Boat” Fame, Had a Cameo Tonight on CBS Comedy Pilot


Oh my god.

Well, this is what happens.

On tonight’s CBS pilot for “B Positive,” the great comedy legend Bernie Kopell had a cameo. I just happened to catch him in the final scene on a bus of old people. Bernie is 87 years young. He didn’t even get an “and” credit. Just lumped into the back credits.

Well, Bernie is a TV legend. He was on every great show of the 60s, starting with “Get Smart,” in which he played Siegfried, a wayward KAOS spy. He played Jerry, Ted Bessell’s best friend on “That Girl.” He’s in nine episodes of “Bewitched” playing different characters.

Of course, he’s probably best known to 80s TV audiences as Doctor Bricker from 250 episodes of the turgid “The Love Boat.”

So why isn’t he retired? I don’t know. He hasn’t missed a year of work, according to the imdb, ever. I didn’t know this by he’s been on “Mom,” and “Superstore,” and “Hawaii Five-O” in recent years. Maybe he just likes to work. Anyway, here’s to Bernie. I always wish the SAG Awards would honor actors like him and not the marquee stars. Bernie’s one of the people who make the TV industry an industry in Hollywood!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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