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Kevin Bernhardt

Personal information
Birth dateApril 2, 1961(age 56)
Place of birthDaytona Beach, Florida, USA
SpouseSusan Oliver (2003-2009), Apollonia Kotero(1987-1997)

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Kevin Bernhardt is an American film writer, film actor, television actor, and producer. Bernhardt is presently best known as a screenwriter, with over 20 screenplays produced since the mid-nineties. His dozen lead actor/film roles before that included J.P. Monroe and his Cenobitic alter-ego in the 1992 Action/Horror film Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Dean in Top of the World (1997), and Billy Knox in "The Immortals" (1995). Previous to that, Bernhardt had series regular roles on Dynasty as Father Tanner McBride and General Hospital (1985-1987) as lady-killer (literally) Kevin O'Connor.

Bernhardt was born in Holly Hills, Florida, where he was adopted by truck driver/mechanic 'Red' and Beverly Barnhart. His most memorable year there was spent at an African-American elementary school (Turie T. Small), as part of the integration which took place in the late sixties. The following year his family moved to a trailer park in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he completed high school. He is quoted as saying 'we never had much, but there was always food on the table. Usually that involved an unfortunate whitetail deer.'

After graduation Bernhardt attended college at the State University of New York at Binghamton on a National Merit Scholarship sponsored by the tent factory in which his mother worked. He supplemented his income in the Kroehler furniture factory. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in the winter of 1984, he immediately traveled to Los Angeles, where he passed the Series 7 exam and was hired by Robert Brandt and Company, the only fourth market trading firm in the country. But his true passion was the theater, and after six months successfully trading stocks between corporations, Bernhardt quit for a career as a screenwriter/actor. He landed the contract role on General Hospital just a few weeks later.

Bernhardt worked steadily as an actor in TV and later film for several years, until he watched his first screenplay produced - at which point he decided to devote his undivided attention to screenwriting. Since then his work has attracted a diverse array of well-known actors, ranging from Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, to Chris Rock and Charlie Sheen.

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