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Herschel Bernardi
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    (October 30, 1923-May 9, 1986)
    Born in New York, New York
    Title character in ‘Arnie’ and Lieutenant Jacoby on ‘Peter Gunn’
    Voice of the Green Giant (‘ho ho ho!’) and Charlie the Tuna (‘get good taste, get Stah-kist’)
    Film credits include the Yiddish-language ‘Green Fields (1937)’ and ‘Yankel the Blacksmith (1939)’
    Broadway performances include ‘Zorba,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Bajour’
    Died of a heart attack in Los Angeles
    For a short time, he went by the name ‘Harold’ because he considered ‘Herschel’ too ethnic.
    He was blacklisted for suspected leftist leanings.
    Having strained his vocal chords so heavily, he was told by doctors to avoid making a peep for a full year lest he permanently lose his voice.
    He received a single Emmy nomination (1959, for ‘Peter Gunn’).
    ‘There are five stages to an actor's career: who is Herschel Bernardi? get me Herschel Bernardi; get me a Herschel Bernardi type; get me a young Herschel Bernardi; and who is Herschel Bernardi?’
    Following his stint in Yiddish theater – which began before he could talk – he became a highly-sought-after character actor.
    He fathered only one child (Michael became an actor himself).
    He contributed scripts to ‘Peter Gunn.’
    He died in Los Angeles, still in demand.

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