Bernie Kopell

Actor


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In his three-and-a-half hour interview, Bernie Kopell talks about his early years, and stars he encountered as a taxi driver in Los Angeles. He describes his first television gig, on The Jack Benny Program, and later appearing on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show. He recounts making several appearances on The Steve Allen Show, and being cast as “Siegfried” on Get Smart. He discusses his time on Get Smart, working with Don Adams, and creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Kopell outlines his role of “Jerry Bauman” on That Girl, starring and executive produced by Marlo Thomas. He speaks of his long run as “Doc Adam Bricker” on The Love Boat, and details working with the cast and various guest stars, including many Oscar winners. He recalls then-more recent roles on Arrested Development and Hawaii Five-O. Jim Colucci conducted the interview on April 19, 2017 in North Hollywood, CA.

"Filming 'The Love Boat' was remarkable because with other shows, you were filming in Hollywood. But when filming 'Love Boat' you could bring your significant other - boyfriends, girlfriends, wives, husbands, children, even some Academy Award winners." 

Highlights
Bernie Kopell on the popularity of The Love Boat, and on the end of the show
04:10
Bernie Kopell on appearing in the 1966 television production of Death of a Salesman with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock
02:23
Bernie Kopell on getting the role of "Siegfried" on Get Smart, and on his friend Don Rickles
07:39
Bernie Kopell on his character, "Doc's," prowess with the ladies on The Love Boat, and on Charo and Tom Hanks guest-starring on the show
05:50
Bernie Kopell on favorite Get Smart episodes, and on working with Ted Bessell on That Girl
02:08
Bernie Kopell on how he would like to be remembered
02:51
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his early interest in acting and on getting into the profession
15:19
On famous people he encountered while driving a cab in Los Angeles, and on early auditions he went on; on meeting Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and being cast on The Jack Benny Program; on trying to make a living while pursuing an acting career, and on appearing on the daytime drama The Brighter Day with his friend Harvey Korman
17:42
On doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show; on getting the role of "Siegfried" on Get Smart
09:42
On being fired from The Danny Kaye Show, what he learned from it, and on encountering Kaye later in his career; on appearing on The Steve Allen Show; on favorite sketches and characters of his from The Steve Allen Show
16:30

Chapter 2

On getting the role of "Siegfried" on Get Smart, and on his friend Don Rickles; on "Siegfried's" accent on Get Smart, and on his look
14:16
On "Siegfried's" relationship with "Maxwell Smart" played by Don Adams on Get Smart, and on show producer Leonard Stern; on appearing in the 1966 television production of Death of a Salesman with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock; on his friendship with Frank Sinatra
12:49
On King Moody as "Starker" on Get Smart; on Get Smart co-creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry; on favorite Get Smart episodes; on working with Ted Bessell on That Girl
10:26
On participating in Get Smart revivals; on the legacy of Get Smart; on appearing in The Lancelot Link Secret Chimp Hour
05:11
On playing "Jerry Bauman" on That Girl; on working with Marlo Thomas, who played "Ann Marie" on That Girl and was also a producer on the show; on favorite memories of shooting That Girl
07:30
On the end of That Girl, and on producer Danny Arnold; on the legacy of That Girl; on appearing on Bewitched, directed by William Asher and starring Elizabeth Montgomery
14:53

Chapter 3

On his friendship with Frank Sinatra; on appearing in When Things Were Rotten created by Mel Brooks and co-starring Dick Van Patten; on his acting process, his preparation for a given role, and on working with Neil Simon
19:10
On the made-for-television movie versions of The Love Boat, which served as pilots, and on Lauren Tewes as "Julie McCoy" on the show; on his Love Boat character's name change from "Dr. O'Neil" to "Doc Adam Bricker," and on playing a sex symbol on the show; on working with several Oscar winning actresses on the show
20:36
On being cast as "Doc Adam Bricker" on The Love Boat, and on his experience in the Navy; on working with the cast of The Love Boat; on writing some episodes of the show
17:54
On the formula of The Love Boat, and on what his character, "Doc," was like as a doctor; on "Doc's" prowess with the ladies on The Love Boat, and on Charo and Tom Hanks guest-starring on the show
10:51
On working with Love Boat producer Aaron Spelling; on The Love Boat theme song; on the popularity of The Love Boat, and on the end of the show
07:53

Chapter 4

On guest-starring on Arrested Development; on guest-starring on Hawaii Five-O; on how television has changed since he started
09:41
On mentors in his career; on his proudest career achievement, and his regrets; on how he would like to be remembered
09:37
Shows

Arrested Development

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Bernie Kopell on guest-starring on Arrested Development
01:17

Bewitched

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on Bewitched, directed by William Asher and starring Elizabeth Montgomery
08:35

Brighter Day, The

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Bernie Kopell on trying to make a living pursuing an acting career, and on appearing on the daytime drama The Brighter Day with his friend Harvey Korman
06:54

Danny Kaye Show, The

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Bernie Kopell on being fired from The Danny Kaye Show, what he learned from it, and on encountering Kaye later in his career
05:53

Death of a Salesman

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in the 1966 television production of Death of a Salesman with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock
02:23

Doris Day Show, The

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Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
08:06

Flying Nun, The

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Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
08:06

Get Smart

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Bernie Kopell on getting the role of "Siegfried" on Get Smart
01:35
Bernie Kopell on getting the role of "Siegfried" on Get Smart, and on his friend Don Rickles
07:39
Bernie Kopell on "Siegfried's" accent on Get Smart, and on his look
06:37
Bernie Kopell on "Siegfried's" relationship with "Maxwell Smart" played by Don Adams on Get Smart, and on show producer Leonard Stern
05:59
Bernie Kopell on King Moody as "Starker" on Get Smart
02:50
Bernie Kopell on Get Smart co-creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry
05:25
Bernie Kopell on favorite Get Smart episodes, and on working with Ted Bessell on That Girl
02:08
Bernie Kopell on participating in Get Smart revivals
02:21
Bernie Kopell on the legacy of Get Smart
00:54

Hawaii Five-O

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Bernie Kopell on guest-starring on Hawaii Five-O
06:17

Jack Benny Program, The

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Bernie Kopell on meeting Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and being cast on The Jack Benny Program
04:45

Lancelot Link Secret Chimp Hour, The

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in The Lancelot Link Secret Chimp Hour
01:50

Love Boat, The

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Bernie Kopell on the made-for-television movie versions of The Love Boat, which served as pilots, and on Lauren Tewes as "Julie McCoy" on the show
04:57
Bernie Kopell on his Love Boat character's name change from "Dr. O'Neil" to "Doc Adam Bricker", and on playing a sex symbol on the show
05:00
Bernie Kopell on Shelley Winters guest-starring on The Love Boat
03:08
Bernie Kopell on Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, and Ray Milland guest-starring on The Love Boat
03:43
Bernie Kopell on working with Juliet Prowse on The Love Boat
03:48
Bernie Kopell on being cast as "Doc Adam Bricker" on The Love Boat, and on his experience in the Navy
11:08
Bernie Kopell on working with Gavin MacLeod as "Captain Merrill Stubing" on The Love Boat
02:19
Bernie Kopell on working with Scatman Crothers on The Love Boat, in a script Kopell wrote with Fred Grandy
02:04
Bernie Kopell on working with Ted Lange as "Issac 'The Bartender' Washington" on The Love Boat
02:23
Bernie Kopell on the formula of The Love Boat, and on what his character, "Doc," was like as a doctor
05:01
Bernie Kopell on his character, "Doc's," prowess with the ladies on The Love Boat, and on Charo and Tom Hanks guest-starring on the show
05:50
Bernie Kopell on working with Love Boat producer Aaron Spelling
01:40
Bernie Kopell on The Love Boat theme song
02:02
Bernie Kopell on the popularity of The Love Boat, and on the end of the show
04:10

My Favorite Martian

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Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
08:06

Steve Allen Show, The (1956-61)

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on The Steve Allen Show
03:57
Bernie Kopell on favorite sketches and characters of his from The Steve Allen Show
06:41

That Girl

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Bernie Kopell on playing "Jerry Bauman" on That Girl
02:41
Bernie Kopell on working with Marlo Thomas, who played "Ann Marie" on That Girl and was also a producer on the show
01:22
Bernie Kopell on favorite memories of shooting That Girl
03:27
Bernie Kopell on the end of That Girl, and on producer Danny Arnold
03:54
Bernie Kopell on the legacy of That Girl
02:24

When Things Were Rotten

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in When Things Were Rotten created by Mel Brooks and co-starring Dick Van Patten
04:12
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Bernie Kopell on his character, "Doc's," prowess with the ladies on The Love Boat, and on Charo and Tom Hanks guest-starring on the show
05:50

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Bernie Kopell on mentors in his career
03:45

Pivotal Career Moments

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Bernie Kopell on mentors in his career
03:45

Pop Culture

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Bernie Kopell on his character, "Doc's," prowess with the ladies on The Love Boat, and on Charo and Tom Hanks guest-starring on the show
05:50
Bernie Kopell on The Love Boat theme song
02:02

TV Theme Songs

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Bernie Kopell on The Love Boat theme song
02:02

Television Industry

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Bernie Kopell on how television has changed since he started
02:07
Professions

Actor

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Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
08:08
Bernie Kopell on his acting process, his preparation for a given role, and on working with Neil Simon
07:18

Performers

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Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
08:08
Bernie Kopell on his acting process, his preparation for a given role, and on working with Neil Simon
07:18
Genres

Comedy Series

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Bernie Kopell meeting Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and being cast on The Jack Benny Program
04:45
Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
08:06
Bernie Kopell on being fired from The Danny Kaye Show, what he learned from it, and on encountering Kaye later in his career
05:53
Bernie Kopell on playing "Siegfried" on Get Smart
40:52
Bernie Kopell on appearing in The Lancelot Link Secret Chimp Hour
01:50
Bernie Kopell on playing "Jerry Bauman" on That Girl
13:48
Bernie Kopell on appearing on Bewitched, directed by William Asher and starring Elizabeth Montgomery
08:35
Bernie Kopell on playing "Doc" on The Love Boat
57:14
Bernie Kopell on guest-starring on Arrested Development
01:17

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Bernie Kopell on guest-starring on Hawaii Five-O
06:17

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Bernie Kopell on trying to make a living while trying to be an actor, and on appearing on the daytime drama The Brighter Day with his friend Harvey Korman
06:54

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in the 1966 television production of Death of a Salesman with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock
02:23

Talk Shows

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on The Steve Allen Show
10:37
People

Don Adams

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Bernie Kopell on "Siegfried's" relationship with "Maxwell Smart" played by Don Adams on Get Smart
05:58

Steve Allen

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on The Steve Allen Show
10:37

Danny Arnold

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Bernie Kopell on That Girl producer Danny Arnold
02:48

William Asher

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on Bewitched, directed by William Asher and starring Elizabeth Montgomery
08:35

Mel Brooks

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in When Things Were Rotten created by Mel Brooks and co-starring Dick Van Patten
04:12

Lee J. Cobb

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in the 1966 television production of Death of a Salesman with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock
02:23

Scatman Crothers

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Bernie Kopell on working with Scatman Crothers on The Love Boat, in a script Kopell wrote with Fred Grandy
02:04

Fred Grandy

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Bernie Kopell on working with Scatman Crothers on The Love Boat, in a script Kopell wrote with Fred Grandy
02:04

Shirley Jones

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Bernie Kopell on Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, and Ray Milland guest-starring on The Love Boat
03:43

Danny Kaye

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Bernie Kopell on being fired from The Danny Kaye Show, what he learned from it, and on encountering Kaye later in his career
05:53

Harvey Korman

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Bernie Kopell on trying to make a living pursuing an acting career, and on appearing on the daytime drama The Brighter Day with his friend Harvey Korman
06:54

Ted Lange

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Bernie Kopell on working with Ted Lange as "Issac 'The Bartender' Washington" on The Love Boat
02:23

Sheldon Leonard

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Bernie Kopell on meeting Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and being cast on The Jack Benny Program
04:45

Gavin MacLeod

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Bernie Kopell on working with Gavin MacLeod as "Captain Merrill Stubing" on The Love Boat
02:19

Ray Milland

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Bernie Kopell on Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, and Ray Milland guest-starring on The Love Boat
03:43

Elizabeth Montgomery

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on Bewitched, directed by William Asher and starring Elizabeth Montgomery
08:35

Dick Van Patten

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Bernie Kopell on appearing in When Things Were Rotten created by Mel Brooks and co-starring Dick Van Patten
04:12

Don Rickles

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Bernie Kopell on his friend Don Rickles and his appearances on Get Smart
01:49

Eva Marie Saint

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Bernie Kopell on Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, and Ray Milland guest-starring on The Love Boat
03:43

Frank Sinatra

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Bernie Kopell on his friendship with Frank Sinatra
04:27
Bernie Kopell on his friendship with Frank Sinatra
07:31

Aaron Spelling

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Bernie Kopell on working with Love Boat producer Aaron Spelling
01:40

Leonard Stern

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Bernie Kopell on Get Smart producer Leonard Stern
04:19

Lauren Tewes

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Bernie Kopell on the made-for-television movie versions of The Love Boat, which served as pilots, and on Lauren Tewes as "Julie McCoy" on the show
04:57

Marlo Thomas

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Bernie Kopell on working with Marlo Thomas, who played "Ann Marie" on That Girl and was also a producer on the show
01:22

Danny Thomas

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Bernie Kopell on meeting Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and being cast on The Jack Benny Program
04:45

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