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Actor Bernie Kopell
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This week, we are happy to spend some time with a special guest. You know him from his ingenious characterization of Siegfried in Get Smart, and thereafter as Dr. Adam Bricker on all 250 episodes of the Love Boat, from 1976 to 1986. He has guest starred on TV and movies ever since, recently in Hawaii Five and Superstore. Truly Everything Old is New Again, we welcome Bernie Kopell to this week's show.
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Everything Old is New Again: Bernie Kopell
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Bernie Kopell
Bernard Morton "Bernie" Kopell (born June 21, 1933) is an American character actor known for his roles as Siegfried in Get Smart from 1966 to 1969 and as Dr. Adam Bricker (Doc) in ABC's The Love Boat from 1977 to 1986. He remained on the series during its entire run, appearing in 250 episodes.

Before becoming known for his The Love Boat role, Kopell appeared in many television series, often sitcoms. He appeared on Ripcord, That Girl, The Jack Benny Program, Green Acres, Our Man Higgins, The Flying Nun, Ben Casey, McHale's Navy, My Favorite Martian, Petticoat Junction, Bewitched, The Streets of San Francisco, Room 222, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Kojak.

Kopell made memorable recurring appearances as KAOS agent Siegfried in Get Smart, Alan-a-Dale in When Things Were Rotten, Jerry Bauman in That Girl and Louie Pallucci in The Doris Day Show. He played several characters on Bewitched including the witches' apothecary and the hippie warlock Alonzo in the episode "The Warlock in the Gray Flannel Suit". He played Charlie Miller as a member of the cast of the situation comedy Needles and Pins, which ran for 14 episodes in the autumn of 1973. He portrayed a plastic surgeon who gave Ed Brown a facelift on Chico and the Man. He played a director in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Good-Bye George"). About this same time, he guest starred on the short-lived The New Phil Silvers Show.

After The Love Boat, Kopell was so recognizable that he was not in roles often without a nod to his famous role. He appears as a coroner in "Which Prue is it Anyway", an episode of Charmed. Kopell appears in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Critic", playing Mr. Gilson, the ill-fated restroom attendant, whom Monk referred to as the Michelangelo of lavatories. He guest starred in "Pinky", a 2009 episode of My Name is Earl. He made a cameo as a patient in the Scrubs episode "My Friend the Doctor", as well as an episode of the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. In a dream sequence of Fresh Prince of Bel Air Kopell made a parody cameo of himself as an actor who played a ship's doctor so many times he offers to perform an operation for real, while in a 1994 episode of Saturday Night Live he appeared as "Doc" during a Love Boat-themed spoof of Star Trek: The Next Generation.


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