Manila born with solid theater training from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Bernardo Bernardo graduated with a Master of Arts Degree, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts under a British Council grant. He finished his Bachelor of Literature in Journalism from the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas. An established name on stage, TV and film, he proved adept at drama, comedy and musicals in English and starred in numerous productions of Repertory Philippines. He also essayed critically-acclaimed roles in Tagalog for Tanghalang Pilipino. He won Best Actor for the role of Manay in Ishmael Bernal’s City After Dark, Manila by Night (1980), but his popularity zoomed with his Steve Carpio character in ABS-CBN Channel 2’s long-running sitcom, “Home Along da Riles”, opposite Filipino Charlie Chaplin, Dolphy. Through the years, he has appeared in Japanese, Chinese, French-Italian and American co-productions filmed in the Philippines.


“Siya ‘yung inspiration namin during the shoot. Literally, ‘pag nakasalang siya sa eksena, tumitigil kami lahat. Pinapanood namin siya. Parang acting class lagi siya. Master class. Pati ‘yung mga crew, tumitigil. ‘O, si Bernardo Bernardo na!’ Manonood silang lahat. Ganun kalakas ‘yung impact niya sa shooting. He’s such a powerful performer. Napaka-charismatic niyang tao. When he’s acting, nahahatak niya lahat.”
Lav Diaz (Director, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)
“Director Bernardo Bernardo gives the play a high-voltage production, enlivening Carter’s rhymed text with music, robust physical action, dance, and martial arts. The cast performs with infectious enthusiasm.”
Neal Weaver (Magno Rubio)
“(Bernardo’s)…virtuosity is astonishing… interpret(s) a song with such soul, such emotional intelligence and with the kind of command that directors dream of.”
Peter DuBois (Artistic Producer: New York’s Joseph Papp PUBLIC THEATER and director of THE LONG SEASON)
“I had the opportunity to watch actor-comedian Bernardo Bernardo in PROMISES, PROMISES at OnStage, Greenbelt… It was just a small role but the audience marveled at his effortless acting on stage, even eclipsing the major characters in the play. As Dr. Dreyfuss, he was vibrant, charming, and interesting; an ever-disciplined performer”
Ricky Lo (Entertainment writer, Showbiz commentator, and TV host)
“This acting discipline he has imbued in his persona is carried not only on stage but on television and the movies as well… (as shown) in a major role in a Japanese film shot entirely in the Philippines by writer-director Hideki Yamasaki (CHATEAU DE ROSES)… His performance in his scenes brought on applause from his co-stars as well as the entire crew, including the director of photography, Marissa Floreindo.”
Louie Guarin (Malaya)
“ISHMAEL BERNAL’S MANILA BY NIGHT is the most shocking, the most daring, and the most mind-boggling Filipino film I’ve ever seen…It is Bernardo Bernardo who easily stands out, lending conviction to his role as the gay designer and delivering an unforgettably trenchant performance filled with much vitality and passion.”
Mario Bautista (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)
“Bernardo, after Urian, formally entered the league of the country’s best actors —Christopher de Leon, Phillip Salvador, Eddie Garcia among a few of them. To that distinction he adds the many other facets that not all of these actors have: a brilliant presence in dance, even musicals; theater acting; and directing for stage and television.”
Bayani Santos, Jr (“BERNARDO: ACTOR’S ACTOR,” Cover Story)
“His regal composure and bearing on stage makes him a natural for the part. He exudes an air of authority and benevolence, famous attributes of the King of Siam”


Acting Workshops:

American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco:
Ed Hastings, Nagle Jackson, Duncan Ross

Inner City Cultural Institute, Los Angeles:
Beah Richards

University of California, Santa Barbara:
Stanley Glenn

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art:
Michael Barry

Repertory Philippines:
Zeneida Amador, Baby Barredo

Bulwagang Gantimpala:
Joel Lamangan

Tanghalang Pilipino/Cultural Center of the Philippines:
Nonon Padilla, Pico Berkowitch

Actors’ Workshop Foundation, Inc:
Laurice Guillen, Gina Alajar,
Mario Taguiwalo, Abbo de la Cruz


Educational Attainment:


Master of Arts in Dramatic Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara (1969)

Bachelor of Literature in Journalism
Minor in Public Relations,
Faculty of Arts and Letters
University of Santo Tomas (1966)



London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art under a British Council Grant (1976)

American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, California
Summer Workshop (1970)

Pacific Conservatory Theater
Santa Maria, California
Summer Workshop (1971)

Inner City Cultural Institute
Los Angeles, California
Summer Workshop (1969)


Professional Membership:

Actors’ Equity, AEA, (2004- )

Alliance of Committed Artists in the Performing Arts of the Philippines (ACAPP),
Acting Vice President,(1993-)

Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit / Organization of Filipino Performers (OPM),
Vice President, Internal (1994-95)

Actors’ Workshop Foundation,
Member (1986-)

Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon (KAPPT),
Member (1983-)