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Jason Bernard
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Jason Bernard made two appearances as Judge Willard on the series.
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1938-05-17)May 17, 1938
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 16, 1996(1996-10-16) (aged 58)
Death Location Burbank, California, U.S.
Years active: 1968–1996
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
2 in Seasons 1 and 2
Appears as: Judge Willard

Jason Bernard (May 17, 1938 – October 16, 1996) was an American film and television actor who guest starred twice on Night Court as Judge Willard, Harry's nemisis, in the episodes Once in Love with Harry" in Season 1 and "Harry on Trial".

Born and raiseed in Chicago, Illinois, Jason's first starring role was in the pilot episode of the CBS television series The White Shadow as Jim Willis. His other well-known TV roles are in the 1980s TV series Cagney & Lacey as Inspector Marquette from 1982–1983, Days of Our Lives as Preston Wade in 1982, and a recurring role in the first season of Night Court as Judge Stone's arrogant rival Judge Willard. His big role came in the 1983 hit NBC miniseries "V" as Caleb Taylor. Bernard reprised his role in the 1984 sequel "V": The Final Battle. His other big TV role was in the 1990s FOX comedy series Herman's Head as Herman's boss, Mr. Paul Bracken. He appeared in the video games Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tigerand Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom as Captain William Eise.

Jason's first role in a feature film was a cameo in the Charles Bronson film Death Wish, and his first major role was in the 1974 movie Thomasine & Bushrod. He later appeared in Car WashWarGames and Blue Thunder.

Jason made many guest appearances on a variety of television shows, ranging from Starsky & Hutch,Flamingo Road and The Jeffersons to The Flash,Murder She Wrote, Wiseguy and Partners. He also appeared, as the chief security guard, in The Dukes Of Hazzard episode "The Dukes in Hollywood".

He also played the blind musician Tyrone Wattell in the film All of Me. Bernard's final appearance was in the 1997 Jim Carrey comedy film Liar Liar as Judge Marshall Stevens.


Shortly after principal filming of Liar Liar, which was dedicated in memory of him, was completed, Bernard suffered a massive heart attack on October 16, 1996. He had been driving his automobile in Burbank, California when he was stricken, and was involved in a rear-end accident. Bernard was rushed to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank where he died within an hour. His body was cremated.

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