From the Appalachian mountains to the Hollywood hills: Writer Kevin Bernhardt Reflects on those he climbed and others he fell from.
From a childhood spent devouring hundreds of books deep in the frozen woods of Pennsylvania, to hunting deer just so his family could survive the winter, to marrying Purple Rain’s Apollonia, to learning how to bullfight, the life prolific Screenwriter Kevin Bernhardt has lived could fill a book of his own. Or three.
Giving up a successful career as a Hollywood heartthrob to become a screenwriter, the star of General Hospital and Dynasty turned down Aaron Spelling’s offer to create a star-making TV series just for Kevin himself, decided to take on Hollywood on his own terms…starting with stealing music superstar Prince’s most iconic girlfriend, 80’s sex symbol Appalonia.
In Part 1 of a conversation that must be heard to be believed, Kevin reflects on the trials & tribulations of having nothing to lose, everything to gain, and why he was happy to have his mugshot posted in a film studio’s security-guard booth.
Kevin Bernhardt has over 25 films produced with Academy Award winners and nominees including Michael Caine, Kevin Costner, Christopher Plummer, Donald Sutherland, John Lithgow, Nick Nolte, Djmon Hounsou, Michael Shannon, and Sylvester Stallone. Other prestigious notables include Kevin Bacon, Patrick Swayze, Kurt Russell, Orlando Bloom, Chris Rock, Wesley Snipes, Charlie Sheen, Dolph Lundgren, Matthew Goode, Ben Foster — among many others. In the past three years, he has had four films shoot with budgets ranging between $25 and $40 million.