- Category : Entertainment-Actor-Actress
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 3
American actor who worked for 15 years before landing the role of Arnie, the opportunistic and womanizing divorce attorney in the TV hit series "L.A. Law," 1986.
The son and first child of a producer and an actress, he did his first commercial at seven months; his brother and sister also acted. He had a film cameo at 19. Discovering that he loved to be in front of the camera, he switched to UCLA's theater department. After earning a master's degree in play writing in 1980, he worked as a model and carpenter. During the 1984-85 season he played a policeman on "Ryan's Hope."
Bernsen had a five-year relationship with actress Heather Thomas, whom he met in 1977 when both were attending UCLA. He also had a five-year relationship with actress Brenda Cooper, during which they were married from 1983-1987. On 11/19/1988 he married his house-mate, actress Amanda Pays, whom he had met in late 1987. They had a son, Oliver, born in 1989 and twin sons born on 3/19/1992. A fourth son, Finley, made an appearance 6/09/1998.
His films include "Disorganized Crime, "Bert Rigby," "You're a Fool, " and "Major League." In 1999 he began a steady gig on the TV series "Jag."