Kevin Bernhardt is an American film writer, film actor, television actor, and producer. Bernhardt is best known as a screenwriter, with over 20 screenplays produced since the mid-1990s. His dozen lead actor/film roles before that included J.P. Monroe and his Cenobitic alter-ego in the 1992 Action/Horror film Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Dean in Top of the World, and Billy Knox in "The Immortals". Bernhardt had had series regular roles on Dynasty as Father Tanner McBride and General Hospital as lady-killer Kevin O'Connor.
Bernhardt was born in Holly Hills, Florida, where he was adopted by Navy Damage Control Officer 'Red' Bernhardt and wife Beverly. His most memorable years there were spent at an African-American elementary school, as part of the integration which took place in the late 1960s. But his family relocated to a trailer park in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he completed high school and worked very hard to become an Eagle Scout.
Bernhardt attended college at the State University of New York at Binghamton on a National Merit Scholarship sponsored by the Eureka tent factory, where his mother worked. He supplemented his income in the Kroehler furniture factory. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in the winter of 1984, he immediately traveled to Los Angeles, where he passed the Series 7 exam and was hired by Robert Brandt and Company, the only fourth market securities trading firm in the country. But his true passion was the theater, and after six months successfully trading stocks between institutional investors, Bernhardt left it behind for a career as a screenwriter/actor.