Boston-born, Los Angeles based, actor, writer and comic, Canadian Bernard Robichaud, known to fans worldwide as Cyrus, the gun-toting, drug dealing nemesis from the hit television series Trailer Park Boys, started his life in the spotlight as a sought after model. That is, until the day he crossed paths with a Toronto talent agent, who insisted he missed his calling and should try his hand at acting. With that advice in mind, Bernard enrolled in the Theatre Arts program at Dalhousie University and later honed his skills under the private tutelage of esteemed vocal coach Dorothy Ward, and later under the wings of award-winning director Tom Kerr at the prestigious Neptune Theatre.
Believe it or not, this athletic man who grew up playing hockey and basketball and today is an avid golfer was hired to voice the characters of both Robert and Becky in the CBC radio drama In Becky’s Name. Governor-General Award-winning playwright and author, Kent Stetson, took the liberty of contacting ACTRA on Bernard’s behalf, stating that anyone who could play a man and women on the radio in their first performance deserved to be given their professional status…and he was, and he hasn’t looked back.
His uncanny talent of being able to transform himself into a rough and tumble lowlife to a ruggedly handsome good guy has garnered Bernard a variety of most interesting roles over his career including performing alongside such Hollywood icons as James Caan and Kathy Bates. He co-starred with Billy Zane and Estelle Warren in Blue Seduction, and he co-starred in Hostage Game with his friend, the late Corey Haim. Bernard also had a recurring role as Kirk in the hit Showcase TV series, Haven. He also had a supporting role in the pilot, Sea Change, which is based on the New York Times bestseller book.
Bernard wrote a screenplay titled Kitchen Sports, which is an adaptation of his successful 1995 play. He also penned A Woman Scorned, which is a screenplay feature film thriller, and he co-wrote 13 episodes for a TV sitcom titled The Adventures of Black Bart.
When not gracing the small or large screens, Bernard tours North America with his standup comedy act titled Perfect, That’s my life! The comedy act was originally a portrayal of his character on Trailer Park Boys, but after his first tour, Bernard realized that comedy was an expression of truth, and the character, Cyrus, was far from his truth, “it was like being a cartoon, and difficult to find my voice,” and he developed material that would be transformed into the real Bernard Robichaud.