Boston-born, Canadian-based, actor, writer and comic, 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 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. Most recently he was seen in Blue Seduction co-starring Billy Zane and Estella Warren, and Hostage Game, co-staring with his friend, the late Corey Haim. Bernard also had a recurring role as Kirk in the hit Showcase TV series, Haven.
Recently Bernard wrote and co-produced a made for TV series, called Cranky Cab, in pre-production which he will star. He was also involved in the pilot, Sea Change, based on the New York Times Bestseller, and an Indie feature “To Avenge” slated for camera fall 2019. He wrote a screenplay Kitchen Sports, an adaptation of his successful 1995 play, penned A Woman Scorned, a screenplay feature thriller, and co wrote 13 episodes for a TV sitcom, The Adventures of Black Bart.
When not gracing the small or large screens, Bernard tours North America with his standup comedy act, It’s My Life, Not Yours! 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’s was like being a cartoon, and difficult to find my voice,” and he developed material that would be transformed into the real Bernard Robichaud. Bernard’s unique stories of his life…have his audiences bustin’ a gut!