Herschel Bernardi was born into a family of entertainers so it only made sense for him to plan a career in acting. Bernardi was best known for his work on Broadway, namely portraying Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” which he performed more than 1,300 times between 1980 and 1983, and Zorba, in the original Broadway show “Zorba the Greek,” per The Washington Post.
However, before he found work on Broadway, Bernardi was essentially blacklisted from Hollywood in the 1940s for joining the Actors Lab, “a gathering place for Hollywood radicals,” but still managed to find work in commercials. The actor is most famous for voicing the Jolly Green Giant of Green Giant vegetables, where he’s heard shouting, “Ho Ho Ho,” and for two decades, voiced Charlie the Tuna for Starkist, per AP.
AP also noted that Bernardi had found work in a few television shows, portraying Lt. Jacoby in 1958’s “Peter Gunn” and the early 1970’s sitcom “Arnie,” playing the lead character. His sister-in-law stated that he died from a heart attack in 1986 at the age 62. “He never knew what hit him. He went real fast.”