Born in Brookline, MA, Gerald Berns grew up in Newton, MA and is a graduate of Newton South High School and the University of Rhode Island where he was a starting catcher/first baseman on the varsity baseball squad. Earning a graduate J.D. degree from Boston University, soon after Mr. Berns became a resident actor with The Boston Repertory Theatre and for 5 years appeared in over 20 stage productions, starring in the world premieres of Harry Nilsson's musical, "The Point" - creating the role of "The Rockman" - and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "Player Piano" - creating the role of "Kroner". Berns has appeared in many television shows, commercials, and feature films. His character in "Beverly Hills Cop" was satirized in MAD Magazine. On stage in Los Angeles Mr. Berns was seen in "Outward Bound", a production at the Hudson Backstage, and at Ojai's Theatre 150 in "True West" by Sam Shepard. Attending the play, Mr. Shepard remarked the production "was one of the best" he had seen of his play. As a screenwriter Mr. Berns has had over 20 options of his screenplays and has been represented by the William Morris Agency and Paradigm. Entering USA Film Festivals, four of his screenplays, two co-written, won over a dozen Film Festival Honors, including two years in a row Silver Awards at the Oregon International Film Awards. Recently Berns' first novel "Thank You, Mr. Emerson" was published on Amazon/Kindle, and more recently received a FIVE STAR Book Review from Readers' Favorite .