Bernard Bear (born Bernard Littman; May 5, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian puppeteer and screenwriter. He also works with the puppetry company, The Gryphon Group.
He has been a puppeteer since 1964, has made over 300 television commercials, has acted in 20 movies, has written plays, screenplays, and made films, and was nominated for an Oscar for his short film, The Rink. He was born Bernard Littman in Toronto, Ontario on May 5, 1940.
He appeared in the 1984 film of The Berenstain Bears as the voice of Bambi's father. He also appeared in the Berenstain Bears episode "The Berenstain Bears in Toyland". In this episode, he sings "The Bear Hug Song" to the Berenstain Bears. He also provided the voice of Stingray's father in Stingray and the Mouse-Men.
Bernard Bear's first appearance in a Berenstain Bears book was The Bears of Many Lands, published in 1981.
He has also appeared in several Berenstain Bears book stories and many other storybooks for young children.
Born in Toronto, Canada, he was a child actor in "The Berenstain Bears in Toyland" and "The Berenstain Bears in Toyland II" (Berenstain Bears), and had a short-lived program of his own, the Bernard Bear Show. In this show, he appeared as a furry puppet himself. He also provided the voices for several characters on Mr. Bumble, a puppetry show that ran on CFTO-TV in Toronto, for about a year. Bernard Bear appeared on the cover of the 1985 omnibus of The Berenstain Bears, and as a regular in the story "The Berenstain Bears in Toyland II" in the 1982-86 Omnibus.
The 1989 omnibus of The Berenstain Bears features Bernard Bear doing his very first cartoon drawing (how did that happen?) in his professional career!
He received a BAFTA nomination for The Rink, which was shown in many North American theaters.
In 1985, Bernard Bear was nominated for an Academy Award for the short film The Rink, and in 1986 he was nominated for an Oscar for The Rink.