David Birney’s breakout position as Bernie Steinberg within the hit TV sequence “Bridget Loves Bernie” introduced him into notable stardom, however it additionally drew some criticism from sure viewers (per The New York Occasions). Throughout the present, Birney (and his ex-wife in actual life Meredith Baxter) performed an interfaith couple; Birney a Jewish cab driver, and Baxter a Catholic schoolteacher. Upon his loss of life, the outlet reported that, through the sequence’ run, some Jewish teams started to cry out in regards to the present’s use of Jewish stereotypes, and pointed to its constructive portrayal of Jewish and Christian interfaith marriages. Regardless of this controversy, nevertheless, the present nonetheless rated among the many prime 10 primetime sequence and ranked because the highest-rated new present of 1972-1973 (through The New York Occasions).
It comes as no shock, then, that others would share their sort phrases in regards to the lack of such a legend. Talking to Folks, Birney’s ex-wife and former on-screen spouse Baxter mentioned “I used to be very saddened by the loss of life of David Birney. My coronary heart goes out to our kids, Kate, Peter and Mollie. David was a dominant affect of their lives and the lack of him can be deeply felt.”
On Twitter, followers of all ages shared their sentiments as nicely, with one user saying, “‘Bridget Loves Bernie’ was a very nice little present that I’m glad I acquired to see as a child. I bear in mind him turning up as a St. Elsewhere common for a bit as nicely. RIP, David Birney.” One other person shared a heartfelt thought, tweeting, “I bear in mind Bridget Loves Bernie. I had a crush on David Birney. He was so gifted. I’ll miss his being on this aircraft. #RIPDavidBirney.” Whereas the ache of his loss could also be felt, the enjoyment that Birney’s performances dropped at many will stay on.
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