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Bernie Pock (28 March 19635 June 1996; age 33) was a stuntman, martial artist and stunt actor who worked as Stunt Rigger for the Yosemite climbing sequence in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He then appeared as the holographic Aikido fighter in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode "Code of Honor" in 1987 and worked as stunt double for William Shatner in Star Trek Generations in 1994.

Personal Edit

Born as Bernhard Peter Pock in Innsbruck, Austria, Europe in 1963, he was the son of actress Nancy Kwan and Austrian hotelier Peter Pock. Pock was born in Austria where his mother and father had opened a ski resort, but the marriage did not last long and the couple divorced in 1968. Kwan moved back to Hollywood where she had a two year marriage with Pock's stepfather writer and producer David Giler. Following the divorce Pock and his mother moved to Hong Kong to care for Kwan's ill father. In the late 1970s they returned to the United States where Kwan met her third husband and Pock's second stepfather, director, actor, and producer Norbert Meisel, whom she married in 1976. Kwan described Pock as "Bernhard, who had the blonde hair of his father and the delicate features of his mother." [1]

Pock met Debra Jane Lasley in 1990 and married her in 1992. Both unaware she had AIDS, he contracted HIV from her; she died of the disease shortly after they were married. [2] Pock died of AIDS in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, USA; he was only 33 years old. [3]

In 1997, Nancy Kwan published the autobiographical book Celebration of a Life - Memoirs of My Son for which she co-credited Pock as author. The book contains poems, writings, and letters depicting the life of Pock. [4]

Stunt career Edit

Television Edit

Among Pock's television stunt work are episodes of North and South (1985, with stunts by Pat McGroarty, Jimmy Ortega, Vince Deadrick, and Gregory J. Barnett), The A-Team (1986, with Dwight Schultz and Gregory Itzin), Magnum, P.I. (1986, stunt coordination by Bob Minor), Beauty and the Beast (1987, with Ron Perlman, Merritt Butrick, Jeffrey Combs, Jimmy Ortega, and Charlie Picerni), Rescue 911 (hosted by William Shatner), and his appearance in Star Trek: TNG.

Further television work includes episodes of The New Adam-12 (1990, with Peter Parros and Tiny Ron) and Baywatch (1991, stunt coordinated by Gregory J. Barnett and directed by Monte Markham).

Film Edit

Pock started his career in the stunt business in 1984 when he made his first appearance in the action drama Streets of Fire on which he appeared as one of the "Roadmasters" gang members alongside fellow stunt performers Vince Deadrick, Jr., Paul Lane, Spiro Razatos, and Jeff Smolek. He then worked on the action film 24 Hours to Midnight (1985), the comedy sequel Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985, starring David Graf and stunts by Tom Morga and Brian J. Williams), the science fiction film Back to the Future (1985, starring Christopher Lloyd and stunts by Dick Butler and Max Kleven), the fantasy comedy Teen Wolf (1985, with stunts by Mike Cassidy and David Michael Graves), the science fiction/horror film Maximum Overdrive (1986, with stunts by Christine Ann Baur, Tommy J. Huff, and Julius LeFlore), the fantasy comedy The Golden Child (1986), the horror film The Lost Boys (1987, with Todd Feder and stunts by Gene LeBell, Janet Brady, and Spice Williams-Crosby), and the action thriller Die Hard (1988).

In the 1990s he performed stunts in the science fiction comedy Space Invaders (1990, with stunts by David Michael Graves, Ronnie Rondell, Jr., and Gregg Sargeant), the western adventure Young Guns II (1990), the action film Fast Getaway (1991, directed by Spiro Razatos), the comedy Wayne's World (1992), the adventure The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and the crime comedy Sneakers (1992).

Pock worked as stunt coordinator on the action film Rage and Honor (1992, with Brian Thompson, Alex Datcher, Faith Minton, and stunts by Michael J. Sarna and J.J. Perry), the crime drama Dangerous Minds (1995, with John Neville and stunts by Jay Caputo), and the drama The War at Home (1996, with Geoffrey Blake). He was the stunt double for Mike Myers in the comedy So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) and for Martin Short in the comedy Clifford (1994). Further film stunt work includes the comedy Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), the comedy sequel Wayne's World 2 (1993), the action film Last Man Standing (1995), the comedy A Very Brady Sequel (1996, with Olivia Hack and Whitney Rydbeck), and the horror thriller Thinner (1996, with Time Winters and stunts by Joey Box, Jay Caputo, Bud Davis, Michael Haynes, Lynn Salvatori, and Erik Stabenau).

In 1995, Pock made his directorial debut with the drama Rebellious for which he also wrote the story and appeared in front of the camera in the role of Jeremy Duff. His mother and his stepfather appeared in this film while Meisel also worked as producer on it. Actress Amber Tamblyn, a friend of Pock, wrote a poetry book in 2000 and dedicated it to Pock. [5]

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