From the very beginning, Bernard Sell was destined to be an actor. His father was a musician over in England and was school mates with Charlie Chaplin. His first love was the sea and he decided to become a seamen. Eventually, fate intervened and he met Errol Flynn on one of his trips to Tasmania. Flynn convinced Sell to come with him to be in motion pictures.
Because of his good looks, Bernie found an abundance of work. He could deliver dialog in a movie or just collect a paycheck as a party guest. It wasn't uncommon for him to have dialog in a film but he found work steadier just being a stand-in and working as an extra whenever he could. He could be frequently in various movies with dialog in such roles as reporters and party guest.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Sell worked as a stand-in over at Disney studios. However he found higher paying work as a stuntman. He used his knowledge of scuba diving to procure work as a scuba diver in a few films. He would still frequently appear