Bernard Bonnin was born Herman Bonnin on September 8, 1939 in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental, Visayas, Philippines. His parents were Juan S. Bonnin, a pure Spaniard from Palma de Mallorca, and Lina Zayco, a native of Himamaylan, Negros Occidental. He moved to Manila at the age of 14 to complete his secondary education in San Beda.
Bonnin’s first film appearance was in “Ay Pepita” but he rose to fame with the 1965 movie, “Palos”. In 2008, ABS-CBN remade “Palos” into a television series starring Jake Cuenca, with Bonnin returning in a supporting role. Bonnin appeared in over 100 films, including “Gagamba”, “Ako ang Lalagot sa Hininga Mo”, “Code Name: Bomba”, “Target: Captain Karate”.
Bernard appeared in only one Euro-western: “The Arizona Kid” (1970) with fellow comic Filipino actor Chiquito [1932-1997]
Bonnin died from multiple organ collapse due to diabetes on November 21, 2009 in Quezon City, Philippines.
Today we remember Bernard Bonnin on what would have been his 75th birthday.