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Christiaan Bernard (1922–2001)

Christiaan Bernard was born on November 8, 1922 in Beauford West, South Africa as Christiaan Neethling Barnard. He was married to Karin Setzkorn, Barbara Maria Zoellner and Aletta Gertruida Louw. He died on September 2, 2001 in Coral Bay, Cyprus. See full bio »


(age 78) in Coral Bay, Cyprus

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Romeo und Julia 70
Knife to the Heart
Knife to the Heart Himself (segment "The Man with the Golden Hands")
Frost on Friday
Frost on Friday Himself
The Mike Douglas Show
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 1999 HARDtalk (TV Series)
- Christiaan Barnard (1999) ... Himself
 1997 Knife to the Heart (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself (segment "The Man with the Golden Hands")
 1989 The Dame Edna Experience (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (1989) ... Himself
 1981 Tomorrow Coast to Coast (TV Series)
- Episode dated 10 November 1981 (1981) ... Himself
 1975-1978 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Dr. Bernard / Himself - Dr. Barnard
- Episode #16.157 (1978) ... Himself - Dr. Bernard
- Episode #14.32 (1975) ... Himself - Dr. Barnard
 1970 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.90 (1970) ... Himself (as Dr. Christian Bernard)
 1969 Frost on Friday (TV Series)
- Christiaan Barnard (1969) ... Himself (as Professor Christiaan Barnard)
 1969 Romeo und Julia 70 (TV Mini-Series)
 1968 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
- Man's Best Friends ...In Research (1968) ... Himself
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 2013 Mend Me: A Horizon Guide to Transplants (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (as Christiaan Barnard)
 2004 Graffiti 60 (TV Mini-Series documentary)

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Alternate Names:

Christiaan Barnard | Professor Christiaan Barnard | Dr. Christian Bernard

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Personal Quote:

[just before his death] At almost 79, people ask me, "Where do you go from here?" I say to them, "I'm on the waiting list. I don't know exactly where I am on that list or where I'm going, but I'm on it."


A South African heart surgeon who performed the world's first heart transplant. In 1967 Barnard headed a 30-person surgical team that transplanted the heart of a young girl who had died in an auto accident into a diabetic 55-year-old man whose heart was failing and who was near death. The patient lived just 18 days after the operation, but his next heart transplant resulted in the patient living ... See more »

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