The Lost and Damned
|Full Name||Florian Cravic|
|Date of Birth||1978|
|Place of Birth||Serbia|
Orange Infernus (before giving it to Niko Bellic)|
|Voiced by||Timothy J. Alex|
Bernie Crane, formerly Florian Cravic, is a character that appears in Grand Theft Auto IV. Florian was one of only three surviving members of Niko Bellic's squad during the Yugoslavian Wars. In 2008 he is living in the United States of America, specifically, Liberty City.
|Spoiler Warning: Plot and/or ending details are in the text which follows.|
Florian was born in 1978, in the same small Serbian village as Niko Bellic and Roman Bellic. He fought alongside Niko in the Yugoslav Wars, also befriended Roman, and wanted to be a wrestler according to Niko. He worked in an abattoir (a slaughterhouse) in those years, which he found unpleasant. He was a deeply closeted homosexual at the time, and used to speak in a more masculine voice (which is heard in Weekend at Florian's, when he becomes very angry).
In his last days in the war as a teenager, he joined Niko, Darko Brevic, and twelve other soldiers on a mission into enemy territory. Darko secretly sold information to their enemies for $1,000 towards his drug addiction, and twelve of the boys were killed with the exception of Niko, Darko and Florian. Florian correctly assumed that it was Darko, but unlike Niko he had no drive for revenge and decided to start fresh by moving to the United States.
As early as 1995, Florian moved to Liberty City, where he changed his name to Bernie Crane (shunning "Florian Cravic" as if it were a split personality) and felt comfortable being an outward homosexual. At a foam party at the famous gay club Hercules (opened in 1998 by "Gay" Tony Prince), he met Deputy Mayor Bryce Dawkins, who he started dating afterwards. In 2003 and 2004, he was arrested for soliciting sex and holding ecstasy. At an unknown point in time, Bryce used his influence to protect Bernie from the LCPD.
In 2008, Niko Bellic traveled to Liberty City for a number of reasons, one being to track down Florian and kill him if he was in fact identified as the traitor. After much work for many crime syndicates, mobster Ray Boccino pointed Bellic in the direction of Talbot Daniels, a presumable sexual partner of Florian's. Niko and Roman forced Talbot to direct him to Bernie's apartment, barged in and pointed a gun at him. Bernie insisted that he is innocent and Niko was convinced, vowing to track down Darko Brevic.
Bernie later asks Niko to help him, as he is constantly harassed over his sexuality by everyone from common skinheads to Bryce's many blackmailers (Dimitri Rascalov, a major Russian mobster and coincidentally a mortal enemy of Niko's, and to a lesser extent Thomas Stubbs III, another politician who secretly bugged Bernie's Infernus). Niko eliminates all of these problems, and Bernie eventually gives him the Infernus, both of them unbeknownst it was bugged by Johnny Klebitz of The Lost MC earlier. Bernie is later seen during Mr and Mrs Bellic (both scenarios), in the background as one of the wedding guests.
LCPD Database record
First Name: Bernie
Place of Birth: Unknown
- 2003 - Loitering: Prostitution Solicitation (Age 25)
- 2004 - Possession Controlled Substance: Ecstacy (Age 26)
- AKA Florian Cravic.
- Involved in the gay nightclub scene.
- Currently resides in Middle Park West.
- Order from Mayor's office not to arrest or harass in any way.
- GTA IV
- Weekend at Florian's
- Hating the Haters (Boss)
- Union Drive (Boss)
- Buoys Ahoy (Boss)
- That Special Someone (Voice)
- Mr. and Mrs. Bellic
- The Lost and Damned
- Knowing Me, Knowing You (Voice)
- When on a motorcycle with Bernie, he wears a unique pink helmet.
- Similar with Niko, Bernie also has a scar on his left eyebrow.
- Bernie has a painting "The Creation of Adam" on the wall of his apartment, only instead of Adam, Bernie's face has been painted over it. He also has four paintings of flowers, which are all male parts of a flower.
- Bernie's favorite radio stations are K109 The Studio and IF99 - International Funk. He also sings "Golden" by Jill Scott as heard in the bugged car, which is heard on The Vibe 98.8.
- According to Talbot Daniels, Bernie only likes to be called Florian Cravic during "certain moments", presumably sex.
- Bernie was supposed to be a supporting character in the Ballad of Gay Tony, but was dropped because Timothy J. Alex couldn't commit to voicing the character again. While on wiretap in TLAD, he mentions being attracted to Luis Lopez.
- When Bernie is hit, his voice is that of a generic female voice.
- Bernie has a picture of Luis Lopez and Tony Prince next to his bed, in his loft, this can be seen in Weekend at Florian's.
- Bernie mentions to Niko Bellic that he wants to move to San Fierro with Deputy Mayor Bryce Dawkins because homosexuals are welcome there.