Birthday: July 23, 1933
Died At Age: 57
Sun Sign: Leo
Also Known As: Bernard Whalen Convy
Born in: St. Louis
Famous as: Actor
Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Catherine Hills, Anne Anderson (m. 1959–1990)
father: Bert Fleming Convy
mother: Monica Whalen
children: Jennifer Convy, Jonah Convy, Joshua Convy
Died on: July 15, 1991
place of death: Los Angeles
U.S. State: California, Missouri
education: UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles
Who was Bert Convy?
Bert Convy was an American actor, television presenter, and a game show host who was known for hosting game shows like ‘Super Password and Win’, ‘Tattletales’, and ‘Lose or Draw’. He won an Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host in the late 1970s for his work as the host in the CBS game show ‘Tattletales’. Convy was a multitalented man. As a youngster, he was very athletic and used to play minor league baseball. He also pursued a career in music for a while. After entering the entertainment industry, he earned much popularity as a game show host. He eventually set up a production house along with Burt Reynolds and their first production, the game show ‘Win, Lose or Draw,’ became a big hit among the audience. Also a well-established actor, Convy was a familiar face in the Broadway circuit. He later appeared in many films as well. His popular television and film projects include ‘Alice’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’, ‘The Partridge Family’, and ‘Mission: Impossible.’
While Bert Convy is most popular among the television audience for his game shows, he was an established Broadway actor before he entered the television industry. Convy started acting in the mid-1950s and he appeared in the musical ‘The Billy Barnes Revue’ in Los Angeles and later appeared in the Broadway production of ‘Nowhere to Go but Up’. His other memorable works in the Broadway include ‘Cabaret’, ‘The Impossible Years’, and ‘The Front Page’. Convy also appeared in the musicals ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Now I Have Everything.’ He replaced actor Raul Julia in the lead role of ‘Guido Contini’ in the Broadway production of ‘Nine’ when Julia was unavailable.
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Film & TV Career
Bert Convy had an illustrious career on television. He appeared in a number of guest roles in television shows like ‘Harrigan and Son’, ‘77 Sunset Strip’, ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’, and ‘Perry Mason’ during the early part of his career. He portrayed the role of the defendant ‘Harry Thompson’ in ‘Perry Mason’. Bert Convy appeared as ‘Lt. Steve Ostrowski’ in the American comedy television show, ‘The Snoop Sisters’. The show was aired on NBC; it was a short-lived one and failed to make a mark. He played important guest roles in shows like ‘Bewitched’, ‘The Silent Force’, ‘The New Phil Silvers Show’, ‘Fantasy Island’, ‘The Partridge Family’, ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Charlie's Angels’, and ‘Murder, She Wrote’ in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Convy played some significant roles in films too. His most popular performance was of a caricature of Werner Erhard in the film ‘Semi-Tough’. The 1977 comedy film also featured Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, and Jill Clayburgh alongside Convy. His other memorable films include ‘A Bucket of Blood’, ‘Susan Slade’, ‘SST: Death Flight’, ‘Jennifer’, ‘Hanging by a Thread’, ‘The Man in the Santa Claus Suit’, ‘Hero at Large’, and ‘The Cannonball Run’.
Bert Convy was best known for hosting the game show ‘Tattletales’. He was initially part of the show between 1974 and 1978, after which the show was put on hold. He returned to the show in 1982 and was part of it till 1984. Convy won the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host in 1977 for his work in the show. He previously appeared in other game shows like ‘What's My Line?’, ‘To Tell the Truth’, and ‘Password.’
Bert Convy and Burt Reynolds, who had worked together previously on a number of occasions, decided to form their own production house which they named ‘Burt and Bert Productions’. The first production of the company was a game show called ‘Win, Lose or Draw’ which was first telecast on NBC in 1987. Convy hosted the show for the first two years, after which he left to take control of another game show of their production house, ‘3rd Degree’.
Family & Personal Life
Bert Convy was born as Bernard Whalen Convy in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 23, 1933, to Bernard Fleming and Monica Convy. When Convy was seven, his family moved to Los Angeles and he attended North Hollywood High School. Convy represented the ‘Philadelphia Phillies’ in minor league baseball for two years after the club offered him a contract. Convy later went to The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
In 1959, Convy married Anne Anderson, with who he regularly appeared in his famous game show ‘Tattletales’. The couple had three children together, Jennifer Convy (born in 1960), Joshua Convy (born in 1965), and Jonah Convy (born in 1968). The couple divorced after 32 years of marriage in 1991. The same year, Convy married Catherine Hall. At that time, Convy was battling a malignant brain tumor. He died on July 15, 1991, at his home, just eight days prior to his 58th birthday.