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Bert Convy

Biography

Although best remembered for his extended career like a television game show host, Bert Convy also enjoyed a run like a recording artist, actually cracking the U.S. Top 10 as an associate of the first rock & move trio the Cheers. Created Bernard Whalen Convy in St. Louis on July 23, 1933, Convy graduated from UCLA and pursued a profession as a specialist baseball participant, patrolling remaining field for the Significantly Western League’s Klamath Falls, Oregon group in 1951. As an associate from the Philadelphia Phillies’ plantation system, he performed for some Western Association groups before he dropped his starting work and abandoned the overall game completely. Convy came back to LA and, with fellow performers Gil Garfield and Sue Allen, shaped the Cheers and documented demos for the famous songwriting group of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. Within the fall months of 1955, Capitol released their rendition of Lieber and Stoller’s “Dark Denim Trousers and Motorbike Footwear” as an individual and it charted at quantity six. Capitol released five Cheers singles in every and two even more adopted in 1957 on Mercury. Following the group dissolved, Convy installed a solo profession and documented the novelty work “The Monster’s Hop” for Contender in 1959. That same yr, he appeared within the stage creation Billy Barnes Revue and its own associated Decca soundtrack. The publicity brought Convy to the eye of B-movie filmmaker Roger Corman, who quickly cast the acting professional in his cult-classic Bucket of Bloodstream. After a group of visitor roles on tv series including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Remove, and Perry Mason, Convy originated the part of Perchik in his 1964 efficiency from the now-classic Broadway musical, Fiddler on the top. Convy also made an appearance on its best-selling soundtrack LP. 2 yrs later on, he originated the type of Clifford Bradshaw in another Broadway landmark, Cabaret. He was also a fixture of Television range showcases and chat shows of the time and headlined many suggested primetime pilots which were declined by network brass. After briefly time for recording using the 1970 Period single “Simply Provide Me a Opportunity,” Convy authorized on to sponsor the popular day time game display Tattletales. Along with his visual appearance and affable character, he proved an ideal host, earning a Day time Emmy Honor for his focus on this program. In 1976, Convy also managed his personal short-lived primetime range series, The Past due Summer-Early Fall Bert Convy Display, and was a regular visitor star around the anthologies The Like Boat and Dream Island. Following a 1978 cancellation of Tattletales, Convy co-starred within the failed 1983 sitcom IT ISN’T Easy and continued to sponsor NBC’s Super Security password for five months. From 1987 to 1990, he also managed the syndicated Get, Lose or Pull, which he co-produced with longtime friend Burt Reynolds. Convy passed away from a mind tumor on July 15, 1991.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bert Convy
Died July 15, 1991, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.85 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Television producer, Game Show Host
Education University of California, Los Angeles, North Hollywood High School
Nationality American
Spouse Catherine Hills, Anne Anderson
Children Jennifer Convy, Jonah Convy, Joshua Convy
Parents Monica Whalen, Bert Fleming Convy
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Groups The Cheers
Music Songs The Monster Hop, Now I Have Everything, Sunrise, Sunset, Cabaret: Why Should I Wake Up?, Cabaret: Perfectly Marvelous, Where are Your Children?, Foolin' Ourselves, Tyler My Boy, The Gorilla, Something to Think About, Do a Revue, Just Give Me a Chance, One of Those Days, Las Vegas, Chicken, Renatta
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor In A Daytime Drama Special
Movies The Cannonball Run, Semi-Tough, Hero at Large, A Bucket of Blood, SST: Death Flight, Susan Slade, Jennifer, Weekend Warriors, The Man in the Santa Claus Suit, Hanging by a Thread, Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, The Girl on the Late, Late Show, Gunman's Walk, Racquet, Help Wanted: Male, Love Thy Neighbor, The Love Boat II, Give Her the Moon, Death Takes a Holiday, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Project Phoenix, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery, Ebony, Ivory and Jade, Oh! Baby, Baby, Baby...
TV Shows Win, Lose or Draw, 3rd Degree, Super Password, Password Plus and Super Password, Love of Life, The Snoop Sisters, Tattletales, It's Not Easy, The Late Summer Early Fall Bert Convy Show, People Do The Craziest Things


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#Fact
1 The November 17, 1971, issue of Variety, in the Hollywood Production Pulse section, lists the movie The Poppies of Hell, director Patrice Rhomm, starring Bert Convy. Filming began Sep 22, 1971, in Yugoslavia, suspended Oct 6, 1971. Filming was to resume in March 1972. No evidence the film was ever completed.
2 Identified in the book "Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live" as one of several celebrities who asked to host "Saturday Night Live" but was rejected by the SNL producers.
3 Went to college with Comedian Carol Burnett at UCLA.
4 Was Good friends with comedian Vicki Lawrence.
5 Had three children after marrying his first wife, Anne Anderson, in 1959: Jennifer Convy (1960), Joshua Convy (1965) and Jonah Convy (1968).
6 In April 1990, Convy was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing while visiting his mother. It was there that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and was given a short time to live, resulting in the relinquishing his role of host in a planned Match Game (1990) series. After seeking many treatments from several hospitals, Convy died from the tumor on July 15, 1991, eight days shy of his 58th birthday. He is buried in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
7 His father was in the shoe business. His parents split up when he was seven and his mother moved them to the San Fernando Valley where he attended North Hollywood High and was deemed "class clown".
8 Spent a couple of years shuttling between college and Philadelphia Phillies farm clubs in outposts like Klamath Falls, Oreg. and Miami, Okla. In 1952 he managed to get on stage at UCLA in a non-speaking role as a butler in Molière's "The Imaginary Invalid".
9 Bert and Anne had separated in 1987, but were going through a long, difficult divorce. In the meantime, Bert, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, had met another woman named Catherine Hills, who was 25 years old. After suffering a series of severe strokes in 1990, Bert reportedly asked his first wife to give him a divorce so he could die married to Catherine. Anne agreed to it. Bert and Catherine were married in February of 1991 and Bert died five months later.
10 Bert's funeral took place on July 18, 1991, at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. Among the celebrity attendees were Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Sally Struthers, Dom DeLuise and Tom Poston.
11 In 1968 Convy was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. When police waded into the crowd outside his hotel beating them with billy clubs and truncheons, many of the demonstrators ran into the hotel to escape the beatings, and several found their way to Convy's room. Police burst into his room, beat the demonstrators bloody, arrested them and hauled them off to jail (whre many were beaten yet again). Convy, horrified at the unprovoked and vicious assaults and enraged at the police's kicking in his hotel room door, showed up at the jail, passed himself off as the demonstrators' lawyer and demanded that they be released immediately. He caused such a ruckus that just to get rid of him, the police turned over 17 of the demonstrators to him before they could be charged with anything.
12 Two Broadway musicals he appeared in ("Fiddler on the Roof" and "Cabaret") were later recreated for cinema. In both instances, the characters he played were changed to non-singing parts.
13 1967: He was seriously considered for the role of Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows (1966), but lost out to Jonathan Frid.
14 Attended the film program at UCLA.
15 Was slated as host of the new Match Game (1990) on ABC, but he became too ill and was replaced by Ross Shafer.
16 Was part of the 1950s pop group, The Cheers, along with Sue Allen and Gil Garfield. The trio had hit #6 with "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" in 1955.
17 Convy played first base for a Philadelphia Phillies farm team before entering show business.
18 Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, Court of Liberty, left of sidewalk.
19 Father of three children, including Jennifer Convy and Jonah Convy.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1990 TV Series Bert Convy
The Love Boat 1978-1987 TV Series Ted Myler / Bert Convy / Josh Atkins / ...
Hotel 1984-1986 TV Series Harley Magnuson / Kurt
Murder, She Wrote 1984-1986 TV Series Christopher Bundy / Peter Brill
Love Thy Neighbor 1984 TV Movie Mike Wilson
Fantasy Island 1978-1984 TV Series Mitchell Robinson / Hal Garnett / Dr. John Carlson / ...
It's Not Easy 1983 TV Series Neil Townsend
Help Wanted: Male 1982 TV Movie Skip McCullough
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls 1981 TV Movie Tony Polar
The Cannonball Run 1981 Brad
Hero at Large 1980 Walter Reeves
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit 1979 TV Movie Gil Travis
Charlie's Angels 1979 TV Series Paul Hollister
Ebony, Ivory and Jade 1979 TV Movie Mick Jade
Racquet 1979 Tommy Everett
Hanging by a Thread 1979 TV Movie Alan Durant
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 1979 TV Movie Lyman Spencer
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery 1978 TV Movie Bill Dent
Jennifer 1978 Jeff Reed
Semi-Tough 1977 Friedrich Bismark
SST: Death Flight 1977 TV Movie Tim Vernon
The Love Boat II 1977 TV Movie Ralph Manning
The Late Summer Early Fall Bert Convy Show 1976 TV Series
Good Heavens 1976 TV Series Chris Livingston
Medical Story 1975 TV Series Hal Barringer
Matt Helm 1975 TV Series Peters
Karen 1975 TV Series Steve Hunter
Hawaii Five-O 1973-1975 TV Series Hubbard / Thomas Brown
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1974 TV Series Rick Stoner
McMillan & Wife 1974 TV Series Derek Quigley
Shakespeare Loves Rembrandt 1974 TV Movie
The Girl on the Late, Late Show 1974 TV Movie F.J. Allen
Police Story 1974 TV Series Crowley
The Snoop Sisters 1973-1974 TV Series Lt. Steve Ostrowski / Lt. Ostrowski
Love, American Style 1971-1973 TV Series Steffi's Father / Adult Ernie (segment "Love and the Unsteady Steady") / Leonard Stilp (segment "Love and the Cryptic Gift") / ...
The Delphi Bureau 1973 TV Series George Danvers
Lady Luck 1973 TV Movie Clay
The Partridge Family 1971-1973 TV Series Richard Lawrence / Dr. Whelander
Search 1973 TV Series Roger Allan
Mary Tyler Moore 1972 TV Series Jack Foster
Banacek 1972 TV Series Douglas Ruderman
Keep the Faith 1972 TV Movie Rabbi Miller
Mission: Impossible 1972 TV Series Doug Stafford
Death Takes a Holiday 1971 TV Movie John Cummings
Nanny and the Professor 1971 TV Series Prof. Roger Samuelson
Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Harvey Doane (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
The Most Deadly Game 1971 TV Series Tom Motley
The Silent Force 1970 TV Series
Bewitched 1970 TV Series Paul Revere
The Interns 1970 TV Series Dave Carmichael
Give Her the Moon 1970 Broderick MacPower
Hawk 1966 TV Series Len Vardis
Preview Tonight 1966 TV Series
East Side/West Side 1964 TV Series Michael Forrester
The Defenders 1964 TV Series Captain Prentiss
Act One 1963 Archie Leach
The New Phil Silvers Show 1963 TV Series Roxy
The Untouchables 1962 TV Series Eddie Paris
Susan Slade 1961 Wells Corbett
77 Sunset Strip 1958-1961 TV Series David Todd / Kemal / Blake Catto
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1961 TV Series Ben Hollister
Hawaiian Eye 1961 TV Series David Stone
Harrigan and Son 1961 TV Series Buddy Wilson
My Sister Eileen 1960 TV Series Randy Connerly
Perry Mason 1960 TV Series Harry Thompson
One Step Beyond 1960 TV Series Prof. Andersson
A Bucket of Blood 1959 Lou Raby (as Burt Convy)
Alcoa Theatre 1959 TV Series Glen Lawrence
The Silent Service 1958 TV Series Driving Officer
Gunman's Walk 1958 Paul Chouard (uncredited)
Those Whiting Girls 1957 TV Series Trio member
Men of Annapolis 1957 TV Series Baxter
Love of Life 1951 TV Series Glenn Hamilton (1963)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 Documentary performer: "Sunrise, Sunset"
Super Password 1985-1986 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
3rd Degree! 1989 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Win, Lose or Draw 1987 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Weekend Warriors 1986 executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Weekend Warriors 1986

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Match Game 1990 TV Series Himself - Host
Donahue 1989 TV Series Himself
3rd Degree! 1989 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Super Password 1984-1989 TV Series Himself - Host
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular 1988 TV Special Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special Himself
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1988 TV Series Himself
99th Tournament of Roses Parade 1988 TV Movie Himself
Win, Lose or Draw 1987 TV Series Himself - Host
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Himself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz 1985 TV Movie Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 TV Special Himself - Host
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special 1984 TV Movie Himself
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 TV Special Himself
People Do the Craziest Things 1984 TV Series Himself - Host
Tattletales 1982 TV Series Himself - Host
The Price Is Right 1975-1982 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Password Plus 1979-1982 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1974-1982 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
The Bert Convy Special: There's a Meeting Here Tonight 1981 TV Movie Himself - Host
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series Himself
The Alan Hamel Show 1979 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Himself
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary Co-host - part VI
Tattletales 1974-1977 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1977 TV Series Himself - TV Game Host / Himself - TV Game Show Host / Himself - Game Show Host
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Match Game 73 1973-1975 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Merv Griffin Show 1965-1974 TV Series Himself
Password All-Stars 1972 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
What's My Line? 1968-1970 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Panelist
He Said, She Said 1970 TV Series Himself
The Match Game 1968-1969 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
Snap Judgment 1968 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl 2012 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself
2009 Game Show Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 2002 TV Special Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation Show Tattletales (1974)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Win, Lose or Draw (1987) · Burt Reynolds (executive producer)
· Richard S. Kline (producer)
1989 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Win, Lose or Draw (1987) · Burt Reynolds (executive producer)
· Richard S. Kline (producer)
1988 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Win, Lose or Draw (1987) · Burt Reynolds (executive producer)
· Richard S. Kline (producer)
1975 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Special The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)


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#Quote
1 The [UCLA] dean told the 500 of us, 'if you are very, very lucky, one of you will make his living in this business . . . one!' I remember walking out, feeling sorry for the other 499.


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