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Overview (4)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (brain tumor)
Birth NameBernard Whalen Convy
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bert Convy was born on July 23, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Bernard Whalen Convy. He was an actor, known for The Cannonball Run (1981), Hero at Large (1980) and Weekend Warriors (1986). He was married to Catherine Hall and Anne Anderson. He died on July 15, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Catherine Hall (14 February 1991 - 15 July 1991) (his death)
Anne Anderson (10 October 1959 - 1990) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (18)

Father of three children, including Jennifer Convy and Jonah Convy.
Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, Court of Liberty, left of sidewalk.
Played first base for a Philadelphia Phillies farm team before entering show business.
Was part of the 1950s pop group The Cheers, along with Sue Allen and Gil Garfield. The trio hit #6 with "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" in 1955.
Was slated as host of the new Match Game (1990) on ABC, but became too ill and was replaced by Ross Shafer.
Attended the film program at UCLA.
Was seriously considered for the role of Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows (1966), but lost out to Jonathan Frid.
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.
In 1968 he 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.
His 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.
He and wife Anne had separated in 1987, but were going through a long, difficult divorce. During this time he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and had met another woman named Catherine Hills, who was 25 years old. After suffering a series of severe strokes in 1990, he 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.
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".
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".
In April 1990 he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles 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 his relinquishing his job of host in a planned Match Game (1990) series. After seeking many treatments from several hospitals, he died from the tumor on July 15, 1991, eight days shy of his 58th birthday. He is buried in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
Had three children after marrying his first wife, Anne Anderson, in 1959: Jennifer Convy (1960), Joshua Convy (1965) and Jonah Convy (1968).
Went to college with Carol Burnett at UCLA.
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 (1975) but was rejected by the show's producers.
The November 17, 1971, issue of "Variety", in the Hollywood Production Pulse section, lists the movie "The Poppies of Hell", director Patrice Rhomm and staring Convy. Filming began Sep 22, 1971, in Yugoslavia, suspended Oct 6, 1971. Filming was to resume in March 1972. There is no evidence the film was ever completed.

Personal Quotes (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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