Bert Convy was the host of such ditties as: Tattletales,
Win, Lose or Draw, Super Password, and even subbed for Johnny Carson on The
His was born Bernard Whalen Convy in St. Louis,
In April of 1990, Bert had been admitted to Cedars
Sinai Medical Center, after collapsing, during a visit
with his mother. After examination, Bert had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
He was not given long to live - he lasted 15 months.
Mr. Convy had been married for nearly 30 years to a woman named Anne, but
they had separated in 1987 and were going through a rather difficult divorce.
In the meantime, dying Bert had met another woman named Catherine Hills, who was
25 years old to his 57. Bert begged his first wife to give him the divorce, and he
promised not to contest it He wanted to marry the new woman (Catherine)
he loved. Anne agreed, and Bert married Catherine in February of 1991. Phew.
Bert's illness progressed. He had been operated on twice for the tumor,
and spent months in various hospitals. When there was no hope left, he
spent his last three months at his Brentwood
Village home. He lived on a street called Crescenda,
and their house number, was 11737.
Not a great view of the house, but here's a view up
His heart eventually stopped working at 5:20pm, on Monday,
1991. Bert's new wife was at his side. Three children from his first marriage,
Jennifer, Joshua, and John also survived him. It was one week before his 58th birthday.
His funeral took
place on July 18th, at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. It was attended
by Burt Reynolds, his then wife Loni Anderson, Sally Struthers, Dom DeLuise, Tom
Poston, Convy's wife, kids and ailing mother.
A very big Findadeath thank you to Marla Brooks for tagging along with me, to
grab those photo's of Bert's house, and to Terri Rios, for her Cedars Sinai
Trivia: Bert Convy appeared on several episodes of The Partridge Family as Shirley's somewhat serious beau :)
This was send it by Findadeath.com friend, Sue. Thanks Sue! How in
the world could I have forgotten that one?
Bert Convy was also
in a group called 'The Cheers" that had hits (minor ones) in the mid 50's like
'Black Denim Trousers" and "Bazoom- I Need Your Lovin'."
Thanks to Ed Rupp for that tidbit.
Findadeath.com friend Ellen sends this in:
I was touched by your thorough
& compassionate coverage of Bert Convy (famous for...being famous, I
guess?), & I wanted to add another late-career appearance he made. It was
on Showtime's "It's Garry Shandling's Show" & he was cute &
funny as Garry's neighbor who acted as a host of the at-home version of
"Win, Lose or Draw," playing a spirited game with some late-night
partygoers IN HIS BATHROBE.