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Convy sub-hosting on To Tell the Truth, 1968
|Born||Bernard Whalen Convy
July 23, 1933
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||July 15, 1991
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Brain tumor|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery|
|Education||North Hollywood High School|
|Alma mater||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|Occupation||Actor, game show host, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Anne Anderson (m. 1959–91)
Catherine Hills (m. 1991–91)
Bernard Whalen "Bert" Convy (July 23, 1933 – July 15, 1991) was an American actor, singer, game show host and panelist known for his tenure as the host for Tattletales, Super Password, and Win, Lose or Draw.
Convy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Monica (née Whalen) and Bert Fleming Convy. Convy's family moved to Los Angeles when he was seven years old. He later attended North Hollywood High School where he was an all-around athlete. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies when he was just 17, playing two years of minor league baseball in 1951–52. He later joined the 1950s vocal band, The Cheers, who had a Top 10 hit in 1955 with "Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots".
Convy started his career in the entertainment business as a featured performer and singer in the Billy Barnes Revues of the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared in the 1961 Warner Brothers drama Susan Slade, playing Troy Donahue′s rival for the affections of Connie Stevens. Convy went on to became a Broadway actor, starring as Perchick in the original cast of Fiddler on the Roof (1964), The Impossible Years (1965), and creating the role of Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret (1966). He also appeared in the Roger Corman film A Bucket of Blood, playing Lou Raby; and the soap opera Love of Life, playing Glenn Hamilton, a rapist.
Game show host
In the 1960s and 1970s, Convy was a popular semi-regular panelist on several game shows, including What′s My Line?, To Tell the Truth, The Match Game and Password. He soon took the podium himself as host of several game shows, including the fourth edition of Password, Super Password (1984–1989), and Tattletales (1974–1978, 1982–1984), for which he was awarded an Emmy for Best Game Show Host in 1977. In 1979, he appeared on Password Plus with Elizabeth Montgomery, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller, Judy Norton Taylor, Marcia Wallace, and Elaine Joyce, and Allen Ludden, the main host.
Convy also hosted the first two seasons of the syndicated version of Win, Lose or Draw (1987–1989), which he co-produced with Burt Reynolds (under Burt and Bert Productions). The third and final season (1989–1990) of Win, Lose or Draw was hosted by Robb Weller, freeing up Convy to host his last game show (which he also produced), 3rd Degree, a syndicated program that ran during the 1989–90 TV season. Convy was planned as host for the 1990 revival of Match Game, but he was too ill to do so; comedian and Love Me, Love Me Not host Ross Shafer took the role instead.
In the 1960–1961 season, Convy guest starred on Pat O′Brien′s short-lived ABC sitcom, Harrigan and Son, as well as guest-starring on the ABC private detective show 77 Sunset Strip in the role of David. He was also cast on an episode of CBS′s The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Jack Foster, a friend of Mary′s, alongside future Alice co-star, Beth Howland. In 1973, Convy was a guest star in an episode of Hawaii Five O.
He attempted to parlay his fame in a short-lived variety series, The Late Summer Early Fall Bert Convy Show in 1976. In 1979, he appeared with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in a movie of the same name. In 1970, Convy played Paul Revere in the TV series Bewitched on the episode ″Paul Revere Rides Again″. He also appeared in episodes of three other CBS series: Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord; Mission: Impossible, starring Peter Graves; and The New Phil Silvers Show, with comedian Phil Silvers, and starred in the premiere episode of Fantasy Island with Ricardo Montalban, and had a supporting role in the pilot episode of Murder, She Wrote with Angela Lansbury, as well as a role in a later episode. His credits also include a guest starring role on ABC′s Charlie′s Angels episode ″Love Boat Angels″ in 1979, which coincidentally was the first episode for new Angel, Shelley Hack. In 1983, Convy briefly returned to scripted series television in the ABC sitcom It′s Not Easy, playing opposite Ken Howard. Convy joined the project when it was recast, after its intended premiere in the 1982–83 season was delayed; he earned the role originally given to Larry Breeding, who was killed in a car accident in September 1982 after the first pilot was shot.
Convy also starred in several movies, most memorably in the film Semi-Tough (1977) where he played a caricature of Werner Erhard named ″Friedrich Bismark″. He starred in French director Philippe de Broca′s Les Caprices de Marie (Give Her the Moon, 1970). He also played a teacher named Jeff Reed in the horror movie Jennifer. In 1979, he starred in the movie Racquet, as a tennis star. He also made a fine appearance in Help Wanted: Male (1982). In addition, he directed the 1986 comedy Weekend Warriors. In 1980, Convy produced and directed the Goodspeed Opera House premiere of the musical Zapata, music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson and Perry Botkin, Jr., libretto by Allan Katz. Convy's final feature film was the 1981 movie The Cannonball Run, in which he played a character named Bradford Compton.
Convy was married twice. He married Anne Anderson in 1959 with whom he had three children: Jennifer, Joshua, and Jonah. Convy and Anderson divorced in 1991. Convy married his second wife, Catherine Hill, five months before his death.
In April 1990, Convy was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing while visiting his mother there, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He died from the tumor on July 15, 1991 at his home in Brentwood. He is buried in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
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on Password Plus
|Host of Super Password
September 24, 1984– March 24, 1989
on "Million Dollar Password" in 2008
|Host of Win, Lose or Draw syndicated nighttime edition
|Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host