Before the entertainment industry across the globe became saturated with lots of entertainers ranging from actors, musicians, game show hosts, journalists, and many more, a lot of people had earlier toed the path and paved ways for what the current entertainers enjoy. One of such people who shaped the entertainment industry before taking a glorious bow is Bert Convy, a renowned American actor, singer, game show host cum panelist who dominated the industry from the late 1950s to his untimely death.
The talented entertainer tried baseball during high school before he delved into music and later acting. In all his works as a musician and actor, he was more popular as a game show host which earned him an Emmy Award in 1977, thanks to his CBS show titled Tattletales. As a legend who had done something worth writing about, this article is all about the late iconic entertainer, as well as when and how he died.
Who Was Bert Convy? How Old Was He?
Bernard Whalen Convy, popularly known as Bert Convy, was an American actor, singer, game show host and panelist widely known as the host of the American game shows – Tattlelates, Super Password, and Win, Lose or Draw. If Bert had not excelled in the showbiz, he would have done well as a baseball player as that was a game he played well during his high school days but would forfeit it to concentrate on acting and other media arts.
Bert Convy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States of America, on the 23rd of July, 1933. His father was Bernard Fleming while his mother was Monica Convy. When he turned seven, the family relocated to Los Angeles where he attended North Hollywood High School. As an athlete, Bert Convy excelled in sports, particularly in baseball. Owing to his exploits in baseball during his high school education, Philadelphia Philips, a professional baseball team based in Philadelphia, offered him a contract when he was just 17. Between 1951 and 1952, Bert competed in the minor baseball league before opting to leave the sport for other callings.
In the 1950s, after leaving the baseball team, Bert joined a local band known as The Cheers, who in 1995 dropped a mind-blowing top 10 hit with UCLA Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots. He would also try his hands at acting, in order to equip himself with the necessary acting skills; Bert went to UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where he bagged a bachelor’s degree.
Bert had lots of achievements in his career before he took a glorious bow. He was married on two occasions – first to Anne Anderson in 1959 with whom he had three children – Jennifer, Joshua, and Jonah. When his marriage with Anne Anderson came to an end, he married a second wife named Catherine Hills, just five months into his second marriage, Bert died. He was 57 years old when he died.
When And How Did Bert Convy Die?
All was going on well with Bert Convy, anchoring shows, going to movie locations and doing virtually everything he was known for until 1990 when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme. The news of his diagnosis was made known by his then manager – Howard Hinderstein. Bert went to visit his mother who was hospitalized after a stroke in Los Angeles, it was then that his own medical condition deteriorated. He collapsed and was consequently admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
He began to battle with the deadly illness and had to retire from his career. Bert died precisely on July 15, 1991, at his home in Brentwood. His body was later buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
He excelled in his chosen career path of entertainment for more than three decades, featuring in well over 26 films and numerous game shows which he anchored – including Match Game. The show’s final episode was in the 1990-91 edition when his untimely death occurred. Looking at his achievements in his short but impactful life, he may have died young, but he created a lasting legacy that will see his name immortalized even in the years to come.