Classic television personality, Bert Convy (July 23, 1933 – July 15, 1991) would have celebrated a birthday this week so I post this in his memory. He was a staple on television when I was growing up and my crush on him was no laughing matter. Those dimples!
Convy was an actor and singer who had successful stints on the Broadway stage in productions of “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof. He also guest-starred on many classic television shows from the 1960s through the 1980s.
As a guest on popular TV shows:
However, it’s Convy’s role as game show host that people best remember him for.
My favorite of the game shows Bert Convy hosted was Tattletales, which aired from 1974 to 1978 on CBS daytime. The show’s premise involved questions asked of celebrity couples about their personal lives. The husband or wife was asked questions while the other was off-screen and unable to hear. The couples would then win money for the studio audience, depending on how many questions they got right – or that matched each other’s answers. Each couple sat in a colored section, which corresponded to a “rooting section” of the studio audience.
Tattletales promo ads:
I loved watching Hollywood stars who appeared on Tattletales because I got to see them as themselves – candid. Frequent guests on the show were other popular game show hosts of the time like Gene Rayburn of Match Game, Richard Dawson of Family Feud and Allen Ludden of Password – and their respective wives. Bert and his wife Ann would be occasional panelists themselves, most often during the weeks when Tattletales featured game show hosts as guests. I remember Richard Dawson, Gene Rayburn and Bob Barker all playing host on different occasions.
Bert Convy was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for hosting Tattletales in 1977 with the show receiving a nomination for “Outstanding Game or Audience Participation Show” the same year.
Following are full episodes of Tattletales:
Appearing – for the blue section, the ever-popular, Betty White and Allen Ludden. For the banana section (as the yellow section was called), Scoey Mitchell and his wife, Claire. And for the red section, Joe Campanella and his wife, Jill.
Here’s an episode in which Bert and his wife, Ann are panelists and Bob Barker serves as host for the day:
One of my favorite couples to appear on Tattletales were semi-regulars, actors Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce. Here’s an episode featuring them along with comedian Shecky Greene and his wife, Nalani Kele and actors Greg Mullavey and his wife, Meredith MacRae.
Tattletales was such fun and Bert Convy was the main reason why – an ever-charming and memorable television presence. How Sweet it Was to have him around.