I'm not sure. He seemed to just appear in the 1970s,. He was over 40 years old, with a 20-year career as a Broadway star and pop singer, and before that as a pro baseball player, but I didn't notice until he started strutting around with a Tom Jones Afro and a leisure suit unbuttoned halfway down his smooth, muscular chest. playing slightly befuddled New Sensitive Men in sitcoms and soaps: Mary Tyler Moore, The Partridge Family, Love American Style, Charlie's Angels, Murder She Wrote, and Hotel.
Google Images said this was him, but it might be wrong. The photo seems too recent -- Bert Convy would have been that age in the early 1960s. (It may be Steve Bond).
In the spring of 1976, he starred in a short-lived comedy-variety series, The Late Summer Early Fall Bert Convy Show.
He and Burt Reynolds were best buds (imagine the confusion: "Bert came to my party, but Burt didn't.") They starred together in the gay-subtext-heavy Semi-Tough (1977) and The Cannonball Run (1981), and produced two tv series together: Weekend Warriors and Win, Lose, or Draw.
There were some gay rumors, but not a lot. During the 1970s, men drew gay rumors only if they were on the feminine side. You could hang out with male buds all you wanted, and never make a dent in people's heteronormative expectations.
He died from a brain tumor on July 15, 1991, and was interred at Forest Lawn, among other Hollywood celebrities.
Burt Reynolds came to the funeral.
See also: Love Boat; Burt Reynolds Naked on a Bearskin Rug