Burt Boyar
1927 - 2018
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November 30, 1927 - April 4, 2018 BOYAR, Burton Anselm, "Burt." Author, husband, companion, confidant, stalwart American patriot and father figure to an extended family who "adopted," loved and cherished him. An extraordinary gentleman who lived an extraordinary life for 90 years, Burt died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, California, on April 4th. A New Yorker by birth, he was the middle son of Lillian and Benjamin Boyar, his father an acclaimed theatrical general manager known as the "Mayor of Broadway." As a popular child actor, Burt starred in numerous radio series, among them playing Billy Batson on "Captain Marvel" and Archie Andrews in "Archie." A gifted equestrian who excelled at Show Jumping and Polo, he proudly served with the National Guard Squadron A Armory, a cavalry regiment, during the Korean War. After completing his service, Burt became a successful Broadway press agent, then a nationally syndicated columnist, penning the first weekly column in TV Guide. Burt married Jane Feinstein, "the light of his life," who became his co-author with Sammy Davis Jr. of the international bestsellers "Yes I Can" and "Why Me?" Over the next 28 years, Burt and Jane lived seaside in Marbella, Spain, on property owned by Carmen and Cristóbal Franco, and coauthored five more books, including "World Class," drawn from their close association with such renowned tennis icons as Rod Laver. Adapting the philosophy "when in Rome," Burt and Jane converted to Catholicism, Burt's faith offering solace with Jane's sudden passing on March 28th, 1997, the first time they were separated in 44 years. With the guidance and support of his closest friend, the brilliant businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Al G. Hill Jr., Burt returned to America and settled in Los Angeles, where his next life-chapter began with his meeting Betsy Bloomingdale, the doyenne of Los Angeles society. For nearly two decades Betsy shared her life with him, welcoming Burt into her fascinating circle of friends and moreover, her family. Since the publication of "Yes I Can" in 1965, Burt tirelessly strived to bring Sammy's powerful story to the silver screen, and in conjunction with the Davis Estate, recently partnered with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Lionel Richie with the hope they would finally get the film made. This good news was dampened over the past two years as Burt lost Betsy on July 19, 2016, and Al on December 2, 2017. The families whose lives he enriched survive Burt: Betsy Bloomingdale's children and grandchildren, and Al G. Hill Jr.'s children. A legacy of friends Burt made around the world blesses him! No flowers, please.
Published by Los Angeles Times from Apr. 13 to Apr. 15, 2018.
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Ron AKA Sammy tribute artist Pritchard
January 1, 2020
Burt was a darling charming man, full of talent, kindness and generosity. You are dearly missed, my friend.
Susan Keane, Artist
August 30, 2019
Burt was warm and generous, charming and playful. We had many happy times together!
You are well loved and dearly missed, my friend.
August 30, 2019
I worked with Burt on the restoration of Sammy Davis Jnr's audio recordings. He was one of the nicest and most sincere clients I have ever worked with. I learnt so much from that experience and sincerely regret that Burt never got to make the film about his dear friend Sammy. Thank you for your friendship Burt, you made a difference.
Andrew Hagen
May 13, 2019
Burt, You will be missed. No, you are. Rest well. Love and kisses. Barry Lane
Barry Lane
November 22, 2018
I met Burt and Jane many years ago when I lived in N.Y C They were an extraordinary couple.I loved them both.So Sorry to hear of his passing.
Barbara Lomnitz
August 12, 2018
Ida carlini
June 25, 2018
I met Burt via his forwarded emails from my dear friend Geoff Bloomingdale. Over the years, we spoke on the phone, and via email and Burt became a cherished friend who I thought would live forever. He sent me all his books, which I adored, especially BLESSED, his memoir, which I highly recommend. And HITLER STOPPED BY FRANCO. The kindest, most generous, patriotic friend, he is deeply missed. May he RIP in the light and love of the Lord.
--Lauren Lawrence
Lauren Lawrence
April 14, 2018
Betsy Bloomingdale introduced me to Burt at a dinner party, and our friendship grew from that moment. Burt was a kind, sensitive, caring soul who delighted and lit up a room with his stories. Memories will keep him close, but I know he is just an "Arc of Light Away".
Dana Haynes
April 14, 2018
I met Burt in 2005 when he was involved in an effort to do a documentary on the life of Sammy Davis Jr. When I went into the meeting with Burt and his partners, I had no idea that I was going to meet him.

What HE didn't know was that he wrote the first book that REALLY influenced me, "Yes I Can". I became involved with the project, I was interested in making a great film about Sammy Davis Jr. based on some of the scenes from "Yes I Can". What I didn't know was that I was going to make a lifelong friend in Burt and that he would influence and inspire me as much as his book.

Burt wasn't just filled with life, he was filled with enough life for 10 people. His creative spirit never flagged, and neither did he. His "never say die" attitude and indomitable spirit was, and always has been an inspiration to me. He NEVER stopped creating. Never. And spending time with him was like spending time with a beautiful light.

I will ALWAYS cherish the time I spent working and playing with Burt. You only meet a few people in your life like Burt. I'm honored to have been able to call him friend.
Fred Raimondi
April 14, 2018
Darling Burt,
I hear your voice and I am forever blessed.
Travel safely home now & be at peace.
In deep gratitude of your friendship.
Forever friends.
Britta Bocala Stensland
April 13, 2018
Burt your legacy ever lives! Always life and breath of wisdom, inspiration and influence. My deepest condolences
Melinda R. MAMAN
April 13, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. As time passes may you find peace in the memories you share, and comfort from the hope that God is close to the broken-hearted.
April 9, 2018
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