Bertram Milton Mayer passed away peacefully in West St Paul, MN on April 2, 2020 at the age of 95
Bert was born in San Francisco, CA. During his early adult life he lived in Los Angeles, CA working mainly for MGM studios as a dancer and actor. Eventually, he moved to Las Vegas, NE, performing his own act, and, in a variety shows on the strip. After retiring he moved to St. Paul, MN, and then to Sioux Falls SD. He returned to Minnesota’s Twin City Area where he enjoyed the last 6 years of his life.
He was proceeded in death by his mother Lena (Finkelstein) Mayer, his father Max Mayer, his brothers, Kenneth, Gilbert, and, Irving. He is survived by his sister Sondra Mayer, sisters-in-law Linda Mayer and Mae Mayer, and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephew.
Professionally known as Bert May, he began working as a dancer for MGM in 1945. During the following decades he performed as a dancer and actor for major studios such as MGM, Warner Bros., and, Disney, appearing in movies such as “Mary Poppins,” “Hello Dolly,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Band Wagon.” His vast career spanned movies, stage, and, television. He opened the RKO Palace theatre with Judy Garland in 1951. He was a regular dancer on all the Andy Williams t.v. shows, and, Fred Astaire t.v. specials to name just a few highlights of his extensive career.
Graveside service and interment will be video recorded only in adherence to the Stay at Home Shelter in Place Order on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary 6001 W Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The family will hold a Memorial Celebration honoring Bert later in the year, TBD.