Ben HaywardOctober 13th
2020

Actor Conchata Ferrell, best known for playing Berta in hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, has sadly died aged 77. 

Conchata passed away on Monday, October 12th, with her family by her side at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California following complications from a cardiac arrest she had suffered earlier in the year. 

In July in this year, Conchata’s husband, Arnie, revealed that she had suffered a heart attack in May that had put her in intensive care for the best part of a month, before being transferred to a long-term treatment centre.

As well as her role in Two and a Half Men - a role that earned her two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2007 - Conchata also featured in the sixth season of LA Law.

She appeared in over 200 episodes of Two and a Half Men spanning a 12-year period between 2003 and 2015, starring alongside Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher.

Paying tribute to his co-star Cryer said: “She was a beautiful human. Berta’s gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths.

“I’m crying for the woman I’ll miss, and the joy she brought so many.”

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Charlie Sheen wrote: “An absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend, a shocking and painful loss. Berta, your housekeeping was a tad suspect, your ‘people’ keeping was perfect.”

Other notable appearances for Conchata came in shows including Good Times, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, BJ and the Bear and Grace and Frankie, however she began her career as a stage actor on Broadway as an original member of the Circle Repertory Theatre and later earned a number of awards for her appearance as Gertrude Blum in Edward J. Moore’s The Sea Horse.

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Speaking to Deadline, founding artistic director of Circle Repertory Theatre, Marshall W. Mason, said: “Conchata Ferrell was exactly the kind of artist for whom we created our theatre - a deeply honest performer who would inspire our playwrights to create roles for her.”

Warner Bros, which produced Two and a Half Men, tweeted: “We are saddened by the loss of Conchata Ferrell and are grateful for the years she brought us laughs as Berta which will live on forever.

Conchata is survived by  husband Arnie and their daughter Samantha.

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