Born Kathleen Marie Garver on the 13th December 1945, in Long Beach, California USA, Kathy is an award- winning film, television, and voice actress, perhaps best remembered to the world as Catherine ‘Cissy’ Patterson in the TV family comedy “Family Affair” (1966-1971), and as Joan in the comedy mystery film “Mom, Murder & Me” (2014), while she is also known as the voice of Pepper in “Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos” (1986), among many other differing appearances.
Have you ever wondered how rich Kathy Garver is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Garver’s net worth is as high as $5 million, an amount earned through her successful career as an actress, which has been active since the early ‘50s, making Kathy a former child star.
Kathy Garver Net Worth $5 Million
Kathy is the daughter of Rosemary and Hayes Gilbert Garver, and the family raised her as a Roman Catholic and put her through a Catholic Primary School. When in her teens, Kathy moved to San Bernardino, where she went to Pacific High School, from which she matriculated in 1964, and then enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she graduated in 1968 majoring in drama and speech, also having been involved in the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.
Kathy’s career had actually started when she was only seven years old, appearing in several TV series, but her best known role from this era was in “The Ten Commandments” in 1956 as a young slave, and a year before in the drama film “I ‘ll Cry Tomorrow”.
Then in 1957 she appeared in the biopic about Barney Ross, a World War II hero and professional boxer, entitled “Monkey on My Back”, starring Cameron Mitchell, Dianne Foster and Paul Richards.
Gradually Kathy was receiving more attention, and in 1958 she was cast as Sally in the TV comedy series “This Is Alice”, with Alice being portrayed by Patty Ann Gerrity. She then became more focused on her education, but returned to the acting scene in a big way in the role of Cissy Patterson-Davis in the TV family comedy “Family Affair“ for five seasons from 1966, next to Brian Keith, with whom she developed a friendship that lasted until his death.
Kathy wasn’t very active as an actress in the ‘70s, and then in the ‘80s started her career as a voice actress. Her first credits included voicing Hawkgirl/Rima in the animated TV series “Super Heroes” (1980), while the following year she voiced Allice Mitchell in “Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother”. She then supplied the voice to numerous characters in such animated series as “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” (1981-1983), and “The New Yogi Bear Show” (1988), among others, all of which increased her wealth. She continued with voice roles in the ‘90s, with very few screen appearances; she voiced Madame Deveraux in the video game “Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers” (1993) and then several characters in “Spider-Man” (1997).
In the late ‘90s Kathy returned to screen, and in 2000 featured in the family drama “The Trial of Old Drum”, a true story of a friendship between a dog and a young boy, but didn’t have much success during the early 2000s, until being cast as Joan in the film “Mom, Murder & Me” (2014), starring Sarah Klaren and Gene Scandur, and in 2016 featured in the comedy “Unleashed”, further increasing her wealth.
For the time being, Kathy is working on several films that are yet to be released, including the comedy “The Executive”, in which she will have a lead role, then the thriller “Thrice”, and the drama “Helen’s Last Love”.
Thanks to her successful career, Kathy has received several prestigious awards, including a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars in 1995, while in 2010 she received Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on “Family Affair”, given by the Young Artist Foundation. Others include two Audie Awards, which she received for her narration of the book “The World’s Shortest Stories”, and the other one for her direction of Army Tan’s reading of his own book “The Opposite of Fate”.
Regarding her personal life, Kathy has been married to David Travis since 1981, with whom she has a son. The family lives in Hillsborough, California.
Having been a long-time friend of actor Brian Keith, Kathy was present at his funeral in 1997.
His acting mentor and series' lead, Brian Keith, committed suicide on June 24, 1997, at age 75.
She goes on tour for the release of Paramount Television DVD presentation of "Fedderson & Hartmann's Family Affair" Season 1 due in April 2006. [January 2006]
Mother, with David Travis, of son Reid Garver Travis.
Went to school with Julie London's stepdaughter Ronne Troup.
Acting protégé of Brian Keith.
Before she co-starred opposite Brian Keith on Family Affair (1966), she guest-starred with Keith on an episode of Crusader (1955).
Best known for her starring role as Catherine "Cissy" Davis on Family Affair (1966).
The Audie Award (for excellence in audio recording) was given to Kathy as a narrator (World's Greatest Short Stories) and director (Amy Tan in The Opposite of Fate). She has recorded more than 30 audio books.
Awarded the Golden Halo award for excellence in the entertainment field.
President of the Family Affair foundation which provides reading companions to the elderly and at risk youth.
Daughter of Hayes Gilbert Garver, Sr. & Rosemary Garver.
She was the Hollywood Deb Star of 1967.
Youngest sister of Beverly Garver. Sister of Hayes Gilbert Garver, Jr. & Lance Garver.
Father is of French-Irish descent and mother is of Swiss-Austrian descent.
Net Worth & Salary
Family Affair (1966)
$200 per episode.
[Of Brian Keith]: I loved Brian, "I'm a cultural Irishman, don't you know, I'm a cultural Irishman", but he went through many manifestations and changes of character, during the 5 years that we shot. At first, he was up and then his second year, he was going through a divorce and then, the third year, he met somebody else; and he became more anecdotal and told stories that he loved kids, and he was very outspoken about those that he did not like. So, he was a very interesting character and it was Brian and Sebastian Cabot [who played "Mr. French"] had such a different style of acting and that's another reason I think that Family Affair (1966) was so popular and stayed as it did. Both excellent actors, both coming from very different methods and styles of acting with Sebastian was more from the classical style and he would take home his script and he would dutifully look at every single word and have it to perfection, and then Brian would come in and say, 'Oh what do we have today? Let me see the scene, uh-huh, uh-huh, let's go!' So he was very improvisational, motion of the moment. And those 2 different styles really worked out each other, very well.
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Brian Keith, who played "Uncle Bill Davis"]: He was a fabulous star and also a marvelous mentor to me. I first met Brian when he starred in his initial series called, Crusader (1955). He played the character of "Matt", to my character, "Waif"; and he's absolutely terrific. He rescued me once again as the orphan teen-aged "Cissy" on our long-running TV series, Family Affair (1966). He took me under his penthouse wing, and raised me with kindness, understanding and most of all, love. That's what Brian Keith was all about, love. He loved his friends, his family, his co-workers, who ever needed him.
[on the personalities and/or issues Brian Keith, who starred with her in Family Affair (1966), had tackled, both on- the show and in real-life]: Laid back! But actually, you know, he went through a lot of different personality changes, I think, when he was doing our show, because for that 5 years, he was married --- happily married, and he got divorced, and he had to get remarried, and then he went through depression, and then he went through a laden, and he being so true to his emotions, I mean, there was not one phony bone in Brian's personality. He said what he thought, if he liked the person, he told them, if he didn't, he did, tell him that too! And he was just right there! So, he wasn't laid back, the energy was there, but it wasn't overdone.
[on the death/suicide of her series' star Brian Keith in 1997]: It was so sad, but it was in line with who he was in real life. He was this very manly man, very in charge of his life, always doing things his way. When his daughter died and he was diagnosed with lung cancer and emphysema, and given only a few weeks to live, there was no way he was going to go out any way other than his way. I truly believe that.
The hardest thing is being accepted as some one who has depth. Fortunately my parents stressed education and normalcy all through my childhood and during my Family Affair days. In learning to think and work independently, I firmly believe in hoisting ones own sails.
[on her on and off-screen friendship with Anissa Jones, who played Buffy]: We were like sisters as well as professionals. We did sleepovers, and made presents for the cast and crew. I went to her 18th birthday party, and her Mom asked me if I could spend more time with her - she thought she had fallen in with a bad crowd. I had to leave the next day to do My Fair Lady, but I promised I would, as soon as I got back. But Annisa OD'd and died before that could happen.
[on her favorite Family Affair (1966) memories]: Family Affair was then the most popular show in that country, and a live musical presentation of the show was mounted. It was cast with impersonators, except for me. I performed my role phonetically in Hebrew - people were stunned when I stepped out onto the stage!
I don't blame myself. I didn't know how bad the problem was.