Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85

Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85

Tim Conway, best known for starring in TV's "McHale's Navy" and "The Carol Burnett Show", has died at the age of 85.

People reports Conway faced complicates from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus and showed no signs of dementia or Alzheimer's. While on Carol Burnett, he created wildly popular characters including Mr. Tudball and The Oldest Man, and Conway also prided himself on trying to make his co-stars crack up during sketches.

Conway started on the show as a guest star in its first season in 1967 but did not officially become a regular until 1975. Conway added two additional Emmys to his substantial trophy collection in 1996 and 2008 for his supporting roles as Kenny inCoach and Bucky Bright in 30 Rock. He starred in live-action Disney movies, including The Apple Dumpling Gang with Don Knotts and The Shaggy D.A. Pandemonium breaks out, as Match Game's resident lothario Richard Dawson dips Burnett and plants a kiss on her. Rayburn mimics Dawson, except he grabs Conway instead.

Conway, who changed his first name from Thomas to Tim so as to avoid confusion with actor Tom Conway, had his own short-lived sitcom in 1970.

He was born Thomas Conway in 1933 in the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby.


While America was laughing at Conway, so were his co-stars: Burnett and Harvey Korman were often caught by the camera trying not to crack up during his performances.

He was a staple of TV variety programs and comedy shows for roughly half a century.

He was spotted by Rose Marie of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", who got him an audition for "The Steve Allen Show".

Conway leaves behind his wife of 35 years, a stepdaughter, six children and two grandchildren.

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