Beloved Comedian Tim Conway, Dead At 85


Tim Conway, Famed TV Comedian, Dead

Tim ConwayTim Conway, the famed TV comedian who delighted audiences and co-stars on The Carol Burnett Show, died on Tuesday. He was 85 and according to his representative was suffering a prolonged illness. The representative also rebutted rumors that the comedy legend was suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. In a statement to CNN, Carol Burnett stated “I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.”


The Road To Stardom

Tim Conway began his road to comedy after serving this country in the army in the then-nascent medium of television, he starred in McHale’s Navy from 1962-1966. Shortly thereafter, he joined the cast of the long-running The Carol Burnett Show where he delighted in pushing his co-stars into hysterics. One favorite target was Harvey Korman, who in the below sketch laughed so hard he wet himself.

While Conway wasn’t an official cast member until later into the show’s run, he would receive four Emmys, for his performances and writing on the series. After the show ended, he starred in his own series, which was short lived. He’d later appear in several live-action Disney films.

Later Years And Drama

Tim Conway on The Carol Burnett Show
Vicki Lawrence (left), Tim Conway (center), Carol Burnett (right)

In later years, Conway would become best known to younger audiences as the voice of Barnacle Boy on Spongebob Squarepants. However, his final years were not all laughter. His care became a bitter battle between his wife, Charlene, and his daughter from his first marriage, Kelley. 

Conway is survived by his wife and six kids. The family has asked that instead of gifts, donations be made to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas.

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