Legendary comedian, Tim Conway, died on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 8:45 am in Los Angeles. He was 85.
Conway’s death was confirmed by his publicist who said Conway’s death come after a long illness.
In August last year, some reports had said that Conway was suffering from Dementia.
But according to his rep, Howard Bragman, Tim was battling complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus before his death and had no signs of Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Born and raised in Ohio, Tim Conway wasn’t aspiring to become a Hollywood comedian during his childhood. Instead, he wanted to be a jockey, but it didn’t turn out well as he was afraid of horses.
Conway said in a media interview in 2011:
“I started out wanting to be a jockey.”
“Having fallen off as much as I did and being terrified of horses, that didn’t work out so well!”
Afterward, Conway went to serve in the army for two years, then returned to Cleveland where he began writing comedy for local TV stations.
He was spotted as a comedian and earned a spot on the ABC’s ‘The Steve Allen Show’ as a regular cast member.
Conway achieved nationwide fame after taking the role as the blundering Ensign Parker in the 1960s sitcom ‘McHale’s Navy,’ where he was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy in 1963.
In 1970, he became a star on ‘The Tim Conway Show’ for a while. He later joined the ‘Carol Burnett Show,’ that included the likes of Harvey Korman, Burnett Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner.
In his ‘Burnett’ work, he won Emmys awards for the best supporting performer in 1973, 1977, and 1978.
Conway also stole numerous scene om ‘Burnett’ with cameras catching Korman and Burnett struggling to keep straight faces when Conway said something hilarious.
After Conway’s passing, Burnett said in a statement:
“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.”
In 1980, Conway produced a series of favorite comedy VHS tapes with character ‘Dorf,’ a persona who hilariously tried teaching viewers on how to fish, play baseball, and golf.
He has also made an impact on the modern generation as the voice of Barnacle Boy on the famous animated series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’
Rose Marie, a comedienne and a co-star in ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ said after receiving news on Conway death:
“So sad to hear about Tim Conway. ‘Discovering’ Tim and managing him for a time, was a source of tremendous pride for Mother. He was, after all, one of the funniest men on the planet!”
“He was a really nice man who happened to be hysterical. Man could he make my dad laugh! So funny!”
Conway is survived by his wife, Charlene, seven children, and two granddaughters.
For gift or flowers, the family would like donations to be made to The Lou Ruvo Brain Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.