Comedy legend and Hollywood perennial Tim Conway has sadly passed away. The former star of the Carol Burnett Show was 85 at the time of his death. Conway succumbed to a longterm illness. The news comes from head of LaBrea Medai Howard Bragman.
Tim Conway is perhaps best known for his starring role on the sketch variety series The Carol Burnett Show. He won 4 Emmy Awards for his work on the TV comedy. He is survived by his wife of 35 years as well as his six biological children, one stepdaughter and two grandchildren.
Tim Conway appeared on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1978. The CBS series also featured such comedy luminaries as Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. Conway first appeared on the show as a frequent guest star. He only became a main player in 1975, carrying through the show's finally three years. Along with the two Emmys Conway won for The Carol Burnett Show, he also picked up two more awards for his guest appearances on Coach and 30 Rock.
Tim Conway's first major role came as Ensign Charles Parker in the first McHale's Navy movie back in 1964. He would reprise the role in the sequel McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force before continuing the role on the popular series of the same name. Known mostly for his TV roles, Conway also had a steady movie career, often times appearing with the late Don Knotts. The pair appeared together in The Apple Dumpling Gang in 1975 and its 1979 sequel The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Other collaborations include Gus from 1976, The Prize Fighter in 1979, The Private Eyes from 1980, and Cannonball Run in 1984.
Carol Burnett, of The Carol Burnett Show, had this to say after learning about the death of her friend and former co-star.
"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."
Tim Conway also found huge success with his Dorf on Golf series of videos, which would often be sold during late night infomercials. The series featured diminutive sportsman Derk Dorf who is depicted playing golf with his clueless caddy Leonard. Unfortunately, he's bad at it, so he thinks of various ways to improve his game, including gadgets. The first installment arrived in 1987, and included 12 installments raging from full-length video releases to shorts. His finally apparent as Derk Dorf was in the 2011 short Dorf and the Angry Fan. In 2016, there was a holiday puppet special called Chip and Bernie Save Christmas With Dorf, which had Conway voicing the Dorf puppet.
Tim Conway had been working primarily in TV for the earlier part of this decade. And he made appearances on Two and a Half Men, Glee, Melissa and Joey and his Emmy winning turn on 30 Rock. Prior to his death, the Hollywood icon had suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), though he had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is asking that donations be made to The Lou Ruvo Brain Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. RIP, Tim Conway.