Tim Conway, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ star, dies at 85

Carla Harmon
May 14, 2019

Actor Tim Conway, known for his role in The Carol Burnett Show where he won Emmys and a Golden Globe, has passed away at the age of 85.

According to People, Conway suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) before his death, but showed no signs of dementia or Alzheimer's. The show aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and had a short summer stint on ABC in 1979. He frequently guest-starred on the most popular shows of the day, including Married with Children and Mad About You.

In his later years, Conway did numerous guest appearances - winning additional Emmys for roles in the sitcoms "Coach" and "30 Rock" - and voiceover work in animation, including "SpongeBob Squarepants".


"If there's any reason at all I'm in the business, I think it's Don", Conway once said.

Conway was born on December 15, 1933, just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, in nearby Willoughby, Illinois.

In one popular skit, Conway's portrayal of an inept dentist who accidentally injects himself with painkiller resulted in Korman, who was playing the patient, laughing so hard that he wet his trousers, Burnett said. Later in his career, Conway's stepdaughter became the manager for his live tour with longtime friend and former co-star, Harvey Korman. He got his career start on local TV in Cleveland in the 1950s, where his duties included comedy spots on a late-night movie show.


Although Conway made his mark on the entertainment industry beginning in 1962, with his Emmy-nominated performance in McHale's Navy, he continued giving critically acclaimed performances through the current decade.

After Marie took him under her wing, Conway snagged a part on the weekly variety series The Steve Allen Show.

Conway and his wife, Mary Anne Dalton, married in 1961 and had six children.


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