Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Tim Conway of 'McHale's Navy,' 'Carol Burnett Show' dead at 85

Tim Conway of 'McHale's Navy,' 'Carol Burnett Show' dead at 85

Prior to his death, he had suffered complications from normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) and had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer's, Bragman said.

Comedians Carol Burnett and Tim Conway pictured on November 12, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California.

The actor was a recurring player on the legendary variety show from its debut season in 1967, eventually joining the main cast in 1975 when original cast member Lyle Waggoner left the show.

Besides the four Emmys he won with Burnett (three as a performer, one as a writer), he won Emmys for guest appearances in 1996 for "Coach" and in 2008 for "30 Rock".

"I'm heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being", Burnett said about Conway in a statement to CNN. Korman was a close friend of Conway's who often broke into laughs during Conway's performances. "He is at peace now but I will miss him every second of every day until we meet again in heaven".

The actor was a student at Bowling State University and served in the United States Army, People.com says.

Conway, who was born on December 15, 1933, grew up near Cleveland and after serving in the Army worked in Cleveland radio and developed comedy routines. He became a regular on the show in the early 1960s.

Following the Allen show, Conway gained attention as the incompetent Ensign Charles Parker on the Ernest Borgnine sitcom "McHale's Navy" from 1962-66.

Conway performed on the show for over a decade.

But after the cancellation came Conway's celebrated run on "Carol Burnett".

Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, his six biological children and his two granddaughters, according to Fox8.com.

In later years, the actor had success as the title character in the Dorf series of comedy films and provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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