Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tim Conway, star of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' dies at 85

Tim Conway, star of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' dies at 85

Conway died Tuesday morning after a long illness in Los Angeles, according to Howard Bragman, who heads LaBrea Media. Conway had been suffering from dementia and unable to speak following brain surgery in September.

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. He frequently guest-starred on the most popular shows of the day, including Married with Children and Mad About You. "I'm heartbroken", she said in a statement.

Actors Harvey Korman (L) and Tim Conway pose together as they arrive for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 15th annual Hall of Fame ceremony November 6, 2002 in Beverly Hills.

Conway's other most memorable recurring characters included an elderly man whose shuffling pace always caused trouble and Mr. Tudball, a businessman plagued by an indifferent and inept secretary played by Burnett.

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Conway had a modest but steady movie career, appearing in such films as "The Apple Dumpling Gang" with Don Knotts.

He was born Thomas Conway in 1933 in the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby. He also voiced a character on "SpongeBob Square Pants". He attended Bowling Green State University and served in the U.S. Army. And wherever Conway went, be it a guest spot on a Must See TV sitcom or a sit down chat on a late night talk show, that unpredictable '70s energy followed him into the 21st century.

In addition to his wife and daughter Jackie, Conway is survived by children Tim Jr., Patrick, Jamie, Kelly, Corey and Seann, as well as two grandchildren, Courtney and Sophia.

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

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