Tim Conway dead – Star of The Carol Burnett Show passes away at 85 after brain disorder battle

Tim Conway dead – Star of The Carol Burnett Show passes away at 85 after brain disorder battle

May 14, 2019

US actor Tim Conway has today died aged 85.

The Emmy-winning star, best known for his role in The Carol Burnett Show, passed away in Los Angeles at 8.45am.

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

Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his six biological children, a stepdaughter and two granddaughters.


He won three Emmy awards for acting on the Burnett show and a fourth as a writer in the 1960s and '70s.

He also won guest actor Emmys for a 1996 appearance on "Coach" and another in 2008 for "30 Rock."

Conway first found television fame on the 1960s comedy "McHale's Navy" playing Ensign Parker, a befuddled by-the-book officer in a group of unconventional sailors in the Pacific during World War Two.

He would find greater success in the comedy sketches on Burnett's show starting in 1968.


Conway was at his best with characters that were a little naive, clumsy or slow-witted, and especially when teamed with straight man Harvey Korman and given the chance to show off his improvisational and slapstick skills.

Burnett, speaking in 2003, said: "Nobody could be with Tim and keep a straight face once he got on a roll."

She said Conway would stick with a sketch's script through dress rehearsal but once it was time to tape the performance for a broadcast, he began freelancing.

His improvised antics often reduced his co-stars – especially his close friend Korman – to tears of laughter.

His movie work included "The World's Greatest Athlete" in 1973, "The Apple Dumpling Gang" in 1975, "The Shaggy D.A." in 1976, "The Prize Fighter" in 1979 and "Private Eyes" in 1980.

Conway grew up near Cleveland and after serving in the Army worked in Cleveland radio and developed comedy routines.

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