Tim Conway, the agile comedian who was a core member of the “The Carol Burnett Show” troupe and starred in a string of Disney film comedies in the 1970s, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 85.
A rep for Conway tells Variety he died from water on the brain.
Over his long career, Conway was nominated for 13 Emmys and won six. For “The Carol Burnett Show,” he was nominated six times as a supporting performer in a variety or comedy series, winning in 1973, 1977 and 1978. He was also nominated as part of the writing staff for the show, drawing three nominations and winning in 1978. In addition to those four Emmy wins, he won in 1996 for outstanding guest actor in a comedy, “Coach,” and in 2008 for guest actor in a comedy for “30 Rock.”
Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway (December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019) was an American comedic actor, writer, and director. He portrayed the inept Ensign Parker in the 1960s World War II situation comedy McHale's Navy, was a regular cast member on the 1970s variety and sketch comedy program The Carol Burnett Show, co-starred with Don Knotts in several films in the late 1970s and early 1980s, starred as the title character in the Dorf series of sports comedy films, and provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He was particularly admired for his ability to depart from scripts with spontaneously improvised character details and dialogue, and he won six Prime-time Emmy Awards during his career, four of which were awarded for The Carol Burnett Show, including one for writing.
- Episode #2.49 (1971)
O'Bservation - They should have invited him back. It just doesn't seem right that we never saw him interact with a Muppet on that show.
- Dick and Tim (1990)
... Tim Conway
From the IMDb:
Dick inadvertently drives Tim Conway away from his regular poker game.
- Tim Conway goes overboard with paprika when making his dip.
- In the regular poker game among the “men” of Stratford, the players are George Utley, Michael Harris, Larry, Darryl, and Darryl, and Tim Conway (who had been coming to Stratford, Vermont for a year to play poker.)
- The Darryls first met Conway when they were producing ‘The Carol Burnett Show’.
- Tim proved to be so cheap, he stole Dick’s car.
As for Tim Conway being tight with a buck, maybe that’s the fault of Buck Benny. ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ of Toobworld might not be the same as the show seen in the Real World, as is often the case with other TV series which get mentioned but with non-existent episodes. So perhaps Bob Hartley saw an episode of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ with both Tim Conway and Jack Benny as her guest stars, something that never happened in the Real World.
I’m a big, big fan of yours.
I think I’ve seen everything you’ve ever done.
You seen my TV series ‘Rango’?
Let’s de-Zonk these references….
In Toobworld, their version of ‘Rango’ would be an historical series based on an actual lawman in the old West and his “true-life” adventures. The Televersion of Tim Conway was hired to play the role because he bore a resemblance to the actual Rango.
I think everybody who saw this piece of schlattershit knows that it never should have been allowed on the air, no matter what world where it was seen! (I can say that. I saw it that night in 1969. I was just barely a teenager and I survived it.)
The show is mentioned by name in Toobworld by other citizens of that world, like Harry from ‘Mad Men’. So Dr. Hartley was probably familiar with the tele-travesty.
I don’t remember hearing this reference at all. But it would be a similar situation to ‘Rango’. It just wouldn’t be an historical drama; instead the real Ace Crawford probably sold the rights to his story to a TV producer who saw the comedy potential in Ace’s investigations.
- The Matchmaker (1997)
... Tim Conway
From the IMDb:
Larry has trouble firing a staff member that is consistently messing up. Hank does something nice for his assistant and it results in a rumor that he might be gay.
This was another example of how the televersion of Tim Conway was different from the real life original. I don't want to think that Conway would be as mean to a show's assistant in the Real World as he was to MaryAnn in this episode.
Tim Conway jokes he hasn't had any sex since filming the movie.
Marylou pre-interviews Tim Conway and asks if anything funny happened between him and Sandra Bullock in the movie.
- Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1 (1998)
A "mokumentary" hosted by Linda Ellerbee hosts a tribute to a 75-year career of Ellen, which traces her career as a vaudevillian, ventriloquist and hostess of the 1950's game show called "Who's the Commie?" to her show with spoofs from the TV shows 'I Love Lucy', the Dick Van Dyke' and Mary Tyler Moore shows too, as well as interviews with celebrities Jennifer Anniston, Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson, Helen Hunt Ted Danson, Phil Donahue, Tim Conway, and many others.
Conway was one of the talking heads in the mockumentary, speaking about how he used to work on the road with Ellen & Dave, until the day when Dave headed to Hollywood to work in television which Ellen thought was a passing fad.
- Bite Me, Supreme Court (2014)
After multimillionaire Marty Pepper proposes to Evelyn, Walden and Alan throw him a bachelor party with several of his old friends (comedy legends Tim Conway, Steve Lawrence and Garry Marshall) who help him celebrate his last days of bachelorhood.
- The Spirited Spooked Sports Show (1973)
... Himself (voice)
- The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase (1997)
... Himself (voice)
Good night and may God bless…