(Gray News) – Actor Tim Conway, known for his comedic roles on “The Carol Burnett Show” and “McHale’s Navy,” has died at the age of 85.
His representative confirmed his death to People, saying Conway died from complications with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.
Conway played Ensign Charles Parker in the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy” and was one of the featured performers on “Carol Burnett.” He enjoyed a prolific career in film and television that spanned across five decades.
In August 2018, multiple outlets began reporting that 84-year-old Conway suffered from dementia and was living in a nursing home. A court battle between his wife, Charlene Conway, and his daughter, Kelly Conway, over his guardianship was settled in April.
Born Thomas Daniel Conway on Dec. 15, 1933, in Willoughby, OH, Conway attended Bowling Green State University, where he studied television and radio.
He would spend two years in the U.S. Army after graduating college in 1956.
After his discharge from the military, Conway started his show business career by writing promotional spots for local television and radio in Cleveland, OH.
In 1961, comedian Rose Marie discovered Conway at a Cleveland TV station and arranged for him to audition for “The Steve Allen Show.” He soon became a regular.
After Conway got his big break, he decided to change his first name to “Tim,” so he wouldn’t be confused with British actor Tom Conway.
The newly self-christened Tim Conway soon got an even bigger break in 1962 with the role of the bumbling ensign on “McHale’s.” The show ran until 1966.
He also broke into film before the show’s cancellation, starring in two movies based on the show while it was still on the air.
But after the cancellation came Conway’s celebrated run on “Carol Burnett.” He became a regular cast member in 1975 after years of guest-starring on the sketch comedy series.
His many memorable characters on the show included “Mr. Tudball” and “The Oldest Man,” which he played off other talented comedic actors like Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and, of course, Carol Burnett.
Conway performed on the show for over a decade.
Conway took a few stabs at being a TV headliner. Unfortunately, “The Tim Conway Show” and “The Tim Conway Comedy Hour” were both canceled after airing half a season each on CBS.
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