Following a prolonged illness, comedian/actor Tim Conway, known for his work on the Carol Burnett Show as well as various film projects and other works over the years, has passed away at the age of 85, per reports.
Tim Conway, one of Hollywood's most enduringly popular clowns, has died at 85. His goofballs, stammering bystanders and hapless bumblers populated television comedy and variety shows for more than half a century. https://t.co/iIaEw9Niel pic.twitter.com/kCbVC1RLRy
— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) May 14, 2019
Conway won four Emmy Awards for his work on the Carol Burnett Show, three as an actor and one for his writing contributions.
Sad to read of the passing of Tim Conway. Both Tim AND Harvey Korman couldn't have been any nicer AND funnier. Now together again making each other laugh. RIP pic.twitter.com/1PmgeP4tYr
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) May 14, 2019
Variety summed up Conway’s time on that show in detail:
On “The Carol Burnett Show,” Conway was so side-splittingly hilarious that he often caused co-star Harvey Korman to begin laughing in the middle of a skit. He was known for ad-libbing bits that would challenge Korman and other co-stars including Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner.
Conway appeared as many characters on the show, but the two most famous were the Old Man and Mr. Tudball. The Old Man shuffled along at an agonizingly slow pace vastly insufficient to the occupations in which the show’s writers would place him. His inability to get things done usually resulted in slapstick, and Conway would ad lib a good deal.
Mr. Tudball was a businessman who aimed to run a “ship-shape” office, but such intentions would always go unfulfilled because of the bored indifference of his secretary, Mrs. Wiggins (Burnett). The character was widely thought to be Swedish, but Conway actually imitated the accent of his Romanian mother.
“Carol Burnett” ran for 11 seasons on CBS from 1967-78. Conway appeared on a single episode in 1967 and then became a regular member of the comedienne’s troupe from 1975 until the show’s end.
Rest in peace, and thanks for the laughs, Tim Conway.