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Rest in Peace, Actor/Comedian Tim Conway: 1933 – 2019

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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.

Variety reports Conway’s representatives said that he passed away from water on the brain;, last fall he underwent brain surgery,  so it appears as if this was an ongoing health concern.

Conway won four Emmy Awards for his work on the Carol Burnett Show, three as an actor and one for his writing contributions.

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.

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