Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing, free-wheeling goofiness to skits on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ that cracked up his castmates as well as the audience, died Tuesday in the L.A area. Conway first found television fame on the 1960’s comedy ‘McHale’s Navy’, playing Ensign Parker. He found greater success in the comedy sketches on Burnett’s show starting in 1968 when he started as a guest star in its first season but did not officially become a regular until 1975. Conway won three Emmy awards for ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ and a fourth as a writer in the ‘60’s and ’70’s. He also won guest actor Emmys for a 1996 appearance on ‘Coach’ and another in 2008 for ’30 Rock’. His movie work included ‘The World’s Greatest Athlete’ (1973), ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang’ (1975), ‘The Shaggy D.A.’ (1976), ‘The Prize Fighter’ (1979) and ‘Private Eyes’ (1980). He once told an interviewer, “I was born and then I did the Carol Burnett Show for 11 years. What else is there to know?”. Tim Conway was 85… as it continues to be a sad week in the world of entertainment.
(Sources: CBC, CNN; Image: DeviantArt)