Is Tim Conway still alive? Comedian and Carol Burnett show star Tim Conway dies at 85

Who Was Tim Conway? 

Thomas Daniel “Tim” Conway (1933-2019) was a well-known American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He appeared in over 100 TV shows, TV series, and films from 1966 to 2012. Some of his most memorable roles include Ensign Parker in the TV comedy McHale’s Navy, where he played a bumbling character during World War II. He was also a regular cast member on the TV comedy The Carol Burnett Show from 1975 to 1978, where he portrayed several iconic characters such as Mister Tudball, the Oldest Man, and the Dumb Private. He co-starred with Don Knotts in several films from 1975 to 1980 and played the title character in the Dorf series of sports comedy direct-to-video films from 1987 to 1996. Additionally, he provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants from 1999 to 2012. Conway won six Primetime Emmy Awards during his career, four of which were awarded for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, including one for his writing. He was known for his ability to improvise humorous ad-libs and gestures that often caused his fellow actors to break character and laugh.

Is Tim Conway still alive?

No, Tim Conway passed away on May 14, 2019, at the age of 85. His representative, Howard Bragman, confirmed that Conway died at 8:45 a.m. after suffering complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), but he had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, his six children, and two granddaughters. Instead of flowers or gifts, the family has requested that donations be made to The Lou Ruvo Brain Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Conway was most recognized for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, where he won over viewers with his portrayals of characters such as the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball. He often ad-libbed his sketches, surprising his co-stars and fellow comedians. His accent for the character of Mr. Tudball was inspired by his Romanian mother. He won several awards throughout his career, including a Golden Globe Award in 1976 and three Emmys in 1973, 1977, and 1978.

What was Tim Conway’s cause of death? 

Tim Conway, born Thomas Daniel Conway, was a well-known American TV actor, born in Willoughby, Ohio on December 15, 1933. He passed away on May 14, 2019, at the age of 85 due to complications arising from his ongoing brain condition. Conway was diagnosed with dementia caused by normal pressure hydrocephalus. He was famous for his roles in “The Carol Burnett Show” and as Ensign Charles Parker in the sitcom “McHale’s Navy.” In addition, he lent his voice to the character of Barnacle Boy in the animated TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Conway was married to Charlene Fusco and is survived by his wife and six children from his previous marriage to Mary Anne Dalton.

How old was Tim Conway when he died?

Tim Conway, 85, best known for his notable work on “The Carol Burnett Show,” passed away on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 85, as confirmed by his representative, Howard Bragman, to the Los Angeles Times. Conway had been residing in a long-term-care facility and suffered complications from hydrocephalus, a brain condition, and was also diagnosed with dementia. Carol Burnett expressed her heartbreak over Conway’s death in a statement to the Times, stating that he was a unique individual, both as a brilliant comedian and a kind-hearted person. She cherished the moments they shared together, both on and off the screen, and will always hold him close to her heart.

Professional career of Tim Conway 

After serving in the Army, Tim Conway went back to Cleveland and teamed up with Ernie Anderson on KYW-TV, an NBC affiliate, in 1958 and 1959. He then worked for WJW-TV, a CBS affiliate from 1960 to 1962, where he appeared in a weekday morning film show called Ernie’s Place, and wrote materials for comic skits during film intermissions. Conway and Anderson also collaborated on a comedy album during this time. However, WJW-TV dismissed Conway in 1962 for misleading management about his experience as a director, which resulted in Anderson hosting a horror film show on Friday nights instead. Conway continued to appear on Cleveland television periodically after becoming famous, including on the Hoolihan and Big Chuck and Big Chuck and Lil’ John shows on WJW-TV. He also made guest appearances at various “Ghoulardifest” events, along with other Cleveland TV personalities in tribute to Ernie Anderson, who passed away in 1997.

Biography of Tim Conway 

Born Thomas Daniel Conway

December 15, 1933

Willoughby, Ohio, U.S.

Died May 14, 2019 (aged 85)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park, Westwood, California, U.S.
Other names Tim Daniel Conway

Thomas Conway

Toma Daniel Conway

Alma mater Bowling Green State University
  • Actor

  • comedian

  • writer

  • director

Spouses Mary Anne Dalton -​(m. 1961; div. 1978)​

Charlene Fusco Del Sardo Beatty –
​(m. 1984)​

Children 7

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