Television legend Tim Conway has passed away at the age of 85, his publicist confirmed on Tuesday.
The iconic comedian was best known for his role on the TV variety series The Carol Burnett Show. But he also starred in the series McHale’s Navy and is the author of the memoir What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life.
The Ohio native had reportedly been suffering from dementia and in August his daughter Kelly had filed documents to become his conservator in an effort to oversee his medical needs.
Sad loss: Television legend Tim Conway has passed away at the age of 85, his publicist confirmed on Tuesday. Seen in 2013
He passed away at 8:45 am on Tuesday in the Los Angeles area, his rep Howard Bragman told People.
It was claimed that he had ‘suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).’ And it was added that he had ‘no signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s’ even though earlier reports conflict that.
Conway was known for being able to play a wide range of characters and excelled at sketch comedy.
He played several quirky characters on The Carol Burnett Show during the 1970s, such as the beloved Mr Tudball.
He was part of a smart team: The cast portrait of The Carol Burnett Show; from left: Tim, Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence and Dick Van Dyke in 1977
Comedic relief: He excellent at his sketch pieces on The Carol Burnett Show. Here he is seen as Mickey Hart with Vicki Lawrence (as Mama Harper) and Carol Burnett (as Eunice Higgins)
He won a Golden Globe Award for the series in 1976, along with Emmys in 1973, 1977 and 1978.
Conway attended Bowling State University then enlisted in the Army where he worked at a local radio station in Cleveland.
His first TV show was a small part on Channing in 1963 then he landed his gig as Charles Parker on McHale’s navy, which ran from 1962 until 1966.
Funniest people on TV: L to R, Lyle Waggoner of Wonder Woman, Lawrence, Burnett, Harvey Korman and Conway on The Carol Burnett Show
Next came the 1967 series Rango and then a small part on That’s Life.
He didn’t become a household name until he landed a part on The Carol Burnett Show. There he flourished with his sketch pieces, one of his best was playing a bumbling old man.
‘They used to do 33 shows a year on Burnett,’ he told the Los Angeles Times. ‘She said why don’t you just be a regular on the show? I said I will tell you what. I will do 32 shows and leave one week open at the end, so I can guest on somebody’s show. I always guested on her show, but I did have the right to go somewhere else. My job on every show was to break everybody up.’
More pals: (L-R) Burnett, Amy Schumer, actress Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway in 2012 in NYC
He also took a stab at his own show, The Tim Conway Show, which was short lived.
Here he is seen with one of his Emmys in 1996
Conway continued to guest star on shows like 1991’s Carol & Company before he landed a more steady gig on Married… With Children as Ephraim Wanker.
Tom stood out opposite Craig T Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke on Coach in the mid Nineties.
More recently he voiced Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants.
And in 2014 he made an appearance on Two And A Half Men.
Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, Charlene, as well as his stepdaughter, his six biological children and two granddaughters.
In August, his daughter worked hard to get a conservatorship so she could oversee his medical treatments.
Stay current: In 2014 he was seen with (L-R) Jon Cryer, Steve Lawrence, Carl Reiner, Ashton Kutcher and Gary Marshall on Two And A Half Men
The documents stated that his wife Charlene, to whom the comic legend was married to since 1984, was ‘planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at.’
Days later, Kelly sought a temporary restraining order to stop the move.
But in March, Charlene was appointed conservator of her husband, People added.
They had a long marriage: Conway is seen here with his wife Charlene in 2005