Tim Conway dies at 85, Star of the Carol Burnett Show, Relished The Role Of Comedic Co-Star, beloved actor is best known for characters. The venerable actor was best known for his TV work on “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show. Tim Conway speaks at the Screen Actors Guild Awards rehearsals in Los Angeles in 2011. He made an impact on later generations as the voice of Barnacle Boy on the popular animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
He died at 8:45 a.m. PDT Tuesday after a long illness, Bragman said. Tim Conway, who once made viewers and castmates on “The Carol Burnett Show” weep with laughter over his deadpan comic delivery, has died at the age of 85, his publicist Howard Bragman confirms. Conway’s daughter, Kelly Conway, and five sons announced his death in a news release sent to USA TODAY by Kelly’s publicist, Roger Neal.
Born Thomas Daniel Conway in Ohio, he served in the Army and knocked around in Cleveland’s local TV scene before heading to New York to join The Steve Allen Show in the early 1960s. A rep for Conway tells Variety he died from water on the brain. Conway won Emmys for best supporting performer in 1973, 1977 and 1978 from his “Burnett” work. Conway’s improvisational antics frequently cracked up his co-stars, foremost among them Harvey Korman.
The show already had a staffer named Tom Conway, he adopted the stage name Tim. Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, his six biological children and two granddaughters. Conway’s longtime friend and fellow star Carol Burnett told Fox News, “I’m heartbroken. Kelly and her stepmother each wanted sole conservatorship over the actor. It was reported the star was suffering from dementia. Conway, who largely retired in 2016, was unable to appear in the 50th-anniversary celebration of “The Carol Burnett Show,” which aired in December 2017.