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Overview (5)

Born in Willoughby, Ohio, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from hydrocephalus)
Birth NameThomas Daniel Conway
Nicknames Timmy
Tom Conway
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio, to Sophia (Murgoiu) and Daniel Conway, a pony groomer. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started writing and performing comedy skits between morning movies on CBS. Later, Rose Marie "discovered" him and he became a regular performer on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1951). However, Conway would not earn true fame until starring as "Ensign Charles Parker" on McHale's Navy (1962). Conway sought further success in several shows that were failures, including the embarrassingly short-lived, Turn-On (1969), with only one episode. The producers did not even want it back on after the commercial break! Even his own show, The Tim Conway Show (1970) flopped, with only 12 episodes. Conway starred in the Disney film, The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), and also the films, The Prize Fighter (1979) and The Private Eyes (1980).

Conway became a comical performer on The Carol Burnett Show (1967), with characters such as "The Old Man" and "Mr. Tudball". Even though it is widely thought he was always a regular performer throughout the whole show, he only became a regular performer in 1975. He was a hysterical addition to the team and memorably made co-star Harvey Korman laugh on-screen live many times.

Conway continued comedic roles such as "Dorf", and also had many more television appearances and films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Foster

Spouse (2)

Charlene Conway (18 May 1984 - 14 May 2019) (his death)
Mary Anne Dalton (27 May 1961 - 1978) (divorced) (6 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His thick nasally voice
Frequently worked with Harvey Korman or Don Knotts

Trivia (25)

Changed his first name to Tim, to avoid confusion with actor Tom Conway.
Comedienne Rose Marie discovered him and arranged for him to audition for The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1951). He so impressed Allen that Conway wound up with a regular spot on the show.
Has been called "the best second-banana in the business".
He became notorious on The Carol Burnett Show (1967) for making the cast members--especially co-star Harvey Korman--break up with laughter during taping, while he remained in character. Unlike most shows, these bits were usually left in the routines when the episodes were aired.
His car's license plate reads "13 WKS", a reference to the fact that all of his solo television projects have been cancelled after 13 weeks.
Received his Bachelor's degree in television and radio from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
After he graduated from Bowling Green State University, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served between 1956-1958.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 115-116. New York: Facts on File (1992). ISBN 0816023387.
In 2004, he was named a Disney Legend.
His father was an Irish immigrant and his maternal grandparents were Romanian. His birth first name was the Romanian name Toma, later changed to Thomas.
Was local television comedy team partner with Ernie Anderson (father of director Paul Thomas Anderson) until Conway moved away from Cleveland.
In his guest appearance on 30 Rock: Subway Hero (2008), his character, Bucky Bright, is escorted around the NBC office. When he identifies himself in a picture, the image is an actual publicity photo of the McHale's Navy (1962) cast. Conway starred on "McHale's Navy" and is the person in the picture at which he pointed.
Best known by the public for his role as Ensign Charles Parker on McHale's Navy (1962).
Worked many times with his co-star Harvey Korman outside The Carol Burnett Show (1967) on a comedy tour. He also worked with Carol Burnett in Touched by an Angel (1994) and Hot in Cleveland (2010). The co-star he worked with most was Vicki Lawrence in Yes, Dear (2000) six times and Hermie & Friends (2004).
Took part in honoring his friend Carol Burnett in All-Star Party for Carol Burnett (1982) and the The Mark Twain Award Ceremony.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6740 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 9, 1989.
Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Ernest Borgnine on McHale's Navy (1962).
His acting mentor and former neighbor Ernest Borgnine, passed away on July 8, 2012, at age 95. Conway had also worked with Borgnine on the popular cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), voicing the roles of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for 13 years.
Credited Ernest Borgnine as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Ernest Borgnine took him under his wing, when he was 29.
Conway joined "The Carol Burnett Show" cast after Lyle Waggoner departed from the series due to contract issues. Waggoner ended up acting as Steve Trevor on Wonder Woman (1975). He remained in that series until its cancellation in 1979.
His remains are entombed at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
Had one stepdaughter, Jackie Beatty, and two granddaughters.
Tim Conway was inducted into the "Horror Host Hall of Fame" in 2011 in the behind the Screams category for "Original Writer for Ghoulardi".

Personal Quotes (9)

People come up to me and start conversations. Dogs sniff me. It's quite an easy life, actually.
[on his childhood dyslexia] People thought that I was kidding when I would read out loud in school, so they started laughing. For instance, the book "They Were Expendable" I read as "They Were Expandable". People were going, "This guy is great! Expandable! What are you talking about, rubber people?" I thought, "I must be funny, so I might as well continue with this."
[on the late Harvey Korman, his friend and co-star on The Carol Burnett Show (1967)] Harvey was one of the brightest people I've ever met, but the man could not tie his own shoes. He looked at life from an entirely different angle. I would put him on constantly. We were on an airplane one time, coming back [to Los Angeles] from New York, and we had to land in Arizona to refuel. We were taxiing out to the next runway, and I said to Harvey, "I don't know if the guy put the gas cap back on. It was on the wing and now it's not." Harvey got worried. So he got up and went to the pilot and said, "Your gas cap is not on." And the pilot just looked at him. There is no gas cap!
It's been such a great ride because I've got to do all the great things I respect in comedy, and met the people I respect in comedy.
[on his favorite comic heroes of all time] Jackie Gleason, Steve Allen, Tom Poston, Don Knotts. Don Knotts was a really big influence, especially on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1951). I mean, look at the guy, his entire life is in his face. And you can't TV surf without coming across an The Andy Griffith Show (1960) episode, where you've just got to watch Don as "Barney Fife". And that's why I put Don in several of my movies.
[When asked if he runs into Ernest Borgnine a great deal] I run into Ernie fairly frequently. He has a great feeling for seeing and being with people. He travels around the country in a trailer, stops at little towns, jumps in, speaks to people, and moves on. He loves to do that kind of thing.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Ernest Borgnine on McHale's Navy (1962)] And I went out and did it--Ernie was sensational. I mean, here's an Oscar-winner, dealing with a guy who should be in Cleveland. And to go from Marty (1955) to From Here to Eternity (1953) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), I mean, the Alpha-Omega of acting and here's me, who didn't know anything about this. So one day, I thought I would impress Ernie and see what I know what I'm doing, and I said, "Before we're doing a shot", I said, "Ernie, what is my motivation in this particular scene?' He said, "If you don't get this shot by 5 P.M., I'm going to kick you in the ass." So that was my acting lesson; and that's the only one I've ever had.
[on Ernest Borgnine] Yeah, I'm afraid--he's unbelievable. He lives not too far from us. And I also do a SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) with him and we do a couple of voice-overs on it. And he will, you know, he comes running down the hall like a 12-year-old, he grabs me, he gives me a hug, breaks a couple of ribs and I see him again in a couple of weeks. But he just is--it's wonderful, he's what 90 now and he just gets in his tractor--or a tractor--his trailer and drives around the country. He will stop someplace for a week and just sit out in front of a store and talk to people. He loves people; he loves just, you know . . . being himself. And what a talent, I mean, to go from, you know, a [Marty (1955)] and an Oscar winner . . . to Fatso Judson.
[2013, at his friend Carol Burnett's Mark Twain Award ceremony] Ms. Lawrence [Vicki Lawrence] and I go wherever Carol's being honored. This is the sixth city this week.

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