Tim Conway, 1933-2019

Tim Conway, one of the funniest men of all time, passed away yesterday after a long illness.

Conway was 85.

Tim Conway, who made generations of Americans laugh on TV shows such as “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” died Tuesday morning.

The actor’s big break in Hollywood came on “McHale’s Navy,” when Conway was cast to play Ensign Charles Parker. He was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy in 1963. But he’ll probably be best known for his work on “Carol Burnett,” the iconic 1970s sketch comedy show that included the likes of Burnett, Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Vicki Lawrence.

I’m old enough to remember the Carol Burnett Show, and while everyone on that cast was brilliant, Conway and Korman were head and shoulders above the rest.

Conway won Emmys for best supporting performer in 1973, 1977 and 1978 for his “Burnett” work.

He stole many a scene on “Burnett,” with cameras often catching Burnett and Korman struggling — and usually failing — to keep straight faces after something Conway had said or done something hilarious. (H/TAOSHQ)

An example of that can be seen below the fold…

You know you’re funny when you can make Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence completely lose it on set.

Rest in peace, Mr. Conway. Heaven is now a funnier place with you and Harvey together again.

7 thoughts on “Tim Conway, 1933-2019

  1. The funny part about the elephant story was that Vicki Lawrence was pissed off because she was told just before they did the skit that Tim was going to change it up. Her husband told her to get him, what’s why she made the a*hole comment at the end. He wasn’t expecting her to do that, so when he fell off the couch, it was a genuine reaction.


  2. I found it interesting and encouraging to find out he appeared on Fox and Friends and told them he watched them every morning. Nice to know there was and are reasonable persons in Hollywood.


  3. If you hadn’t have posted that video, I was. That is probably the funniest thing I have ever seen.

    And (dating myself again here) I remember McHale’s Navy from the first episode. He stole the show there also.

    R.I.P. Ensign Parker. You will be missed.


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