Tim Conway was a legend in his era. He made people laugh and cry out of joy. His humor still lives in the hearts of his fans.
Some actors live in the hearts of people forever. No matter how many years go by, their works still make the audience want to love, laugh and cry. Not only did they make a mark in history but also in the lives of people who watched them religiously. Such was Tim Conway, an actor, and comedian who ruled the living rooms of people in the 60s.
According to CNN, the actor best known for his characters such as the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball from The Carol Burnett Show passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday Morning in Los Angeles. He had complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), says Heavy.com. His publicist, Howard Bragman informed that his wife Charlene Fusco and a daughter, Jackie were by his side at the time of death.
Tim Conway was born in Cleveland suburb of Willoughby in 1933. The actor who attended Bowling Green State University and served in the US army started his career on a local TV in the 1950s. The local TV channel in Cleveland gave Conway the opportunity to perform small comedy bits on a late-night movie show.
Conway became widely popular on The Carol Burnett Show. He joined the CBS show in 1975 where he used to make frequent appearances as the guest star. Not only did the brilliant comedian make his audience laugh, but also managed to crack up his co-stars Burnett and Harvey Korman. The redheaded actor, who is known for his deadpan expression and innocent, simple-minded demeanor, won three Emmys for co-starring in The Carol Burnett Show. He also won his fourth Emmy as the member of the show's writing team.
Before rising to fame, he starred in the comedy McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966. The actor later went to do numerous guest appearances in sitcoms including Coach in 1996 and 30 Rock in 2008 respectively. Conway also appeared in a couple of Hollywood movies such as The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), The Shaggy D.A. (1976) and Cannonball Run II (1984). He also did a series of comedy videos based on an oddly short character named Dorf which became very successful in the 1980s.
Recently, the actor had also voiced the role of Barnacle Boy from the children's popular series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Being a star who made people laugh till their bellies hurt, his death has saddened his fans as well as people who knew him well. "I'm heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He'll be in my heart forever," said Carol Burnett quoted CBS News.
Other celebrities and fans took to Twitter to remember Conway and his works. "This man made me laugh so much! So much #respect for the great Tim Conway," wrote Hollywood actor Ben Stiller.
"Tim Conway made me laugh harder than almost anyone on TV, ever. He shaped my sense of humor, inspired my love for comedy. So sad to lose someone so funny. #RIP," wrote comedian and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
On his demise, his family has asked people to make donations to The Lou Ruvo Brain Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada in lieu of flowers or gifts.