The world has lost one of the funniest deadpan comedians with the death of Tim Conway on May 14. He was originally a Midwesterner, born in Willoughby, Ohio in 1933, before going to Hollywood. We know him as Ensign Charles Beaumont Parker on McHale’s Navy and several characters on The Carol Burnett Show, including The Oldest Man, Mr. Tudball and Mickey Hart. The skits in which he cracked up his co-stars are legendary, such as “The Dentist” and “The Elephant Story.” Conway joined the cast of Burnett’s show in 1975 after making frequent guest appearances. He won Emmy Awards in 1973, 1977 and 1978. You can still see “The Carol Burnett Show” on MeTV, where he leaves a huge legacy of laughter.
Patty Spitler, host of Great Day TV, interviewed Conway when he was in Indianapolis years ago for a play. “He was funny, nice, a great interview. He'll always be in my heart and make me smile. Remember The Carol Burnett Show and the old man shuffle? And the way he made Harvey Korman laugh and break character? Much love, Tim. Rest now.”
Here are remembrances on social media from two of his costars, Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence:
“I’m heartbroken,” Carol said in a statement. “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.”
Vicki’s post on Instagram and Facebook: “Hysterical, crazy, bold, fearless, humble, kind, adorable . . . all synonyms for Tim Conway. I am so lucky to ever have shared a stage with him. Harvey and Tim are together again. The angels are laughing out loud tonight.”