“I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being,” Carol Burnett remembered the ace comedian.
The world of television lost one of its greatest actors today, with the passing of Tim Conway. The legendary star from "The Carol Burnett Show" passed away at the age of 85 in Los Angeles on Tuesday. According to Variety, a representative for Conway revealed that he died from water on the brain.
Conway has had a really long career in the television industry and he was nominated for 13 Emmys and had won six. He was nominated six times as a supporting performer for “The Carol Burnett Show,” winning in 1973, 1977 and 1978. And not just for his acting, the veteran star had also been nominated as part of the writing staff for the show, drawing three nominations and winning in 1978.
For the more younger audience, you might have seen him in 30 Rock which had also earned him an Emmy for his performance. He had also made a few brief appearances on “CSI” in 2010, “Hot in Cleveland” in 2010 and 2013, “Two and a Half Men” and “Glee” in 2014.
“I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being,” Carol Burnett said in a statement Tuesday. “I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.” As reported by CBS News.
If you are a fan of “The Carol Burnett Show,” you would remember how Conway could carry any scene on his shoulder with his impeccable comic timing. So much so that even during shots, Conway used to be so hilarious that it often caused co-star Harvey Korman to begin laughing in the middle of the skit. Conway was renowned for ad-libbing bits that would challenge Korman and other co-stars including Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner.
Following the unfortunate death, Vicki Lawrence released a statement and said how she was lucky to have acted alongside Conway. She said: “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.”
Tributes have been pouring in from all quarters following Conway's death. Bob Newhart remembered the dinners they both had in the past and said: "Ginnie and I lost a dear friend with Tim’s passing. He was one of the greatest, if not the greatest.”
“I will always remember our regular Tuesday dinners together with Tim and Sharkey (Charlene), Dick and Dolly Martin, Don and Barbara Rickles, Mike and Marylou Connors, Eydie and Steve Lawrence and Ginnie and me. No one should be allowed to laugh that much! We will miss him greatly.”
Conway had also worked in a quite a lot of movies including “The World’s Greatest Athlete” in 1973, “The Apple Dumpling Gang” in 1975, “The Shaggy D.A.” in 1976, “The Prize Fighter” in 1979 and “Private Eyes” in 1980.
Just seeing that Tim Conway passed away. Heaven is a funnier place tonight. May your memory be a blessing. https://t.co/qckWZ3gYps— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) May 15, 2019
Although the veteran comedian had worked for many decades, it was indeed his work on “The Carol Burnett Show” that was his real gift to the audiences.