Tim Conway, best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, died on Tuesday morning in L.A. He was 85. Howard Bragman, Conway's representative, told CNN that he was battling a longtime illness prior to his death, but said it was not dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Conway won four Emmys (three for acting, one for writing) for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, from 1967-1978.
After The Carol Burnett Show ended, he worked on Disney live-action comedies like The Apple Dumpling Gang, then won several more Emmys for his roles on sitcoms Coach, 30 Rock and for his voiceover work in SpongeBob Squarepants.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Patton Oswalt, Conan O’Brien and Judd Apatow were among the celebrities who memorialized him on social media.
His costar Burnett told CNN: “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.”
She dedicated a previously scheduled one-woman show, “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where the Audience Asks Questions,” to Conway's memory last night in North Carolina.
Conway married twice, first to Mary Anne Dalton from 1961 to 1978, with whom he had six children. Conway is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Charlene Fusco.
The family is asking that donations be made in his memory to The Lou Ruvo Brain Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.