Comedian Tim Conway, star of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' dies at 85

Actor and comedian Tim Conway died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, according to his representative, Howard Bragman. He was 85.

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Conway died around 8:45 a.m., Bragman told People. He added that before his death, Conway was dealing with complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, an abnormal buildup of fluid in the brain's ventricles.

Conway first rose to fame in the early 1960s on ABC's "McHale's Navy," the Los Angeles Times reported. Between the 1960s and the 2000s, Conway appeared in dozens of television shows, including "30 Rock," "Mad About You" and "7th Heaven." He also provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants."

Conway was best known for his work on "The Carol Burnett Show," which aired on CBS from 1967-1978. The ensemble cast included Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. Conway joined the cast as a regular in 1975 after being a frequent guest.


On "The Carol Burnett Show" he created a slew of memorable characters, including Mr. Tudball and the Old Man. His antics often made his castmates break character to laugh.

"My job on every show was to break everybody up," he told the Times in 2013.

His work on the show garnered him four Emmy awards. He won two more in his career for guest appearances on "Coach" and "30 Rock."

Conway also had a modest but steady movie career, appearing in such films as "The Apple Dumpling Gang."

He is survived by his second wife, Charlene Conway, and seven children, according to Variety.

Fans took to social media to remember the comedian, with one calling him “one  of the funniest men on the planet.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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