A comedian who has been a television fixture for decades is suffering from dementia and has been confined to a wheelchair, according to a new report. The Blast reports that Tim Conway, who played Ensign Parker on “McHale’s Navy” in the ’60s and was one of the stars of “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’70s, is at the center of a legal dispute among family members over his care.
“According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Conway’s daughter, Kelly, is asking a court to appoint her the conservator of her father’s person so she can handle his medical treatments,” the website reports. “Kelly claims Conway’s current wife, Charlene, is ‘planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at.’ She claims the new facility will not give Conway access to ‘registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing).’”
Kelly reportedly says in the documents that Conway is “almost entirely unresponsive” and is suffering from dementia.
“She is asking the court to grant the conservatorship so she can properly administer medications ‘for the care and treatment of dementia,'” the report adds.
Tim Conway has won six Primetime Emmys, most recently for Outstanding Guest Actor in 2008 for an appearance on “30 Rock.” In recent years he has been providing voices for “SpongeBob SquarePants,” including playing Barnacle Boy.
Here’s a look at Conway in action …