Fans of “The Carol Burnett Show,” “McHale’s Navy” and even the “Dorf on Golf” videos are mourning the death of Tim Conway, one of the most accomplished television comedians of the 1960s and 1970s. Conway died this morning in a long-term care facility in Los Angeles, according to media reports.
Conway’s rep, Howard Bragman, said Conway died after suffering complications from hydrocephalus. The comedian also had dementia. He was 85.
Conway was a six-time Emmy winner, most recently claiming a trophy in 2008 for a guest appearance on “30 Rock.” He also won in 1996 for a guest role on “Coach,” following up on his four Emmys for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show” — including one as a writer.
In all, he was nominated 13 times for Emmys, going all the way back to “McHale’s Navy” in 1963.
The Los Angeles Times quotes Burnett saying in a statement today: “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.”
Conway’s career mainly centered on television, but he also had a film career, including appearances in “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975), “The Shaggy D.A.” (1976), “Cannonball Run II” (1984), “Dear God” (1996) and “Air Bud 2” (1998).
He created something of a cottage industry in the 1980s with a series of home videos based on an unusually short character named Dorf. The mock how-to videos generally had sports themes: “Dorf on Golf,” “Dorf on the Diamond,” “Dorf Goes Auto Racing,” “Dorf Goes Fishing,” etc.
Here’s an outtake from “The Carol Burnett Show” with Conway telling his elephant story …