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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Remembering Tim Conway 1933 - 2019

The actor, writer and comedian, who died today at age 85, won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for The Carol Burnett Show (1967-78). He also received two Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Coach (1996) and 30 Rock (2008). Other television credits include The Steve Allen Show (1961), McHale's Navy (1962-66), Rango (1967), The Tim Conway Show (1970), The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (1970), The Tim Conway Show (1980-81), Ace Crawford, Private Eye (1983), Tim Conway's Funny America (1990) and On the Spot (2003).

Conway also appeared in many films, including The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), Gus (1976), The Shaggy D.A. (1976), The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977), They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way (1978), The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Private Eyes (1980), Cannonball Run II (1984), The Longshot (1986), Dear God (1996), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998).

Below I've selected some of my favorite Carol Burnett Show sketches to celebrate Tim Conway's life and career.

"The Dentist" (with Harvey Korman) on The Carol Burnett Show on March 3, 1969 (he and Korman discussed this sketch in an Archive of American Television interview on April 20, 2004).

"As the Stomach Turns" on The Carol Burnett Show on October 20, 1969

"The Interrogator" (with Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner) on The Carol Burnett Show on February 23, 1974

"As the Stomach Turns" (with Cher) on The Carol Burnett Show on September 27, 1975

The first "Mrs. Wiggins" sketch on The Carol Burnett Show on January 10, 1976

"Fire At Will" (with Harvey Korman) on The Carol Burnett Show on October 23, 1976

"The Old Hot Dog Vendor" (with Harvey Korman) on The Carol Burnett Show on November 20, 1976

"The Family" play "Password" on The Carol Burnett Show on November 5, 1977 (the first video is the sketch that aired; the second is an outtake from the episode's second taping).

Carol Burnett sings "You Light Up My Life" to Tim Conway. but this outtake did not air on The Carol Burnett Show on January 1, 1978.


john said...

A true comedy legend. Thank you.

joel65913 said...

A giant talent who played with other masters. It's terribly sad, especially with the passing of Doris Day and Peggy Lipton within the last couple of days, but he had been very ill for quite some time so at least he's not suffering now and his legacy will live on. Thanks for the nice tribute.

Deep Dish said...

You're welcome - glad you both liked my tribute!