Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933, Willoughby, Ohio) is an American comedic actor. Conway was born Thomas Daniel Conway, but changed his first name to "Tim" to avoid confusion with actor Tom Conway.
Conway was born in Willoughby, Ohio, and grew up in Chagrin Falls. He attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he majored in speech and radio. After graduating, he joined the Army, following which he took a job answering mail for a Cleveland radio station, where he went on to become a writer for the promotional department.
He gained a following from his appearance in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy. Afterwards, he starred in a string of doomed series before appearing in several slapstick family films. Of these films for Disney, he was often paired with fellow funnyman, Don Knotts. The most popular of these is probably The Apple Dumpling Gang series of movies.
He is probably best known, however, for his work on The Carol Burnett Show where his unscripted antics often caused his fellow players to fall out of character by bursting out in laughter. Conway's work on the show earned him three Emmy Awards. Conway had done an early comedy album with fellow Clevelander Ernie Anderson. On several occasions, Anderson would be in the audience and Carol would ask him to stand up and take a bow, without explanation, as if he were a famous celebrity.
Conway's more recent work includes a series of satirical how-to videos in which he plays a diminutive, dark-haired Scandinavian known as Dorf (a variation on "dwarf"), reprising the goofy accent he used for his inept dentist character in The Carol Burnett Show. Conway continues to appear in movies and has cameo appearances in TV series; most of these appearances showcase his comedic talent. Currently, Conway voices the character "Barnacle Boy" in the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants. Conway also guest stars occasionally on the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, playing the father of Anthony Clark's stuffy character, Greg, with Conway's old Carol Burnett Show co-star Vicki Lawrence playing his wife, Greg's overbearing mother. Conway gave his voice to one episode of "The New Scooby Doo Movies."
Tim Conway's son, Tim Conway Jr., can be heard hosting the Conway and Whitman radio show on KLSX in Los Angeles, California.
Conway himself, when not working in California, resides in Gallatin, Tennessee.
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