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Actor/Comedian, Together Again DVD, (Conway Enterprises, 2007)
Best known for his role on The Carol Burnett Show, an 11 year stint that garnered him five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe
Received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1989
Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2002
Received TV Land’s Legend Award in 2005
Appeared on every major variety show from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno to sitcoms such as Cosby, Touched by an Angel and Coach
Television & Radio degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Married to Charlene; has six adult children from his first marriage and one adopted daughter from his second marriage
CBN.com A COMEDY LEGEND
Tim Conway is best known for his role on The Carol Burnett Show, an 11-year stint that garnered him five Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, major accolades from critics, and three generations of fans.
Conway played the funny guy alongside Harvey Korman's straight man, often cracking up Korman midway through scenes. The spontaneous break in character became a hallmark to watch for in every episode.
Tim’s extensive television career has spanned nearly four decades. Born in Willoughby, Ohio, he had a fast rise in show business, from a staff job at a Cleveland TV station to a regular gig on the Steve Allen Show. He went on to play Ensign Charles Parker on McHale's Navy in the 1960's, and eventually landed The Carol Burnett Show, first starring as a guest in 1967 and then coming a permanent fixture in 1975.
In 2001, Conway and Korman starred in the 25th anniversary reunion special, The Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers. The program drew 30 million viewers and became the fourth-highest-rated TV show of the season. A testament to the show's unique multigenerational appeal, the special attracted everyone from grandparents who saw the original episodes to teenagers now enjoying re-runs on TV Land.
Throughout his career, Tim has turned down many projects because of content. He said he just felt more “comfortable” doing appropriate material.
Tim credits that decision in part to growing up in a small town where everyone knew everybody. Tim’s decision to keep his material clean has kept audiences laughing for years.
“I just have a certain respect for the audience, and I would like them to come with the whole family, sit down, enjoy something, go home, and be able to talk about it,” says Tim.
He joined forces with the Parents Television Council (PTC), as a Celebrity Advisory Board Member, to help clear up TV by putting adult programming in the proper time slots.
Tim remembers, “In the "old days" you didn't have to worry about the programming in the proper time slots. The TV set was a member of the family. You could laugh, cry, or just relax together while you enjoyed the program.” He believes, “The reason The Carol Burnett Show did so well in the ratings is because people were looking for that comfort zone when the whole family sat around and watched television and enjoyed it."
These days, Tim says he doesn’t watch television with his children because he never knows what's going to jump up and be on that screen, and it could be embarrassing. Even though his kids are in their 30s and 40s.
“I still don't enjoy sitting in a living room and watching some kind of raunch come up,” says Tim.
Tim says he would like for people to “look back and say, as they do with Gleason and Laurel and Hardy and Steve Allen and the rest of the greats, that funny was funny in those days. You didn't need language. You didn't need nudity. You didn't need all the obscenities in order to make something funny. I've always felt that the easiest way to get a laugh is to do things like that. It's a lot tougher to do some delicate writing to make it funny and it's also a lot funnier to me.”
These days Tim is staying busy doing a variety of projects including voice over work for the DVD, Hermie and Wormie, a faith-based film for young children. He has already done three in the past with Don Knotts, before he passed away. The first one sold over a million copies on the first release.
He also is wrapping-up a voice recording of Freddy, an animated Garfield, buddy character. The 3D CGI animated motion picture Garfield's Fun Fest, produced by Dan Chuba, will soon be a theatrical and DVD release.
This summer, Tim will appear on a new series that features present stars and the stars that have influenced their careers. Howie Mandel of Deal, Or No Deal has chosen Tim to appear as his influence. And, Tim was also featured in the May issue of Guidepost featuring his association with Louise DuArt, her husband SQuire Rushnell, and his successful book series, When God Winks. By combining their faith-based sentiments, they have championed the campaign to guide people to a happier outlook on life.
Tim is also an active member of several charities, including various drug abuse programs and the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund of which he is the co-founder. The organization aids injured and disabled jockeys. Tim and Judy McCarron, wife of Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, started the charity in 1987. The organization has provided assistance to more than 1,450 riders from every racetrack in North America. The assistance provided includes: renovation of homes to accommodate the use of wheelchairs, conversion of vans and cars with hand control and side gate lifts, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, and more.
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