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Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933) 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. He was born in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb Willoughby and grew up in nearby Chagrin Falls. He attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, majoring 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 in the promotional department. He later worked with Cleveland broadcasting legend Ernie Anderson on WKYC TV and WJW TV and recorded a comedy album with Anderson. is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Tom Conway (September 15, 1904 – April 22, 1967) was an English actor. ... Nickname: Motto: Progress & Prosperity Location in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State County Cuyahoga Founded 1796 Incorporated 1814 (village)   1836 (city) Government  - Mayor Frank G. Jackson (D) Area [1]  - City  82. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Willoughby is a city located in Lake County, Ohio. ... Chagrin Falls is a village located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. ... Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a public four-year institution located in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA; about 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio on I-75. ... Nickname: BG Location in Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Wood incorporated 1901 [3] Government type Mayor-Administrator [1] Mayor John Quinn [1] Municipal Administrator John Fawcett [2] Area    - City 26. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Ernie Anderson as Ghoulardi Ernie Anderson (November 12, 1923 – February 6, 1997) was an American television and radio personality, voice announcer, actor and the father of film director Paul Thomas Anderson. ... WKYC-TV is Clevelands affiliate for NBC and is owned by Gannett. ... WJW, channel 8, is an owned-and-operated television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in Cleveland, Ohio. ...

Tim Conway, Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn in McHale's Navy. Photo: Howard Frank Archives
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Conway gained a national following from his appearance in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy. Afterwards, he starred in a string of series. 1967's Rango starred Conway as an incompetent Texas Ranger. In the 1970s, The Tim Conway Show paired Tim with Joe Flynn of McHale's Navy in a sitcom set in the confined set of a DC-3. Having "nowhere to run", this pressurized situation was ideal for the fast repartee of the lead actors. Tim got his own hour-long variety show, oddly named "The Tim Conway Razzle Dazzle Hour," which, as his other series had, folded quickly. Typical of his self-effacing humor, he ordered his car's license plate to reflect the usual duration of a Conway TV series: "13 WEEKS." Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... Joe Flynn is the inventor of Parallel Path Technology, recently endorsed at the STAIF Conference by Boeing Phantomworks. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The year 1967 in television involved some significant events. ... Rango was a Western situation comedy starring comedian Tim Conway which was broadcast in the United States on the ABC television network in 1967. ... Texas Rangers, a body of law enforcement in the state of Texas which is the oldest law enforcement body in North America with statewide jurisdiction and serves as a State Bureau of Investigation. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Joe Flynn (November 8, 1924 - July 19, 1974) was an American character actor best known for his participation in the popular 1960s TV sitcom, McHales Navy. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ... Douglas DC-3 VH-AES at Avalon in 2003. ... Look up Wit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wit is a form of intellectual humor, based on manipulation of concepts; a wit is someone who excels in witty remarks, typically in conversation and spontaneously, since wit carries the connotation of speed of thought. ...

He was often paired with fellow funnyman Don Knotts in family films from Disney, including the popular The Apple Dumpling Gang series. Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Threes... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney movie about slick gambler Bill Bixby who is duped to taking care of a group of orphan children who eventually strike gold during the California Gold Rush. ...

Conway most recently created a Collector's Edition DVD of new comedy sketches with friend, Harvey Korman; titled, "Together Again" (2006), available on his official Web site.


The Carol Burnett Show

Conway is probably best known 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. For example, in a sketch where Conway and Harvey Korman are having a swordfight duel in medieval garb, Korman appears to run him through. Conway pulls the thin sword "out", looks at it as if it were a dipstick, and remarks, "Hmm... down a quart!" and Korman convulses. The original cast in 1967. ... Actor Harvey Korman in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles. ... An Italian-grip foil A foil is a type of weapon used in fencing. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

On many episodes of the show, Conway would have Ernie Anderson 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 work on the show earned him three Emmy Awards. Two of Conway's memorable characters on the Burnett Show were: An Emmy Award. ...

  • "The Old Man," whose shaggy white hair, slow speech, and shuffling gait ran counter to the needed energy levels of the various occupations he was usually found in. His comic inability to get said jobs done — usually with slapstick results to himself, and with many an ad-lib — would both frustrate and 'break up' his fellow sketch performers.
  • "Mr. Tudball," a Swedish-American businessman whose intentions of running a 'ship-shape' office were usually sunk by the bored indifference of his secretary, "Mrs. Whiggins" (Burnett). Conway's stereotypical Swedish accent (especially when frustrated) added to the humor; for example, his attempts to pronounce his secretary's name came out as "Mrs. Ah-huh-whiggins". He would also use this accent for other characters, such as an inept dentist.

Conway could also get results with no dialogue, as in a sketch in which he played a tired businessman seeking restful sleep in his hotel — and pestered by a housefly, created only by a sound effect and Conway's gazing after it. After much struggle, he manages to get the fly out of the room through the window; after returning to bed, he hears a persistent knock on his door, gets up to answer it, and opens the door, letting the fly (who was doing the knocking) back in. Slapstick is a type of comedy involving exaggerated physical violence. ... Ad lib (and ad-lib) are terms derived from the Latin ad libitum, meaning at ones pleasure. Ad lib is the adjective or adverb; ad-lib is the verb or noun form. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758 The housefly (also house fly or house-fly), Musca domestica, is the most common fly occurring in homes, the most familiar of all flies and indeed one of the most widely distributed animals; it is a pest that can carry and transmit serious diseases. ...

Another well-remembered skit, also without a word from Conway, featured him playing Elsa, the lioness raised by humans then released to the wild (seen in the film Born Free). Conway, told of the upcoming eviction from the comfortable home, caused Burnett and Korman to break up with an interminable process of packing to leave. Born Free is a book written by Joy Adamson in the 1960s about an orphaned Kenya. ...


Conway on the cover of Dorf Goes Fishing

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 his goofy Mr. Tudball accent. The Dorf character first appeared in the 1987 film Dorf on Golf and has since appeared in seven other films on a variety of sports from baseball to auto racing. Dorf on Golf was remastered in 2007 and will be re-released on DVD, effective June 2007. Image File history File links DORFFISHING.jpg‎ This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film or the studio which produced the film in question. ... Image File history File links DORFFISHING.jpg‎ This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film or the studio which produced the film in question. ... Dorf Goes Fishing is a 1993 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Ronnie Schell and Yvonne Wilder. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Dorf on Golf is a 1987 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Vincent Schiavelli and Michele Smith. ...

Other recent roles

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 a recurring role on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants; in this role, he is once again paired up as the sidekick to his old McHale's Navy co-star, Ernest Borgnine (who voices Mermaid Man, the "mentor" of Barnacle Boy). He appeared several times on the sitcom Married... With Children portraying Ephraim Wanker, the hillbilly father of Peg Bundy. Conway also guest stars occasionally on the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, playing Tom Warner, 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 appeared in animated form in a guest shot in the October 6, 1973 episode of The New Scooby Doo Movies, "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show." In 2003, he returned to television on the short-lived WB Network comedy, On The Spot. This article is about motion pictures. ... Peter Jackson in The Fellowship of the Ring (top), The Two Towers (middle) and The Return of the King (bottom). ... Barnacle Boy is a fictional character in the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... Mermaid Man is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants. ... Married… with Children was a long-running American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Yes, Dear is a television sitcom which premiered in 2000 on CBS. It stars Anthony Clark, Jean Louisa Kelly, Mike OMalley, and Liza Snyder. ... Anthony Clark (born 1 November 1977) is a male badminton player from the United Kingdom. ... Vicki Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad on March 26, 1949, in Inglewood, California, USA) is an Emmy Award-winning actress and also an American comedian and singer. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Scooby-doo is also British naval divers slang for civilian sport scuba diver. Scooby-Doo is an important character in animation up to this day Scooby-Doo is a long-running animated series produced for television by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1969 to 1986, 1988 to 1991, and from 2002... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... On the Spot was a series which aired during 2003 on the WB Television Network. ...

During The Biography Channel's biography of Conway, Borgnine referred to Conway as "a credit to his profession" and Burnett said words to the effect that Conway's talent for comedy was only outstripped by his genuine kindness and good nature. The Biography Channel (or bio. ...

A fan of thoroughbred horse racing, and an occasional racehorse owner, Tim Conway is a co-founder, Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors of the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund. [1] Thoroughbred race horses The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known as a race horse. ... Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer (that is, someone who works for the company) charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ...

Conway's son, Tim Conway Jr., hosts the Conway and Whitman radio show on KLSX in Los Angeles, California. The Conway and Whitman show is a local talk radio program on KLSX 97. ... The Conway and Whitman show is a local talk radio program on KLSX 97. ... KLSX 97. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...

External links

  • Tim Conway's Official Web site
  • Tim Conway at the Internet Movie Database
  • Archive of American Television Interview with Tim Conway in April 20, 2004 on Google Video
  • Disney Legends profile
  • Tim Conway Interview with Chris & Rob April 23, 2002
  • Tim Conway at TV.com

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Tim Conway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (344 words)
Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933, Willoughby, Ohio) is an American comedic actor.
Conway continues to appear in movies and has cameo appearances in TV series; most of these appearances showcase his comedic talent.
Tim Conway's son, Tim Conway Jr., can be heard hosting the Conway and Whitman radio show on KLSX in Los Angeles, California.
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