Tim Conway is one of the world's most famous comedic actors. His is renowned for his work on The Carol Burnet Show, McHale's Navy, and The Steve Allen Show. He even has his own star on Hollywood's 'Walk of Fame.' Conway's characterizations and witty humor are what have kept audiences enthralled for over 40 years.
Tim was born 'Thomas Daniel Conway' on December 15, 1933, and grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; he often draws on this unfortunately named town in many of his comedy routines. After high school, Conway attended Bowling Green State University where he majored in speech and radio. Soon after, he joined up with the Eighth Army Assignment Team. One of Conway's most famous characters is based on his experiences in the army, and a lot of his stand-up is also based on his military experience.
Tim's military career was short-lived, and he finally got a job that held his interest: answering mail for a radio deejay in Cleveland, Ohio. His letters were so funny he was promoted to a writer and later became a director and recurring guest of the small-scale TV show Ernie's Place.
Conway's first big break came when comedienne Rose Marie saw his act in 1961: she was incredibly impressed and arranged an audition for The Steve Allen Show. Allen thought Conway was hilarious, so he soon became a regular on the show. It was at this point that Conway decided to change his name from 'Tom' to 'Tim' in order to avoid confusion with the famous British actor Tom Conway.
Although Tim Conway became famous on The Steve Allen Show, he wasn't truly celebrated until he starred in McHale's Navy. The television show began in 1962 and ran six seasons; the show even garnered two movie spin-offs.
Even more well-known than McHale's Navy are Conway's appearances on The Carol Burnett Show. He wrote and regularly appeared on the show for eleven years and earned four Emmy awards for his efforts. Other television appearances include Newhart, The Tim Conway Show, Ace Crawford, Private Eye, SpongeBob Squarepants, Turn On, Rango, 'Yes, Dear,' The Drew Carrey Show, and The Simpsons. In 1997, he won his fifth Emmy for his guest appearance on the television show Coach. Conway's film credits include The Apple Dumpling Gang, Speed 2, The Prize Fighter, The Private Eyes, The Long Shot, and The Billion Dollar Hobo, which he wrote and also co-starred in.
On stage, Conway has played Felix in The Odd Couple for 182 performances. He also wrote and starred in Just For Laughs, A Day with Gates and Mills, which toured for twenty weeks with tremendous box office ticket sales. He often performs in Las Vegas and sells out tickets with former cast-members like Carol Burnett and Petula Clark. In 2004, Tim and former member of The Carol Burnett Show, Harvey Korman, began their 'Together Again' tour, which was scheduled for ten months.
Tim Conway is arguably one of the most creative and spontaneous comedians today. His original material, often improvised, has gained him the admiration of fellow performers and audiences, while his comedy routines have sold out tickets throughout the world.