Colleagues, comedians and celebrities react to the death of Tim Conway
The comedy and television worlds continue to mourn a monumental loss. Yesterday, Tim Conway passed away at the age of 85. The funnyman crafted dozens of hilarious characters over a half-century career, from The Oldest Man to Dorf.
With a resume that stretched from McHale's Navy to 30 Rock, Conway had the opportunity to work alongside comedians of several generations. Naturally, upon news of his death, tributes started to pour in.
Carol Burnett, his longtime costar on The Carol Burnett Show and beyond, said in a statement to USA Today:
"He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.”
The love for Tim Conway flooded Twitter, where characters like "The Dentist" quickly became a trending topic on the social media platform. Here are more Tweets from friends and fans. They'll give you a glimpse at what a charming, eternally funny man he was.
You loved everyone you met and we loved you back. You were funny off-camera without always being "on." You were a gentleman without a single mark against your good name. You were a comedy giant in the nice, compact-sized version. I will miss you... Rest in peace, Tim Conway. pic.twitter.com/xpHIGcycdC— RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) May 14, 2019
When I was a kid watching "The Carol Burnett Show," no one made me laugh harder than Tim Conway. What a sweet and effortlessly funny man.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) May 14, 2019
We are sad to learn Tim Conway, the legendary voice of Barnacle Boy, has passed away. Thank you for everything you contributed to Bikini Bottom pic.twitter.com/gQxFuqun1H— SpongeBob (@SpongeBob) May 14, 2019
So sad to hear about Tim Conway’s death. One of my heroes, truly. Did a live sketch w him for NY comedy festival. When we met to “rehearse”, he made me laugh for a solid hour. He didn’t have to. For him to treat me as even close to an equal will always be a cherished honor.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) May 14, 2019
RIP Master. I was honored to make you laugh and be a friend.— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) May 14, 2019
As I spoke at Harvey Korman’s memorial that you oversaw, I said that without question, your work together was right next to Laurel&Hardy in craft and laughs. ❤️to your family. RL https://t.co/0zKWdLkBJK
Mom took Tim Conway & his first wife Maryann under her wing when they came out to LA, which meant they were at the house a lot when I was a teenager-she was always cooking for them. He was a really nice man who happened to be hysterical. Man could he make my dad laugh! So funny! pic.twitter.com/GUb2T2mtQ7— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) May 14, 2019
Safe travels to my fellow Clevelander Tim Conway. A huge talent. We were once on the same plane and joked about who would get top billing in the news if the plane went down. #RIPTimConwayhttps://t.co/ODQ44kvW6V— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) May 14, 2019
Mom discovered Tim Conway in 1961, but they didn't get to really work together until they did @BrookeShields SUDDENLY SUSAN with Harvey in 1997. It was a great reunion for all of them and like always, Tim was hilarious. pic.twitter.com/QcuSTrr0Tk— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) May 14, 2019
The amount of joy Tim Conway brought my family as a child was immeasurable. The man was pure comedy. Riotously funny. I finally got to see him work when he guest starred on The Larry Sanders show and he was all I dreamed he would be. As kind as he was funny. He will be missed. https://t.co/69NkVC6TwZ— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 14, 2019
Tim Conway made me laugh. A great gift and talent. Carol, my friend, my hand in yours as you miss him. pic.twitter.com/BGGjBzJRfg— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) May 14, 2019
Sad to read of the passing of Tim Conway. Both Tim AND Harvey Korman couldn't have been any nicer AND funnier. Now together again making each other laugh. RIP pic.twitter.com/1PmgeP4tYr— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) May 14, 2019