US comedy veteran Tim Conway, best known for The Carol Burnett Show, McHale’s Navy & SpongeBob SquarePants has died, aged 85.
He died from water on the brain on Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to his representatives.
Conway’s breakout role was on the sitcom McHale’s Navy from 1962-1966, where he played Ensign Charles Parker, a blundering ensign in World War II. He also appeared as a core member in 66 episodes of The Carol Burnett Show from 1975-1978 where his delivery and improvisational wit often left his castmates in stitches.
On SpongeBob SquarePants, he voiced Barnacle Boy, the under-appreciated sidekick of Mermaid Man, voiced by the late Ernest Borgnine. In 2018 showrunner Vincent Waller said Conway would not be returning to the cartoon, writing on Twitter: “No, sadly not. Mr. Conway is having health issues. He came in for the 2nd SB movie and voiced a seagull, but it wasn’t easy for him.”
He hosted his own The Time Conway Show in 1970.
His other credits were numerous including The Steve Allen Show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Newhart, Cybill, Married with Children, The Larry Sanders Show, Cosby, Suddenly Susan, The Drew Carey Show, Ellen, Clueless, Mad About You, Diagnosis Murder, 30 Rock, CSI, Mike & Molly, Hot in Cleveland, Two and a Half Men and Glee.
“I’ve never been comfortable as the star,” Conway once said. “I don’t feature myself as being the head man. I would much rather stand in the background and make small, funny things go, than be up at the head of the class.”
Source: Inside Edition