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    Tim Conway dead at 85

    Tim Conway, noted for his roles in The Carol Burnett Show and McHale's Navy, has died in Los Angeles at 85.

    https://people.com/tv/tim-conway-dies/

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    Absolutely one of my favorite comedians. Rest in peace Tim.

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    Also famously host of the ABC series Turn On, which was canceled after just one episode.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn-On

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    He and Harvey Korman were great on "The Carol Burnett Show". He had so many other TV series. I remember watching one where he and Joe Flynn, his "McHale's Navy" co-star, were pilots. I don't remember anything else about it except the theme song.

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    No big surprise...reports came out when he wasn't part of the Carol Burnett 50th that he was in bad health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    No big surprise...reports came out when he wasn't part of the Carol Burnett 50th that he was in bad health.
    I wondered on the 50th anniversary show if the note Carol read was actually from Tim or if someone wrote it for him, especially after it came out that some of his last tweets weren't actually his after his health got worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    No big surprise...reports came out when he wasn't part of the Carol Burnett 50th that he was in bad health.
    Yes, sadly true.

    I as a kid, was a huge fan of the Carol Burnett Show. Why? Because of the Conway/Korman on-air relationship. I couldn't wait to see Tim try and crack-up Harvey, it was just fantastic comedic tv. But I mostly credit the producers and directors of the show to always leave those in to provide that "real" feel. I think some shows still do this, (SNL, but of course they are indeed live), but most don't.

    So Tim will be remembered for operating in an environment that allowed him to show off by cracking up other cast members (mainly Harvey). I say, more of this...

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    I recall this funny story Conway once told on The Tonight Show.

    He was in the Army and had a part-time job as a pin setter in the base bowling alley.
    There was an incredibly arrogant and egotistical junior officer who bowled there. Conway
    said he had rigged some piano wire so that he could take the pins down and make the guy
    bowl strikes any time he liked, just so everyone could see this guy puff himself up into ridiculous displays of braggadocio.

    This backfired when some senior officers learned about this guy's supposed bowling prowess. He was asked to join the official U.S. Army Bowling Team, and was sent to a tournament in Washington, D.C.

    ….where he bowled a 37!

    Conway claimed there was an investigation and he was nearly court-martialed.
    Last edited by FreddyE1977; 05-15-2019 at 03:26 PM. Reason: fix line spacing

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyE1977 View Post
    I recall this funny story Conway once told on The Tonight Show.

    He was in the Army and had a part-time job as a pin setter in the base bowling alley.
    There was an incredibly arrogant and egotistical junior officer who bowled there. Conway
    said he had rigged some piano wire so that he could take the pins down and make the guy
    bowl strikes any time he liked, just so everyone could see this guy puff himself up into ridiculous displays of braggadocio.

    This backfired when some senior officers learned about this guy's supposed bowling prowess. He was asked to join the official U.S. Army Bowling Team, and was sent to a tournament in Washington, D.C.

    ….where he bowled a 37!

    Conway claimed there was an investigation and he was nearly court-martialed.
    That sounds like it could have been a Phil Silvers Sergeant Bilko plot! My favorite Tim Conway story is a little NSFW, but it involves Pat McCormick, the old comedian and Tonight show writer, and a helicopter. It gets told on a couple of Gilbert Gottfried's podcasts. Tim's connection was when someone asked him, "Do you know anything about something Pat McCormick did once?" Tim's reply was "Helicopter? (pause) Yep."

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