Actor. Comedian. Born Thomas Daniel Conway, the son of Sophie and Daniel Conway, a groom, in Willoughby, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University, majoring in speech and radio. After school, he worked in Cleveland on KYW-TV from 1958 to 1959 and on WJW-TV from 1960 to 1962. He was spotted by comedienne Rose Marie, who encouraged him to audition for “The Steve Allen Show” where he was picked up and worked from 1960 to 1961. It was then he altered his name so as not to be confused with another performer. In 1962, he landed the roll of Ensign Charles Parker on the sitcom, "McHale's Navy," which ran from 1962 to 1966. In 1967, he took the lead in the sitcom, “Rango,” followed by a season of “The Tim Conway Show” (1970). He also appeared several times in “Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In” between 1970 and 1971. In 1973, he appeared in the Disney feature film, “The World’s Greatest Athlete.” He also appeared in their “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975), “Gus” (1976) “The Shaggy D.A.” (1976); and “The Billion Dollar Hobo” (1977). What might be his most memorable outing, however, was probably the eleven years he spent on “The Carol Burnett Show” which ran from 1967 to 1978. He won four Emmys and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the show. He appeared in “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again” in 1979, then took another turn as lead in a sitcom for five episodes of “Ace Crawford...Private Eye” in 1983. He produced a series of short videos starring his character, Dorf, between 1987 and 1990 for nine overall, including forays into baseball, auto racing, and fishing. He also guest starred in countless television programs such as “Newhart,” “Married…With Children,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Suddenly Susan,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Mad About You,” “CSI,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Two and Half Men,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Coach,” and “30 Rock,” the last two were performances which won him Emmys. Beginning in 1999, he reunited with Ernest Borgnine to provide the voices of Barnacle Boy and Mermaid Man respectively in the animated “Spongebob Squarepants” series and video games. In 2005, he won a TV Land Legend Award. He revived the character of Dorf for the 2016 comedy, “Chip and Bernie Save Christmas with Dorf.” It would be his last film appearance. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6740 Hollywood Blvd.
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