Americans who watched comedian Tim Conway at work will always remember making them laugh until their belly hurt but few might know he worked behind the scenes to keep it clean.
Conway, known for his antics that made other professional comics laugh, passed away May 14 at a long-term care facility in Los Angeles.
Tim Winter of Parents Television Council tells OneNewsNow he will miss Conway’s heartfelt work as an advisory board member for the PTC.
Conway was introduced to PTC and its vision by fellow comedian Steven Allen, a co-founder of the organization that lobbies for family-friendly TV viewing.
Winters says Conway was as funny as any comedian of his era but he did it the hard way.
“It's easy to be explicit,” Winter says. “It's hard to be funny and clean, but he was committed to that.”
Best known for his antics on "The Carol Burnett Show," Conway has said that program endured on TV because he and the other cast members made fun of themselves and invited the audience to laugh at their antics. The show also avoided political barbs at Burnett's instruction, he said.
Conway won six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe during his career, which took off with “McHale’s Navy” in 1962.
Newer generations might know Conway just by his voice: he provided the voice of Barnacle Boy on "SpongeBob Square Pants."
Winter says what he'll miss the most about Tim Conway is his genuine love of life.
“And I can tell you,” Winter says, “that [Conway] in his personal life embodies that very same happy, positive, wholesome type of personality that we all know through the television.”
Following the news of Conway’s death, Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas tweeted that he was privileged to meet Conway on two occasions, and a topic of discussion was Conway’s Christian faith.
“God bless you, Tim Conway,” Metaxas wrote. “I will see you again.”
Conway was 85.