Conway's career started on local television in Cleveland in the 1950s, according to CBS, where he did comedic spots on a late-night movie show. He moved to NY to join "The Steve Allen Show" in the early 1960s, where there was already a staffer named Tom Conway. "I am so lucky to ever have shared a stage with him".
He was a fixture throughout the 1970s on "Carol Burnett", where he made his mark with memorable characters like the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball - as well as demonstrating a gift for ad-libbing and on-set pranks. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being.
Conway's improvisational antics frequently cracked up his co-stars, foremost among them Harvey Korman.
Comedian Larry Wilmore led tributes on social media, tweeting, "RIP to Tim Conway who was always always always always amusing!"
Born Thomas Daniel Conway on December 15, 1933, in Willoughby, OH, Conway attended Bowling Green State University, where he studied television and radio.
He was a staple of TV variety programs and comedy shows for roughly half a century.
She said Conway would stick with a sketch's script through dress rehearsal but once it was time to tape the performance for a broadcast, he began freelancing.
The newly self-christened Tim Conway soon got an even bigger break in 1962 with the role of the bumbling ensign on "McHale's".
Marie also helped Conway change his name - from Tom Conway to Tim Conway.
In one popular skit, Conway's portrayal of an inept dentist who accidentally injects himself with painkiller resulted in Korman, who was playing the patient, laughing so hard that he wet his trousers, Burnett said.
Tim Conway and his wife, Charlene, married in 1984, bringing them to 35 years of marriage.