SALT LAKE CITY — Tim Conway, best known for his role in “The Carol Burnett Show,” has died at the age of 85.
According to USA Today, Conway died at 8:45 a.m. PDT Tuesday after battling a long illness.
Conway’s wife, Charlene Fusco, and his daughter Jackie were at his side, according to CBS.
Conway was best known for his comedic role in the “The Carol Burnett Show” (1975-1978). He also starred in “McHale’s Navy” and voiced Barnacle Boy for “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Conway will perhaps best be remembered for the way he made viewers laugh with his deadpan expressions and solid comedic delivery.
"I'm heartbroken,” Carol Burnett said in a statement about Conway’s death released Tuesday. “He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being.
“I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He'll be in my heart forever.”
Conway won three Emmys with his co-star Burnett and another Emmy for his role as a writer for “The Carol Burnett Show." He also won Emmys for his guest appearances in “Coach” (1996) and “30 Rock” (2008).
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 was discovered by Rose Marie of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” who got him an audition for “The Steve Allen Show.” Conway was a regular on the show in the early 1960s.
Fans around the world have been sharing tributes to Conway at the news of his passing.
“When I was a kid watching ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ no one made me laugh harder than Tim Conway. What a sweet and effortlessly funny man,” Conan O’Brien said.
“We are sad to learn Tim Conway, the legendary voice of Barnacle Boy, has passed away. Thank you for everything you contributed to Bikini Bottom,” the "SpongeBob" Twitter account tweeted.
“Tim Conway made me laugh. A great gift and talent. Carol, my friend, my hand in yours as you miss him,” Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted.
“The amount of joy Tim Conway brought my family as a child was immeasurable. The man was pure comedy. Riotously funny,” Judd Apatow tweeted. “I finally got to see him work when he guest starred on The Larry Sanders show and he was all I dreamed he would be. As kind as he was funny. He will be missed.”