Tim Conway dies at 85

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Tim Conway, the stellar second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, has died, according to his publicist.

Actor Tim Conway speaks onstage during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards rehearsals held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

His representative confirmed his death to People, saying Conway died from complications with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. He also won two more Emmys for his guest appearances on "Coach" in 1996 and on "30 Rock" in 2008.

The actor was a student at Bowling State University and served in the United States Army, People.com says.

He was discovered by Rose Marie of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", who got him an audition for "The Steve Allen Show".

Tim Conway, left, laughs with Carol Burnett on March 19, 1978.

"The love he gave us, and the laughter he gave the world will never be replaced, but will be remembered forever", Kelly Conway said in a statement.

After his discharge from the military, Conway started his show business career by writing promotional spots for local television and radio in Cleveland, OH.

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.

In 1962, Tim was snagged to play Ensign Charles Parker on the popular wartime sitcom McHale's Navy, which lasted six seasons and sailed Tim to television stardom.

In later years, the actor had success as the title character in the Dorf series of comedy films and provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. So, he became Tim Conway.

"Delighting generations is a pretty good legacy for any entertainer", added sci-fi author John Scalzi, who came to know Conway's work through "SpongeBob Squarepants".

Conway's six-decade career included roles on Newhart; Married...

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