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 Posted:   Jun 2, 2019 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Tim Conway spent the next two decades primarily appearing in made-for-video fare (he was the voice of “Hermie” the caterpillar in a long-running series of animated videos), and doing voice-over work for such cartoon series as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” on which he played “Barnacle Boy”.

One of his last major on-screen roles was an appearance in a 2010 episode of the crime series “C.S.I.” In a semi-comic subplot in the episode “Take My Life, Please”, a comic who was one-half of a legendary Vegas duo from the 1970s is found dead on the eve of their reunion show. Conway plays the other half of the duo, “Knuckles Pratt”. His wife, “Terpsie Pratt,” is played by Jennifer Tilly. The episode was directed by Martha Coolidge (VALLEY GIRL, RAMBLING ROSE).

Jennifer Tilly, Paul Guilfoyle, and Tim Conway in “C.S.I.: Take My Life, Please”

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2019 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Tim Conway credited Ernest Borgnine as his favorite acting mentor and best friend. In their later years, they did “SpongeBob SquarePants” together, with Borgnine voicing the character of “Mermaid Man.” Conway spoke of his working with Borgnine on “McHale’s Navy”: “Ernie was sensational. I mean, here's an Oscar-winner, dealing with a guy who should be in Cleveland. And to go from MARTY (1955) to FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) and BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955), I mean, it’s the Alpha-Omega of acting. And here's me, who didn't know anything about this. So, one day I thought I would impress Ernie and show that I know what I'm doing. Before we're doing a shot, I said, ‘Ernie, what is my motivation in this particular scene?' He said, ‘If you don't get this shot by 5 PM, I'm going to kick you in the ass.’ So that was my acting lesson; and that's the only one I've ever had.”

Conway was also good friends with Harvey Korman, with whom he toured for several years in a comedy act. Said Conway “Harvey was one of the brightest people I've ever met, but the man could not tie his own shoes. He looked at life from an entirely different angle. I would put him on constantly. We were on an airplane one time, coming back [to Los Angeles] from New York, and we had to land in Arizona to refuel. We were taxiing out to the next runway, and I said to Harvey, ‘I don't know if the guy put the gas cap back on. It was on the wing and now it's not.’ Harvey got worried. So he got up and went to the pilot and said, ‘Your gas cap is not on.’ And the pilot just looked at him. There is no gas cap!”

Conway received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6740 Hollywood Boulevard on February 9, 1989. Thanks Tim, for all the laughs.




Tim Conway and Flip Wilson



Don Knotts and Tim Conway






Jack Weston, Tim Conway, and Ted Wass



Tim Conway and Ernest Borgnine



Larry David, Tim Conway, and David Steinberg






Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, and Vicki Lawrence



Tim Conway and Carol Burnett

 
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