Tim Conway, Comedian and Actor, Loses Battle After a Long Illness

Tim Conway appears on NBC News'

Tim Conway appears on NBC News'"Today show

The actor died at 8:45 a.m. after a long bout with illness, Conway's daughter Kelly, confirmed in a press release Tuesday morning.

The cause of Conway's death was not publicized, but he reportedly suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus without signs of dementia or Alzheimer's. The series was the first in a string of self-titled shows, including The Tim Conway Comedy Hour and The Tim Conway Show, the latter of which was a variety sketch series that aired from 1980 until 1981. The ensemble cast surrounding the redheaded star included Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. He frequently guest-starred on the most popular shows of the day, including Married with Children and Mad About You. He also won guest actor Emmys for a 1996 appearance on "Coach" and another in 2008 for "30 Rock".

"If there's any reason at all I'm in the business, I think it's Don", Conway once said.

Actors Harvey Korman (L) and Tim Conway pose together as they arrive for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 15th annual Hall of Fame ceremony November 6, 2002 in Beverly Hills.

He enjoyed success in a series of "Dorf" comedy films and appeared in such movies as The Apple Dumpling Gang, Gus and The Shaggy D.A.

Conway, who was born on December 15, 1933, grew up near Cleveland and after serving in the Army worked in Cleveland radio and developed comedy routines.

Following the Allen show, Conway gained attention as the incompetent Ensign Charles Parker on the Ernest Borgnine sitcom "McHale's Navy" from 1962-66.

Conway was married twice, first to Mary Anne Dalton, from 1961 to 1978, and then to Charlene Fusco, whom he married in 1984. Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, his six biological children and two granddaughters.

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