Tim Conway, 84, one of the exemplary comedians that made up the cast of the comedy gold-standard that was The Carol Burnett Show, is suffering from dementia, according to his daughter. People reports that his daughter Kelly, 56, has petitioned to be appointed as his conservator because Tim’s not doing so well. These stories about the celebrities of yesteryear growing old and suffering horrible ends are just the breakfast your spirit needs on this lovely Sunday, huh?
According to court documents, Kelly says that Tim is now unable to “properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, and clothing” and is “almost entirely unresponsive.” This heartbreak is compounded by an accusation from Kelly that calls to mind the infamous Jean Kasem Vs. Sanity battle of 2014. One bright note is that no one’s corpse is missing yet. *sad-face*
Conway’s daughter is claiming that Tim’s second wife Charlene is trying to move Tim out of “the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at” and stash him in one where he won’t have access to “registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing).”
Kelly is also looking to also be allowed to administer Tim’s medications to him herself. Besides Kelly, Tim has six other children with first wife Mary Anne Dalton.
Tim basically retired from acting and comedy in 2016 due to medical reasons, and was unable to make the 50th anniversary celebration of The Carol Burnett Show in December of last year, according to his Wikipedia page.
Tim’s other claim to fame besides cracking up Harvey Korman during sketches on Carol Burnett was as this character named Dorf. Dorf was Tim Conway as a little person with a Swedish accent trying to learn various sports in a series of movies. He was probably a favorite of your grandpa. They used to peddle Dorf on Golf during late, late night TV so you middle-aged insomniacs will probably remember the commercial and associate it with lack of sleep and the advent of DVDs by mail.