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Tim Conway denies retirement report

Tim Conway won an Emmy for his guest role, shown here with Kenneth the page  (Jack McBrayer) as Bucky Bright, a long-forgotten TV star of the '50s. Best line: He was aimlessly wandering the halls of NBC and bumping into a "gigantic lesbian" then asks, "Who is Conan O'Brien and why is she so sad?"

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Tim Conway won an Emmy for his guest role, shown here with Kenneth the page (Jack McBrayer) as Bucky Bright, a long-forgotten TV star of the '50s. Best line: He was aimlessly wandering the halls of NBC and bumping into a "gigantic lesbian" then asks, "Who is Conan O'Brien and why is she so sad?"

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December

Fans of Tim Conway can relax, no retirement party will be needed anytime soon.

A press release sent out Friday announcing that the veteran funnyman was retiring from performing live and canceling his Florida shows turns out to be incorrect. In fact, the performer who turns 80 on Dec. 15 is still pretty darn busy with a book tour, a TV pilot with Robert Wagner and appearances this week on The Talk and on Conan O’Brien’s talk show on Dec. 12. But at least he's kept his sense of humor about it.

“I have been retired for four hours now and I’m rested. I’m now back from retirement,” Conway quipped in a press release dispelling the retirement talk.

The poor PR folks at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are red-faced but insist the press release was supplied by Conway’s touring agent and said the wording that he “has decided that it’s time to retire” was supplied to them.

In truth, Conway’s manager Roger Neal said Conway is indeed canceling his Florida live shows, originally scheduled for March 22 in Sarasota and March 23 at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall, but that’s just to give the octogenarian some time to rest up after his extensive tour for his book What’s So Funny? that came out in October and is a New York Times bestseller.

"He has boundless energy and is in great health,” Neal said, “but even the energizer bunny needs to rest every once in a while.”

Neal says he has no doubt Conway will return for live shows in Florida in the future.

Conway's first claim to fame was starring in the 1960s World War II situcom McHale's Navy as the inept Ensign Charles Parker, Fun fact: He played opposite Ernest Borgnine, who he was later reuinited with as the voices of Barnacle Boy and Mermaid Man on SpongeBob Squarepants before Borgnine's death in 2012.Voice actor Joe Whyte has since replaced Borgnine.

He became a regular on CBS's The Carol Burnett Show starting in the 1975-76 season where he earned five Emmy Awards.

He has guest-starred on ABC's Coach, for which he received the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series playing Kenny Montague in the 1996 episode "The Gardener" He won another Emmy his guest role as Bucky Bright in the 30 Rock episode "Subway Hero" Most recently he has appeared on Hot in Cleveland, Wizards of Waverly Place, Mike & Molly and Major Crimes.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:17pm]

    

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