Actor and comedy legend Tim Conway left this world much too soon in the spring of 2019. Unfortunately, his final years were marked by the diagnosis of a brain disorder and a messy legal battle between his daughter and her stepmother for the role of his caretaker. Tim Conway’s daughter, Kelly Conway, delves into all the good, the bad, and the ugly with her latest memoir titled “My Dad’s Funnier than Your Dad: Growing Up with Tim Conway in the Funniest House of America.”
The book is set to hit the shelves on December 30th and gives fans an inside look into their family like never before. One of the most wholesome reveals has to do with what her father might have pursued if his acting career didn’t take off. Any guesses?
Tim Conway Used to Dream of a Simple Life as a Handyman
Outsiders tend to have a soft spot for classic TV and sitcoms. That means you’ve probably heard of Tim Allen’s “Home Improvement.” Well, according to Kelly Conway, Tim Conway wanted nothing more than a lifestyle similar to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s. In speaking to Fox she revealed:
“He always said that if show business didn’t work out for him, he would go back to working at a hardware store. And it wasn’t his dream to be in the TV business. He was just happy doing radio… He stayed out in LA and made a career out of it. Even when he became well-established, my grandmother would tell him, ‘You could have owned a hardware store by now.’ He would tell her, ‘Mom, I have a job and it’s in LA. But it’s a good backup, so thanks, mom.'”
How His Legacy Spans Across Several Generations
Tim Conway took on a variety of roles during his time in the entertainment business. Adults mainly remember him for his work on Carol Burnett’s variety show. On the other hand, kids know him best as “Barnacle Boy” from the famed “SpongeBob SquarePants” series on Nickelodeon.
He remained humble throughout his career and, according to Kelly, his parenting too. She didn’t even realize how big of a star he was growing up.
“I think it took a while for me to realize it because we grew up in Encino, which in the ‘70s was so far away from the city of Los Angeles. We were normal neighbors with a normal upbringing. Both of my parents are from the Midwest, so we were raised as if we were still there. No one treated me differently. I knew my dad had a job that made him happy and it was good. We had some celebrity friends, but we treated them like family.”