Tim Conway
Actor, comedian
Tim Conway
Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway is an Emmy award-winning American comedian and actor, who has worked in sitcoms, sketch comedy, and film. Conway is best known for his role in the popular 1960s WWII sitcom McHale's Navy as the inept Ensign Charles Parker, second in command to Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, and for co-starring alongside Carol Burnett on The Carol Burnett Show. He is also known for the voice of Barnacle Boy from the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants
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Conway and Korman's lives in comedy (2002)
CNN - 2 months
In a 2002 interview with CNN's Larry King, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman talk about their long careers in comedy that includes working with the likes of Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks.
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Lincoln-Way union leader: District needs compliance officer
Chicago Times - 5 months
Lincoln-Way High School's teachers union president called on the District 210 school board to hire a full-time person to ensure it is meeting state and federal deadlines. Speaking at a recent board meeting, Lincoln-Way Education Association president Tim Conway said, "there is a long list of incidents...
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Carol Burnett: In Such Good Company. A Review Without Having Read The Book.
Huffington Post - 6 months
Growing up in the seventies wasn’t all bad. Aside from the fact most of us now need the flashlight on our phones to read the ingredients in an energy bar, and we have no idea how to use Instagram, we can be comforted by one totally awesome perk: we got to watch The Carol Burnett Show as it happened. If you’re young enough to never have used the light on your phone as a reading aid, then I definitely pity you, as all you probably know of Carol Burnett comes from those late night thirty minute infomercials highlighting the dozens upon dozens of classic moments of her now legendary variety show.  For eleven hilarious seasons, from 1967-1978, Ms. Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner gave us some of the most side-splitting and over-the-top funny sketch comedy television has ever seen.  However, the brilliance and once-in-a-lifetime chemistry of the actors aside, what made this show so truly special, IMO, was the selflessness of each performer and h ...
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Jim Conway, early Chicago TV and radio personality, dies at 94
Chicago Times - about 1 year
A versatile broadcaster on Chicago's TV and radio stations from the 1940s through the '70s, Jim Conway co-anchored the first half-hour nightly news show on WGN-Ch. 9 and hosted the first local morning talk show on WLS-Ch. 7. "He was one of the great talents of Chicago broadcasting," said retired...
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Comic Tim Conway on why he doesn't like young comedians
USA Today - over 3 years
The six-time Emmy winner has written a memoir about his 50 years in show business.
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During Hard Times, a Little Humor
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Comedian Tim Conway talks about moving from place to place during the Depression, when he and his parents for a time lived in a two-car garage with a hot plate.
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Wall Street Journal article
'What's So Funny': Tim Conway says today's TV depresses him in new memoir
Fox News - over 3 years
The term "living legend" could easily be applied to Tim Conway. The elfin comedian has been making people laugh for over 50 years.
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The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Having sneaked backstage at a C.W. Post College concert on Long Island in 1979, my buddies and I furtively moved around the backstage area, not wanting to attract any attention and look like we belonged. We did not want to get kicked out. Trying to appear as if we were deep in appropriate backstage conversation, we looked over and there was the target of our admiration and backstage list shenanigans, Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) on a pay phone, deep in conversation. He wore the hat, slung low over his eyes and when he finally hung up (it seemed like forever as we waited) and walked our way, his sparkly eyes fixed upon us and he said, "How y'all?" We chattered like excited schoolgirls in his wake and to this day, have a story for the ages. There are lots of grizzled rock 'n rollers like me with stories like that about Stevie Ray. He was that kind of guitarist: part Hendrix, part Clapton, part B.B. King and had oh so many influences. Jeff Beck, Albert King, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, ...
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Tim Conway still making America laugh
Fox News - over 3 years
Comedian pens new memoir
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ArtsBeat: Stars of 'The Carol Burnett Show' Reuniting on SiriusXM
NYTimes - over 4 years
Carol Burnett and her co-stars Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway will take part in a town hall event for SiriusXM radio hosted by Amy Schumer.
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KFI Radio Host Tim Conway, Jr. to MC Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s Day at the Races At Del Mar Race Track Sunday, July 29, 2012
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The Lung Cancer Foundation of America's unique “Day at the Races” event, the only event of its kind in the USA to support lung cancer research, will take place at Del Mar Race Track on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 1 PM - 6:30 PM. Popular KFI AM 640 Talk Radio Host and horse racing enthusiast, Tim Conway, Jr., will MC, helping to bring attention to Lung Cancer, the USA’s number one cancer killer for both men and women. The day will feature a special “Breath Of Life” race to support lung cancer research and help educate the public about this disease. ...
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‘I’m A Lucky Person With MS’: Frankfort Runner Sets Sights on Raising Money for a Cure
Frankfort Patch - almost 5 years
Sylvia Kemp places her hands firmly on a wooden table, and braces as she stands up carefully. Her walk is slow, but her strides are calculated and with confidence, as she approaches a familiar face at Tribes Alehouse in Mokena. She’s on a first name basis with the staff there. She’s on a first name basis with nearly everyone she meets within a few minutes. “You have two choices. Live or don’t,” said Kemp. “Life’s not a multiple choice situation, and I have too much to do.” READ: Marathoner Runs Boston Marathon to Fight Cancer In the past year, the 48-year-old from Frankfort has started a multiple sclerosis support group at St. James Hospital, raised $150,000 at a single auction event for the facility and raised more than $18,000 for Walk MS in Orland Park and other areas on Sunday—all while she faced serious health challenges brought by the disease. “When you plug a lamp into the wall, imagine the outside of the wire is myelin and the inside wires are nerves,” Kemp said, ab ...
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A Really Important Santa Anita Derby
Arcadia Patch - almost 5 years
Saturday could mark a turning point for both Santa Anita Park and Arcadia’s economy. This city has relied on the legendary racetrack to draw consumers and provide tax revenue since it first opened on Christmas Day in 1934. It’s no secret the track has been facing economic difficulties and declining attendance in recent years. On top of that came negative newspaper stories in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times about horse deaths following the cancellation of the HBO series Luck following three horse fatalities during filming at Santa Anita. Santa Anita owner brought in successful Southern California entrepreneur Mark Verge last month and made him the CEO. His orders were to bring in more people, and thus more money. The big test is Saturday, when the 75th running of the historic Santa Anita Derby will take place. Not only will the winner of the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds become one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby on May 5, the size of the crowd will det ...
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Tim Conway and Friends return to Sarasota
Bradenton - about 5 years
Multiple Emmy-award winning comedian <a class="fplink fp-268246" href="/tim+conway+1">Tim Conway</a> has been making the masses laugh since appearing in the popular World War II sitcom “McHale’s Navy” in the 1960s. He then did his most famous and funny work on “The Carol Burnett Show.” In recent years, Conway has made memorable appearances on the hit show “30 Rock,” for which he won the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Conway’s performance at the Van Wezel will co-star Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt.
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Myles L. Berman Announces Sponsorship of Tim Conway Jr. on KFI AM 640
Yahoo News - about 5 years
Myles L. Berman will once again be sponsoring the nightly show with <a class="fplink fp-268246" href="/tim+conway">Tim Conway</a>, Jr.Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 12, 2012 Myles L. Berman will once again be sponsoring the nightly show with <a class="fplink fp-268246" href="/tim+conway">Tim Conway</a>, Jr., this time on KFI AM 640, More Stimulating Talk Radio, one of the number one news/talk radio stations in the country. Famous for providing Southern California with a wide variety of entertaining topics, Conway currently hosts a show weekdays between 7-10pm. ...
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'Dearly Beloved' to open at Playhouse - Murray Ledger and Times
Google News - over 5 years
O&#39;Neill said he was inspired by the comic timing of “The Carol Burnett Show,” and even asked Mercadante, who plays a character named Wiley Hicks, to watch some clips of Tim Conway&#39;s performances on Youtube. “He came back and said &#39;That guy&#39;s funny!
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Washington Life Center seniors star in annual variety show - New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
The girls say their biggest influences are Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Carol Burnett, with a little sprinkling of Rowan and Martin&#39;s Laugh-In thrown in. The seniors at the WLC use all their skills to make the Off Our Rockers Show enjoyable and
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Dyslexia Association completes 22 years of teacher training - Trinidad Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Dr Tim Conway in discussion with teachers on the Dyslexia Association LiPS Course last month. “I wish I had done this course five years ago when I first started teaching. As a young teacher, I often go home at the end of the day feeling I have failed
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tim Conway
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 80
    Interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on his EWTN program The World Over on October 2, 2014, Conway revealed that he had converted to the Catholic faith.
    More Details Hide Details On June 6, 7 and 8, 2010, Conway came back to his hometown of Chagrin Falls to put on a fund-raising performance at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre to help kick off their capital campaign. He is a spokesperson for the United Leukodystrophy Foundation. A fan of thoroughbred horse racing, and an occasional racehorse owner, Conway is a co-founder and vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund.
    Continuing their success, Murena cast Conway as Professor VanVanGuard in his award winning first feature film in 2014 called, Chip & Bernie's Zomance, with Conway adding his unique humor to this zombie film.
    More Details Hide Details Conway first pitched the idea of Ernie Anderson and him doing a late night show together in Cleveland during the 1960s and that is where Rose Marie found Conway and got him a role on The Steve Allen Show. Before that, the duo recorded two comedy albums together: Are We On? (1966) and Bull (1967). Anderson turned to doing voiceovers after Conway moved on, but their collaborations continued with Conway's string of shows and Anderson's career as "The Voice of ABC". Anderson performed on sketches and was the voiceover talent for The Carol Burnett Show. teaming the pair together. Anderson become a cult icon in Cleveland as the character Ghoulardi during his own late night television show, where he showed horror B movies to viewers. In 2013, Conway went to the Ghoulardi Fest to promote his book and show his love for his friend Anderson.
    In 2014 he played Professor VanVanguard, a knowledgeable character of the lives, characteristics and treating of zombies in the award winning feature film "Chip & Bernie's Zomance".
    More Details Hide Details Conway has collaborated with some of the funniest and most talented people in Hollywood and has kept long time collaborations with many of them. Conway met Harvey Korman during his first appearance on The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, where the two men immediately became friends and started a lifetime of working together until Korman's death in 2008. One of their most famous sketches was from The Carol Burnett Show called "The Dentist Sketch." In this sketch, Korman goes to the just-graduated dentist Conway for a toothache. Conway proceeds to remove Korman's tooth, but before he can inject the novocaine into Korman, he injects it into himself causing his head, hand and leg to go numb. Korman and Conway performed together for 10 years on The Carol Burnett Show before Korman left to pursue his own show. Korman joined Conway on Conway's shows and then later on in the 1986 film The Longshot, which Conway wrote for the two men. Conway also wrote the direct-to-video films Tim and Harvey in The Great Outdoors and Together Again with Tim and Harvey, which the comedy pair starred in together. The DVD Together Again with Tim and Harvey was a recording of their touring stage show that ran over 10 years to sold out markets until Korman's death in 2008. Conway has referred to Korman as, "The smartest man I knew but couldn't tie his shoelaces".
  • 2012
    Age 78
    In 2012-13 he voiced the character 'Mulch' in DreamWorks' "Dragons:Riders of Berk" series.
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  • 2008
    Age 74
    On his 75th birthday in 2008, Conway was interviewed as a guest on The Bonnie Hunt Show and given a surprise cake by Bob Newhart.
    More Details Hide Details He starred in Disney films such as The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), Gus (1976) and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979). He starred in the 1977 comedy film The Billion Dollar Hobo. Conway also co-starred with Don Knotts in The Prize Fighter (1979) and The Private Eyes (1980). Conway also appeared with Dick Martin in Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) as Fred Davis, the main announcer for the Timberwolves' final game, with Martin as his co-announcer, Phil Phil. Conway and Harvey Korman created a Collector's Edition DVD of new comedy sketches, titled Together Again; sold through Conway's official website and produced by Pasquale Murena.
  • 2007
    Age 73
    In 2007, he hosted "Thou Shalt Laugh 2: The Deuce", a collection of Christian stand-up comedians.
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  • 2003
    Age 69
    Starting in 2003, Conway teamed up with good friend Don Knotts again to provide voices for the direct-to-video children's series Hermie and Friends, which continued until Knotts' death in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Conway continued to do the series.
  • 2002
    Age 68
    In 2002, Conway was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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  • 1996
    Age 62
    He guest-starred in ABC's Coach, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series playing Kenny Montague in the 1996 episode "The Gardener".
    More Details Hide Details Conway won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Bucky Bright in the 30 Rock episode "Subway Hero", which initially aired on April 17, 2008. His other TV roles include: He has lent his voice to other TV shows including The Simpsons, Disney spin-off Hercules, Lloyd in Space, The Wild Thornberrys, Cybill, What's New, Scooby-Doo? The Proud Family, Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Caillou and What's with Andy? He also narrated The Secret Shortcut in Reading Rainbow and hosted The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 56
    Dorf also appeared on an episode of Tim Conways Funny America in the summer of 1990, leading an aerobics class on his impossibly short legs.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2009, Conway's Dorf character has started "helping" Santa Claus on the website iSpotSanta, created by comedy filmmaker Pasquale Murena and Anything Goes Productions. Each year, Dorf has three sketches; in 2009 he tried to give Santa his Christmas list, failing and accidentally hitting Santa with a golf ball. Then in 2010, he tried to give all of the world's letters to Santa directly using jet rockets to fly to his sleigh, cannonballs and more. Conway has also made many guest appearances and other roles in television.
    In the summer of 1990, he starred in Tim Conway's Funny America, playing pranks in disguise on unsuspecting passersby around the United States while hidden cameras recorded the results, which Conway presented to a studio audience; it, too, lasted only a few weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Conway's more recent work includes a series of satirical how-to videos in which he plays a diminutive, dark-haired Scandinavian known as Dorf (a variation on "dwarf"), reprising his goofy Mr. Tudball accent. The Dorf character first appeared in the 1987 film Dorf on Golf and has since appeared in eight other films on a variety of sports from baseball to auto racing. Dorf on Golf was remastered for DVD in 2007. In 2010, all of the Dorf films were remastered in a DVD Collection featuring all eight films, a behind-the-scenes with Dorf, and a commentary track by Tim Conway on "The Legend of the Paddle: The Oldie Hollis Story".
  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 49
    In the spring of 1983, Conway starred in another situation comedy, Ace Crawford, Private Eye; a spoof of detective shows, it lasted only a month.
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  • 1980
    Age 46
    Former Burnett cast member Harvey Korman also became a Tim Conway Show regular in late 1980, after having earlier made guest appearances on the show, as had Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence.
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    It aired on CBS, as his previous shows had, and debuted on March 22, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details It was originally a full hour, but was reduced to half an hour in summer 1980. It lasted longer than any of his earlier self-titled series, ending in August 1981. The format was similar to that of The Carol Burnett Show, with several regular cast members performing in comedy sketches, interspersed with the occasional musical performance by a guest musician. Among the regulars in the cast were Maggie Roswell, Miriam Flynn, Eric Boardman, Jack Riley and Dick Orkin.
    In 1980, Conway again was given his own one-hour variety program, titled The Tim Conway Show (the title that was previously used for his 1970 sitcom).
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  • 1978
    Age 44
    Conway remained a regular cast member of The Carol Burnett Show until the program's run ended, in 1978.
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  • 1975
    Age 41
    Starting with the 1975–76 season, Conway became a regular on The Carol Burnett Show.
    More Details Hide Details Conway's work on the show earned him five Emmy Awards. Two of Conway's memorable characters on the Burnett Show were: Conway could also get results with no dialogue, as in a sketch in which he played a tired businessman seeking restful sleep in his hotel — and pestered by a housefly, created only by a sound effect and Conway's gazing after it. After much struggle, he manages to get the fly out of the room through the window; after returning to bed, he hears a persistent knock on his door, gets up to answer it, and opens the door, letting the fly (who was doing the knocking) back in. Another well-remembered skit, also without a word from Conway, featured him playing Simba, a lion raised by humans then released to the wild (based on the lioness Elsa in the film Born Free). Conway, told of the upcoming eviction from the comfortable home, caused Burnett and Harvey Korman to break up with an interminable process of packing to leave.
    Beginning in 1975 Conway was often paired with Don Knotts in family films from Disney, including The Apple Dumpling Gang and its 1979 sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.
    More Details Hide Details They also starred in two independent films, a boxing comedy called The Prize Fighter in 1979, and a 1980 mystery comedy film called The Private Eyes. In 1983, he starred in another TV show, Ace Crawford, Private Eye, a parody of detective series; it lasted only five episodes.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 36
    In 1970, The Tim Conway Show paired Conway with Joe Flynn of McHale's Navy in a sitcom as owner-pilots of a one-plane (a Beechcraft Model 18 named Lucky Linda) airline operated by the pair. Having "nowhere to run", this pressurized situation was ideal for the fast repartee of the lead actors. It debuted in January 1970, and the last new show aired in June 1970.
    More Details Hide Details In the fall of the same year, Conway was given his own hour-long variety show, The Tim Conway Comedy Hour or The Tim Conway Comedy House, which, as his other series had, folded quickly, lasting only 13 weeks. Typical of his self-effacing humor, he ordered his car's license plate to reflect the short duration of the series: "13 WKS". (Conway was given another one-hour variety show ten years later, which revived the title The Tim Conway Show; see later section.)
  • 1969
    Age 35
    Even though Conway was listed only as a guest star on the pilot, which ABC broadcast on February 5, 1969, it was the only episode that ever aired.
    More Details Hide Details Turn-On was so far ahead of its time in terms of comedic treatment of sexuality that the show received enough immediate, negative reaction to force several ABC affiliates, including WEWS in Conway's hometown of Cleveland, to refuse to return to the program after the first commercial break. WEWS management also sent an angrily worded telegram to the network's headquarters. Many West Coast affiliates received advance warning and refused to air the show. Conway remarked that the show's premiere party he attended also marked the program's cancellation party, but ABC did not officially cancel the program for several days.
  • 1967
    Age 33
    Afterwards, he starred in a string of short-lived TV series, starting with 1967's Rango which starred Conway as an incompetent Texas Ranger.
    More Details Hide Details Conway was part of one of the most infamous network TV programming catastrophes ever: Turn-On, a counter-cultural sketch comedy show on ABC was derided as a ripoff of NBC's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Ironically Turn-On was created and directed by Laugh-In's creator George Schlatter.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 28
    WJW dismissed Conway in 1962, in part because he (and Anderson) misled station management into thinking he had experience as a director.
    More Details Hide Details Because of this move, which deprived Anderson of his co-host and comic foil, the station asked Anderson if he could host a B-grade (and lower) horror film show on Friday nights instead. Conway continued to make many appearances alongside Anderson's alter ego Ghoulardi, in addition to "Big Chuck" Schodowski, a station engineer who Anderson got to assume much of Conway's sidekick status (and who ultimately succeeded Anderson as co-host of the horror film program). After he became famous, Conway resurfaced periodically on Cleveland television on the Hoolihan and Big Chuck and Big Chuck and Lil' John shows on WJW-TV in guest spots, and occasional skits. Conway has since made regular guest appearances at numerous "Ghoulardifest" functions held by WJW over the years, along with former Cleveland TV personality Bob "Hoolihan" Wells, in tribute to Anderson, who died in 1997. Comedic actress Rose Marie visited WJW in 1961, as part of CBS's promotional practice of sending their major show stars directly to local affiliates: in this case, it was for The Dick Van Dyke Show. She viewed tapes of some of Anderson and Conway's skits and proceeded to take Conway under her wing. Following his departure from WJW, Conway moved to New York City; where, with Rose Marie's assistance, he auditioned for, and gained a spot on, ABC's The Steve Allen Show as a regular player. Conway (who by this point had officially changed his first name to Tim) continued on the show for two seasons.
  • 1961
    Age 27
    Conway has been married twice. He was married to Mary Anne Dalton from 1961 until 1978.
    More Details Hide Details They had six children together. He has been married to Charlene Fusco since May 18, 1984. Among Tim Conway's children is KFI Los Angeles radio host Tim Conway, Jr.
  • 1958
    Age 24
    After leaving the Army, Conway moved back to Cleveland to work with Ernie Anderson on KYW-TV, an NBC affiliate, in 1958 and 1959 and later, from 1960 to 1962, on WJW-TV (then a CBS affiliate, now a Fox affiliate) on a weekday morning film (under the Ernie's Place banner), where he also wrote material for the comedic skits shown in between film intermissions.
    More Details Hide Details Conway also recorded a comedy album with Anderson, who himself gained national prominence as a voiceover announcer for ABC Television in the 1970s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on December 15, 1933.
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