Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
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This is the page about the voice of Barnacle Boy. For other uses, see Tim (disambiguation).

Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway (December 15, 1933May 14, 2019; aged 85) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants, usually alongside Ernest Borgnine, who was the original voice actor of Mermaid Man, until his death. Both characters stopped having speaking roles in the show after "Patrick-Man!"[1] Tim Conway also voiced one of the talking seagulls in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

On May 14, 2019, he died at the age of 85 from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus.[2][3]

The 2020 video game Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated uses archival recordings of Tim Conway's voice that he provided as Barnacle Boy and marks his first posthumous role.


Conway was born Thomas Daniel Conway in Willoughby, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up in nearby Chagrin Falls, the son of Sophia Murgoiu and Daniel Conway, a groomer for polo ponies. His father, who immigrated to the United States in 1927, was born in Ireland to Scottish parents and his mother was a first-generation Romanian-American. His legal name was Thomas, though he was also referred to as Toma, the Romanian language analog, and was typically known as Tom; he changed his stage name to Tim near the beginning of his acting career (quipping that he "dotted the O") to avoid confusion with actor Tom Conway.

Conway attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he majored in television and radio and was a disc jockey, and member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. When he graduated, Conway enlisted in the United States Army, where he served between 1956 and 1958.

He is best known for his appearances in McHale's Navy and The Carol Burnett Show, as the titular character in Dorf, and Sniffer in most of the Air Buddies film franchise, replacing Don Knotts from the first film.

In 1973, Conway guest-starred in The New Scooby Doo Movies, voicing himself in the episode "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show."

Conway lent his voice to other television shows including The Simpsons, the Disney spin-off Hercules, Lloyd in Space, The Wild Thornberrys, Cybill, The Proud Family, WordGirl, 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.

From 2003 to 2010, Conway starred as Hermie in Max Lucado's animated video series, Hermie and Friends.


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