LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2010) – The Parents Television Council® presented Actor Tim Conway with its “PTC Integrity in Entertainment Award,” which recognizes those individuals and corporations who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to creating, distributing and sponsoring quality entertainment that is free from graphic and gratuitous sex, violence and profanity. Mr. Conway is also a PTC Advisory Board member.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to recognize Tim Conway with the PTC’s ‘Integrity in Entertainment’ Award. Tim epitomizes the very best in the entertainment industry. He has demonstrated a life-long commitment to entertaining mass audiences – including parents and families – in a manner that allows everyone to enjoy his comedic genius without fear of shocking, inappropriate or indecent content. That is the mark of a brilliant entertainer. We are grateful to Tim and we are proud to honor him in this manner,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“I am grateful to receive this honor from the Parents Television Council,” said Mr. Conway. “[Former PTC Honorary Chairman] Steve Allen was my inspiration in this business because he represented what I considered good family entertainment. I was delighted when he asked me to be on the advisory board of the PTC. I was honored, but I told Steve that, when it comes to throwing stones at people who abuse ‘family entertainment,’ I shouldn't even be allowed near the rock pile. Steve said, ‘We’re not going to be throwing stones or burning books, we're just going to try and get the industry to consider the needs of families and encourage writers and producers to fill that need with entertainment programming the entire family can enjoy together.’ Then he smacked me and said, ‘Snap out of it.’ I got up and said, ‘I'm in.’ And I'm glad I am.”
Mr. Conway is known to his peers as “the comedian’s comedian,” and is widely considered one of the funniest men performing today. Born in Willoughby, Ohio, he had a fast rise to fame in show business from staff member of a Cleveland TV station to star of television, stage and screen.
Mr. Conway became a regular on “The Steve Allen Show,” a favorite co-star on “McHale’s Navy,” and eventually a regular performer on “The Carol Burnett Show.” Tim starred in a series of his own TV shows and has won five Emmy Awards for acting and one for writing.
His movies include The World’s Greatest Athlete, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Dear God, The Longshot, The Billion Dollar Hobo, They Went That Way and That Way, The Prizefighter, The Private Eyes. Mr. Conway has also been inducted into the TV Hall of Fame and received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989, in addition to being actively involved in several charities.
Past winners of the “PTC Integrity in Entertainment Award” include the Hallmark Channel, the J.M. Smucker Company, and legendary entertainer Pat Boone.