LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Parents Television Council says it has presented U.S. actor and comedian Tim Conway with its PTC Integrity in Entertainment Award.
The organization said the prize 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."
Conway is also a PTC advisory board member.
"Tim epitomizes the very best in the entertainment industry. He has demonstrated a lifelong 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," PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement Thursday.
"I am grateful to receive this honor from the Parents Television Council," added 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."
The 76-year-old Ohio native is best known for his work on TV's "The Steve Allen Show," "McHale's Navy" and "The Carol Burnett Show." Conway also starred in a series of his own TV shows and has won five Emmy Awards for acting and one for writing.