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Jeff Conaway obituary

29 May 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known as John Travolta's sidekick Kenickie in Grease, and Bobby Wheeler in the Us sitcom Taxi

In the late 1970s and early 80s, Taxi was one of the best American sitcoms. It won 18 Emmy awards and its stars, among them Jeff Conaway, who has died in hospital aged 60, became household names. Conaway played the narcissistic, "resting" actor Bobby Wheeler, one of the characters working for the Sunshine cab company, all hoping for better jobs to turn up. In a way, the role mirrored Conaway's own struggle for greater recognition as an actor, which was not helped by his having been addicted to alcohol, cocaine and analgesics since he was a teenager.

In Taxi, the handsome Conaway , sporting the feathered hairstyle popular in the 1970s, had to compete with more fascinating characters in the avuncular Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch), obnoxious Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito), sexy divorcee Elaine »

- Ronald Bergan

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Jeff Conaway obituary

29 May 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known as John Travolta's sidekick Kenickie in Grease, and Bobby Wheeler in the Us sitcom Taxi

In the late 1970s and early 80s, Taxi was one of the best American sitcoms. It won 18 Emmy awards and its stars, among them Jeff Conaway, who has died in hospital aged 60, became household names. Conaway played the narcissistic, "resting" actor Bobby Wheeler, one of the characters working for the Sunshine cab company, all hoping for better jobs to turn up. In a way, the role mirrored Conaway's own struggle for greater recognition as an actor, which was not helped by his having been addicted to alcohol, cocaine and analgesics since he was a teenager.

In Taxi, the handsome Conaway , sporting the feathered hairstyle popular in the 1970s, had to compete with more fascinating characters in the avuncular Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch), obnoxious Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito), sexy divorcee Elaine »

- Ronald Bergan

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Rip Kenickie, Jeff Conaway dies aged 60

28 May 2011 7:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jeff Conaway

We always hate to post these types of news post on The Hollywood News, but it is with great sadness today that we report the passing of Jeff Conaway,  he who immortalised the character of Kenickie in Grease all of the way back in 1978. The actor passed away at the Encino Tarzana Medical Center in California following an apparent drug overdose. He was just sixty years old.

Conaway lit up the screen as Kenickie in the iconic movie set in a 1950′s high school opposite screen legends John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, but the part, possibly his most well known, was not his first. In fact, Conaway started acting at the age of just two years old on Broadway, appearing in the play ‘All The Way Home.’ Film and TV parts followed with the actor appearing on Barnaby Jones and in the classic 1960′s set high school show Happy Days. »

- Paul Heath

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'Taxi' actor Jeff Conaway dead at 60

27 May 2011 1:08 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Sad news today as actor Jeff Conaway has died from complications from pneumonia and sepsis, after being placed in a medically-induced coma. Conaway was 60 years-old when he died. Conaway was a staple of 1970s sitcom "Taxi," playing the street savvy charismatic taxicab driver Bobby Wheeler, along with Christopher Lloyd, Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza, Danny DeVito and the late Andy Kaufman. He also appeared in "Grease" with Olivia Newton-John. Conaway came from an acting family and won his first role he auditioned for which was a Broadway play called "All The Way Home", starring Lillian Gish, Colleen Dewhurst and Arthur Hill. Conaway, who had a history of chemical addictions, was hospitalized earlier this month after »

- April MacIntyre

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Jeff Conaway Dies at Age 60

27 May 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jeff Conaway, the long-troubled actor from Grease and TV's Taxi who waged a public battle with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, died Friday at age 60. The Celebrity Rehab alum had been in a medically induced coma in critical condition after he was found unconscious earlier this month. "Our beloved client Jeff Conaway passed away at 10:30 a.m.," his manager, Phil Brock, Tweeted. "We loved him as a person, respected him as an artist and he will be always remembered."Dr. Drew Pinsky, who had seen Conaway during the recent hospitalization, said the actor had suffered pneumonia and the effects of too much prescription medication. »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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