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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameJeffery Charles William Michael Conaway
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jeff Conaway was born on October 5, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA as Jeffery Charles William Michael Conaway. He was an actor, known for Grease (1978), Taxi (1978) and Babylon 5 (1993). He was married to Kerri Young and Rona Newton-John. He died on May 27, 2011 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Kerri Young (17 August 1990 - 2000) ( divorced)
Rona Newton-John (9 January 1980 - 1985) ( divorced)
? (1972 - 1973) ( annulled)

Trade Mark (4)

New York Accent
Frequently playing emotional, quiet, still and nervous characters when offered a role.
Bright Blonde Surfer Thick Hair
Blonde Hair and Blue eyes

Trivia (17)

He is a middle child and is survived by two sisters, Carla Shreve and his younger sister, Michele Conaway.
Stepfather of Emerson Newton-John, a professional race car driver born in 1974. Emerson's mother is Rona Newton-John, sister of singer Olivia Newton-John.
Is a (step)grandfather (grandson Brin born January 1997). (Admitted this on NBC's Later (1994), July 6/98, with guest host Rita Sever). Also has a granddaughter, Valerie.
While filming Grease (1978), had to walk slightly stooped so John Travolta would appear taller.
Though he played Kenickie in the movie version of Grease (1978), he appeared in the Broadway production as Danny Zuko.
Appeared in an episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984) ("Birds of a Feather") as an Off-Broadway actor from New York who had been "mostly a cab driver" - a reference to his role in the TV series, Taxi (1978).
Saw an episode of Babylon 5 (1993) on TV and liked it so much he went down to the production studio to see the show being filmed. He was spotted and used for a bit part, which grew into a recurring character and, eventually, a full-time role in the series.
Was an acting teacher and coach, with his students including James Evans , Joey Sylvester and Najarra Townsend.
Having struggled with addiction for many years, Jeff had been trying to treat himself with pain killers and cold medicine in May, 2011. He was found unconscious in his home on May 11, 2011. He remained in a coma until his family terminated life support on May 27, 2011.
Played guitar and sang lead as a teenager for a rock band called "The 3 1/2". The band released four singles for Cameo Records in 1966 and 1967, one of which was produced and written by Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits.
He studied for a year at the North Carolina School of the Arts and transferred to New York University in New York City.
He is survived by his girlfriend of seven years, Victoria Spinoza; his two sisters, Michele Conaway and Carla Conaway; a stepson, Emerson Newton-John and two step-grandchildren.
Although he struggled with addiction problems throughout most of his adult life, many of Conaway's coworkers said he was always the consummate professional on the job. After Conaway's death, fellow Babylon 5 (1993) star, Bruce Boxleitner, stated publicly that he had never seen Conaway in any state but sober at work, and always arrived on-time and prepared.
Ex-stepfather of Tottie Goldsmith.
Took place in the documentary, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008), alongside Mary Carey, Chyna, Jaimee Foxworth, Brigitte Nielsen, Jessica Sierra, Daniel Baldwin and Ricco Rodriguez. [January 2008]
Grease was the film on which actor Jeff Conaway became addicted to drugs. While playing Kenickie, he was shooting the "Greased Lightning" musical number, and he was accidentally dropped, hurting his back. He started taking pain killers, eventually then abusing prescription drugs, starting Conaway on the downward spiral into drug addiction until he died in 2011 at age 60.
He personally despised "Taxi" co-star Andy Kaufman more than anyone. At the Golden Globes, he punched Kaufman in the face believing Andy thought he was better than the rest of his co-stars. After that, Kaufman never participated in any of the other cast-and-crew get-togethers ever again.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on his suicide attempts]: I've tried to commit suicide 21 times. Mostly, it's been with pills.
[on leaving Taxi (1978)]: In 'Taxi,' I kept doing the same scene for three years. I was underused.
[on Mickey Rourke's comeback]: Hollywood can be a very stinging town. They say it's a forgiving business. It's not that forgiving.
[A 1981 interview, on Jesus Christ being the role that he would most like to play and why he felt that it did little for other actors' careers] That's because Jesus has never been played right. They always leave out that he was a man. I'm a Christian. I was brought up a Catholic. Then I began wondering and wandering. But I'm still a Christian.

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