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Jeff Conaway

Biography

Actor who have gained recogntition for his jobs in Grease and Taxi cab. He performed Sergeant Zack Allan on Babylon 5 from 1994 to 1999. He went to North Carolina College from the Arts and NY School. He was highlighted on Superstar Rehab with Dr. Drew. He wedded Rona Newton-John in 1980. After their divorce in 1985, he started dating Keri Little. He and Keri had been wedded from 1990 to 2000. He is at Grease with John Travolta.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jeff Conaway
Date Of Birth October 5, 1950
Died May 27, 2011, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.87 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education University of North Carolina School of the Arts, New York University, Quintano School for Young Professionals
Nationality American
Spouse Keri Young, Rona Newton-John
Parents Charles F. Conaway, Helen Conaway
Siblings Michele Conaway, Carla Conaway Shreve
Awards TV Land The Medallion Award, Grease, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You
Movies Grease, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Pete's Dragon, Jawbreaker, Almost Pregnant, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Bikini Summer 2, Babylon 5: The River of Souls, Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, For the Love of It, The Eagle Has Landed, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, Dante's Inferno Animated, Do You Wanna Know a Secret?, Making of a Male Model, Alien Intruder, Jennifer on My Mind, The Sleeping Car, Bay Cove, The Patriot, Curse of the Forty-Niner, Shadow of Doubt, The Banker, LA Goddess, Dante's Inferno: Abandon All Hope, Dark Games, Tale of Two Sisters, Living the Dream, Eye of the Storm, Naked Movie, Total Exposure, A Time To Die, Sunset Strip, The Utah Murder Project, Delta County, U.S.A., Y.M.I., Wrestling, Covergirl, Ladron Thief, Bounty Hunter 2002, Dumb Luck in Vegas, Nashville Grab, Ghost Writer, Mirror Images, In a Moment of Passion, The Biz, Gentlemens Club
TV Shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Fit Club, Babylon 5, Berrenger's, Taxi, Wizards and Warriors, Living in TV Land
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1 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.
2 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]
3 Ex-stepfather of Tottie Goldsmith.
4 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 (1994) 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.
5 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.
6 He studied for a year at the North Carolina School of the Arts and transferred to New York University in New York City.
7 Upon his death, he was cremated.
8 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.
9 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.
10 Was an acting teacher and coach, with his students including James Evans , Joey Sylvester and Najarra Townsend.
11 Saw an episode of Babylon 5 (1994) 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.
12 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).
13 Though he played Kenickie in the movie version of Grease (1978), he appeared in the Broadway production as Danny Zuko.
14 While filming Grease (1978), had to walk slightly stooped so John Travolta would appear taller.
15 Wanted to be an astronaut when he was little.
16 Is a (step)grandfather (grandson Brin born January 1997). (Admitted this on NBC's Later (1994), July 6/98, with guest host Rita Considine). Also has a granddaughter, Valerie.
17 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.
18 He is a middle child and is survived by two sisters, Carla Shreve and his younger sister, Michele Conaway.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Purgatory by Dante 2018 post-production Terraces Introduction (voice)
Inferno by Dante 2017 post-production Circles Introduction (English)
Dark Games 2016 completed Tom Doyle
Dante's Hell Animated 2013 Short Circles Introduction (English version, voice)
Planet Houston 2012 TV Series Scareglow / Additional Characters
Dante's Inferno: Abandon All Hope 2010 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Ladron 2010 Commander Hill
Wrestling 2008 Franklin Conner
The Utah Murder Project 2006 Sheriff Dan Patterson
The John Kerwin Show 2006 TV Series Guest
Living the Dream 2006 Dick
From Behind the Sunflower 2005 Leo
The Pool 2 2005 Agent Frank Gun
The Corner Office 2004 Short Dick
Pan Dulce 2004 Gabriel Levine
Y.M.I. 2004 Digger's Dad
She Spies 2004 TV Series Zachary Mason
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 Jeff Conaway
The Biz 2002 Gavin Elliot
Curse of the Forty-Niner 2002 Reverend Sutter
Dating Service 2001
Do You Wanna Know a Secret? 2001 Agent Owen Sacker
S Club 7 in L.A. 2000 TV Series Jerry Parker
Man on the Moon 1999 Jeff Conaway - 'Taxi' Actor (uncredited)
Jawbreaker 1999 Marcie's Father
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms 1999 TV Movie Zack Allen
Babylon 5 1994-1998 TV Series Zack Allan Zack Allen Security Chief Zack Allen
Babylon 5: The River of Souls 1998 TV Movie Zack Allen
Babylon 5: Thirdspace 1998 TV Movie Zack Allen
Shadow of Doubt 1998 Bixby
The Last Embrace 1997 Jagger
George & Leo 1997 TV Series
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 TV Series Rich Edwards
Hope & Gloria 1995 TV Series Bud Green
Burke's Law 1995 TV Series Dr. Alex Kenyon
Gentlemen's Club 1995 Video
2002: The Rape of Eden 1994 Reverend
Murder, She Wrote 1984-1994 TV Series Howard Griffin / Tom Powell / Nolan Walsh
It's Showtime 1993 Rinaldi
Matlock 1986-1993 TV Series Slick / Waiter / Daniel Ward
Sunset Strip 1993 Tony
L.A. Goddess 1993 Sean
In a Moment of Passion 1993 Werner Soehnen
Alien Intruder 1993 Video Borman
Bikini Summer II 1992 Stu Stocker
Almost Pregnant 1992 Video Charlie Alderson
Eye of the Storm 1992 Tom Edwards
Mirror Images 1992 Jeffrey Blair
A Time to Die 1991 Frank
Total Exposure 1991 Peter Keynes
Shades of LA 1990 TV Series Richard
Good Grief 1990 TV Series Winston Payne
The Sleeping Car 1990 Bud Sorenson
The Bold and the Beautiful 1989-1990 TV Series Mick Savage
Tale of Two Sisters 1989 Taxi driver
The Banker 1989 Cowboy
Ghost Writer 1989 Tom Farrell
Freddy's Nightmares 1989 TV Series Buddy Powers
Monsters 1989 TV Series Phil
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark 1988 Travis
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission 1988 TV Movie Sgt. Holt
Bay Coven 1987 TV Movie Josh McGwin
Stingray 1987 TV Series Ty Gardner
Hotel 1987 TV Series Eric Madison
Tales from the Darkside 1987 TV Series Peter Prentice
The New Mike Hammer 1984-1987 TV Series Harry Farris / Owen Goddard
The Patriot 1986 Mitchell
The Love Boat 1985 TV Series Andy Jackson
Who's the Boss? 1985 TV Series Jeff
Berrenger's 1985 TV Series John Higgins
Covergirl 1984 T.C. Sloane
Making of a Male Model 1983 TV Movie Chuck Lanyard
Wizards and Warriors 1983 TV Series Prince Erik Greystone
Taxi 1978-1982 TV Series Bobby Wheeler
The Nashville Grab 1981 TV Movie Buddy Walker
For the Love of It 1980 TV Movie Russ
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 1979 TV Movie Roy Fletcher
Grease 1978 Kenickie
Having Babies 1978 TV Series Bill
Kojak 1978 TV Series Bert Gaines
Pete's Dragon 1977 Willie
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden 1977 Lactamaeon
Delta County, U.S.A. 1977 TV Movie Terry Nicholas
Barnaby Jones 1976-1977 TV Series Jeff Saunders / Taylor Chappell
The Eagle Has Landed 1976 Frazier
Mary Tyler Moore 1976 TV Series Kenny Stevens
Joe Forrester 1975 TV Series
Movin' On 1975 TV Series Mike Miller / Mike
Happy Days 1975 TV Series Rocko
Jennifer on My Mind 1971 Hanki

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike & Mike 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Planet Houston 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 "Child Stars on Your Television"
EastEnders 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Taxi 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grease 1978 performer: "Summer Nights", "Greased Lightning"
Grease Day USA 1978 TV Movie documentary performer: "Summer Nights" - uncredited
Pete's Dragon 1977 performer: "The Happiest Home in These Hills", "Bill of Sale" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2002: The Rape of Eden 1994 associate producer
Sunset Strip 1993 associate producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1994 TV Series director - 1 episode
Taxi 1978 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bikini Summer II 1992

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bikini Summer II 1992 story

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
A Happy Ending 2005 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2010 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew 2008 TV Series Himself - Rehab Patient / Himself
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Winner ("Medallion Award")
1 vs. 100 2007 TV Series Himself - Mob
Grease: You're the One That I Want! 2007 TV Series Himself
In the Cutz 2006 TV Series Guest
The Time, the Place, the Motion: Remembering Grease 2006 Video short Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Himself
Living in TV Land 2004-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Living the Dream: Behind the Scenes 2006 Video short Himself
Celebrity Fit Club 2006 TV Series Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Today 1979-2004 TV Series Himself
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Naked Movie 2002 Himself
After They Were Famous 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Himself / Kenickie
Grease 20th Anniversary Re-Release Party 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Behind the Music 2001 TV Series documentary Himself / Kenickie
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The List 1999 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Profile 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1995 TV Series Himself
The Best of Taxi 1994 TV Movie Himself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Image Workshop 1991 TV Series Host
Now You See It 1989 TV Series Himself
The Joe Franklin Show 1983 TV Series Himself
Battle of the Network Stars X 1981 TV Special Himself - ABC Team
The Alan Thicke Show 1980-1981 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1981 TV Series Himself
Marie 1980 TV Series Himself
Hour Magazine 1980 TV Series Himself
The Cheryl Ladd Special: Souvenirs 1980 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978-1980 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
New American Bandstand 1965 1980 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
The Alan Hamel Show 1979 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1978 TV Series Himself
California Jam 2 1978 TV Special Host / interviewer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Días de cine 2011 TV Series Himself / Kenickie
20 to 1 2007-2010 TV Series documentary Kenickie
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew 2008 TV Series Himself - Rehab Patient
Banda sonora 2007 TV Series Kenickie
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Kenickie (uncredited)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1994 TV Series Cowboy / Stu Stocker / Charlie Alderson
Grease Day USA 1978 TV Movie documentary Kenickie
Happy Days 1976 TV Series Rocko

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Medallion Award TV Land Awards Taxi (1978) · Danny DeVito
· Tony Danza
· Judd Hirsch
· Carol Kane
· James L. Brooks
· Randall Carver

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Series Taxi (1978)
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Series Taxi (1978)


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#Quote
1 [on Mickey Rourke's comeback]: Hollywood can be a very stinging town. They say it's a forgiving business. It's not that forgiving.
2 [on leaving Taxi (1978)]: In 'Taxi,' I kept doing the same scene for three years. I was underused.
3 [on his suicide attempts]: I've tried to commit suicide 21 times. Mostly, it's been with pills.


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