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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
He studied for a year at the North Carolina School of the Arts and transferred to New York University in New York City.
Upon his death, he was cremated.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Though he played Kenickie in the movie version of Grease (1978), he appeared in the Broadway production as Danny Zuko.
While filming Grease (1978), had to walk slightly stooped so John Travolta would appear taller.
Wanted to be an astronaut when he was little.
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.