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Jeffrey "Jeff" Conaway (born October 5, 1950, New York City, New York, United States) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the movie Grease, and the US TV series Taxi and Babylon 5. He has also directed, helming the 1992 film Bikini Summer 2. Conaway began acting on Broadway at age 2. He is most commonly known for playing "Kenickie" in the 1978 motion picture musical Grease and for his role on the television series Taxi (1978-1981), where he played grinning, high-energy, out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler. Conaway left Taxi during the fourth season. On The Howard Stern Show, Taxi writer Sam Simon claimed that when Conaway was absent during the production of one episode, his dialogue was reassigned to the other cast members who delivered the jokes as well or better, which made the producers realize that Conaway was expendable. Conaway starred in the short-lived 1983 fantasy-spoof series, Wizards and Warriors. He appeared in an early episode of Murder, She Wrote. He made an appearance in the film, Jawbreaker, as the father of one of the teenage girls. In 1988, he appeared as a sleazy henchman in, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. From 1989-1990, he was cast on The Bold and the Beautiful, in the role of "Mick Savage." He would later play Sgt. Zack Allan, on Babylon 5 (seasons two through five and the telefilm A Call To Arms, 1994-1999). He has made guest appearances on shows ranging from Barnaby Jones to George and Leo. He also appeared in the Disney film Pete`s Dragon. In 2001, he was an F.B.I. agent in the film, "Do You Wanna` Know a Secret?"
After hitting bottom in the mid `80s, Conaway came to grips with the fact that he had a substance abuse problem. He successfully underwent treatment in the late `80s and often spoke candidly about his problem. By the mid-2000s however, problems with drugs had resurfaced. Conaway appeared in VH1`s Celebrity Fit Club, but was forced to leave due to his relapse and entered rehab. In early 2008 Conaway appeared with other celebrities in the VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. The show revealed that Conaway is addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers, and in a co-dependent relationship with his girlfriend Vikki Lizzi, also a user of prescription opiates. Conaway had suffered a back injury earlier in his career, which had been exacerbated more recently as a result of lifting boxes in his home.
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Jeffery Charles William Michael Conaway
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Pneumonia with sepsis
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Los Angeles, California, USA
Jeffrey Charles William Michael "Jeff" Conaway (October 5, 1950 – May 27, 2011) was an American actor best known for his roles in the movie Grease and two US television series, Taxi and Babylon 5. Conaway was also featured in the first and second season of the reality television series, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In May 2011 after spending just over two weeks in the hospital, Conaway died at the age of 60 due to complications related to pneumonia and the degenerative brain condition known as encephalopathy.
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North Carolina School of the Arts, New York University in New York City
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TV commercial for Clairol, TV commercial for Fab detergent, (1988) TV Commercial: Jack in the Box Restaurant
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