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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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Jeffrey Charles William Michael "Jeff" Conaway (October 5, 1950 – May 27, 2011) was an American actor known for his role of Kenickie 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.
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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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passed away on 27th May 2011 aged 60. |||
Jeff Conaway passed away on 27th May 2011 aged 60. His last relationship was when Jeff Conaway and Vikki Lizzi were dating for 6 years before Jeff Conaway died aged 60.
Jeff Conaway was previously married to Kerri Conaway (1990) and Rona Newton-John (1979 - 1985).
He was also in relationships with Vikki Lizzi (2005 - 2011), Iliana Fischer (2004 - 2005), Ginger Lynn (2003 - 2004), Susan Buckner (1977) and Lisa Hartman (1977 - 1978).
Jeff Conaway is a 60 year old American Actor. Born Jeffery Charles William Michael Conaway on 5th October, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA, he is famous for Taxi, Grease in a career that spans 1971-2010. His zodiac sign is Libra.
Jeff Conaway was in 4 on-screen matchups, notably with Genie Francis in Murder, She Wrote (1984), Annette Charles in Grease (1978), Stockard Channing in Grease (1978) and Tanya Roberts in Almost Pregnant (1992).
Jeff Conaway is a member of the following lists:
Male actors from New York City,
American male child actors and
American male stage actors.
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