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Jeff Conaway

Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway is an American actor, best known for his roles in the movie Grease, and the US TV series Taxi and Babylon 5. He also directed the 1992 film Bikini Summer 2. Jeff spent time of his time living with his grandparents in South Carolina, which gave him enough of a Southern accent that when he accompanied his mother to a casting call for director Arthur Penn's Broadway play All the Way Home, a story set in Knoxville, Tennessee, the 10-year-old Conaway landed a featured role as one of four boys. The 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning play was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and ran 333 performances and one preview from November 29, 1960, to September 16, 1961.Conaway remained for the entire run, then toured with the national company of the play Critic's Choice. Conaway worked as a child model, and attended high school at the Quintano School for Young Professionals. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and later transferred to New York University. While at NYU, he appeared in television commercials and had the lead in a school production of The Threepenny Opera. He made his movie debut in the 1971 romantic drama Jennifer on My Mind, which also featured future stars Robert De Niro and Barry Bostwick. The following year Conaway appeared in the original cast of the Broadway musical Grease, as an understudy to several roles including that of the lead male character, Danny Zuko, and eventually succeeded role-originator Barry Bostwick. He played the role for 2 1/2 years while his friend John Travolta, with whom he shared a manager, later joined the show, playing the supporting role of Doody. After breaking into series television in 1975 with Happy Days, followed by guest spots in several other TV shows, and three more movies including Grease, he was cast as aspiring actor Bobby Wheeler on Taxi, which premiered in fall 1978. Conaway starred in the short-lived 1983 fantasy-spoof series Wizards and Warriors. He made guest appearances on such shows as Barnaby Jones, George & Leo and Murder, She Wrote. He appeared inJawbreaker, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Do You Wanna Know a Secret? He also played Mick Savage on The Bold and the Beautiful. From 1994 to 1999, he played Zack Allan on Babylon 5. In addition to acting, Conaway dabbled in music. In the mid-1960s, he was the lead singer and guitarist for a rock band, The 3 1/2, which recorded four singles for Cameo Records in 1966 and 1967. On May 11, 2011, Conaway was found unconscious from what was initially described as an overdose of substances believed to be pain medication and was treaed in Encino, California, where he was listed in critical condition. The actor was suffering not from a drug overdose but rather from pneumonia with sepsis, for which he was placed into an induced coma. On May 26, 2011, Conaway's family took him off life support after doctors determined they could do nothing to revive him. Conaway died the following morning at the age of 60. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jeff Conaway, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Oct 5, 1950 In New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
74
First Appeared:
In the series The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970-09-19
Latest Project:
Movie The Russian Godfather 2022
Known For
Poster of Man on the Moon
Poster of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Poster of Pete's Dragon
Poster of Joe Forrester
Filmography
Movie The Russian Godfather Unknown 2022
Movie The Grease Story Kenickie 2017-11-05
Movie Dante's Hell Animated Circles Introduction (voice) 2013-11-25
Movie Dark Games Tom Doyle 2011-07-11
Series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Unknown 2008-01-10
Series 1 vs. 100 Himself 2006-10-13
Series Celebrity Fit Club 2005-01-09
Series The Tyra Banks Show Unknown 2005-09-12
Series Living in TV Land Unknown 2004-08-18
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Self 2003-09-05
Movie Curse of the Forty-Niner Reverend Sutter 2002-01-01
Series She Spies Zachary Mason 2002-07-20
Movie Do You Wanna Know a Secret? Agent Owen Sacker 2001-03-04
Series S Club 7 Jerry Parker 1999-04-08
Movie Babylon 5: A Call to Arms Zack Allen 1999-05-12
Movie Jawbreaker Marcie's Father 1999-01-30
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Man on the Moon Jeff Conaway - 'Taxi' Actor 1999-12-22
Movie Shadow of Doubt Bixby 1998-04-09
Movie Babylon 5: Thirdspace Zack Allen 1998-07-17
Movie Babylon 5: The River of Souls Zack Allen 1998-12-20
Movie The Last Embrace Jagger 1997-01-01
Series Mr. & Mrs. Smith Unknown 1996-09-20
Movie The Devil's Pet Unknown 1994-01-01
Movie 2002: The Rape of Eden Reverend 1994-01-01
Series Babylon 5 Zack Allan 1994-01-26
Movie Alien Intruder Borman 1993-01-01
Movie It's Showtime Rinaldi 1993-01-01
Movie In a Moment of Passion Werner Soehnen 1993-01-01
Movie L.A. Goddess Sean 1993-05-12
Movie Sunset Strip Tony 1993-09-07
Movie Mirror Images Jeffrey Blair 1992-03-12
Movie Bikini Summer II Stu Stocker 1992-01-01
Movie Eye of the Storm Tom Edwards 1992-06-01
Movie Almost Pregnant Charlie Alderson 1992-06-22
Movie A Time to Die Frank 1991-01-01
Movie Total Exposure Peter Keynes 1991-10-29
Series Shades of L.A. Unknown 1990-10-10
Movie The Sleeping Car Bud Sorenson 1990-02-02
Movie Tale of Two Sisters Taxi driver 1989-01-01
Movie The Banker Cowboy 1989-12-20
Movie Ghost Writer Tom Farrell 1989-12-07
Movie Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Travis 1988-09-30
Series Monsters Unknown 1988-10-01
Series Freddy's Nightmares Buddy Powers 1988-10-09
Movie The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Sgt. Holt 1988-11-10
Movie Bay Coven Josh McGwin 1987-10-25
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Movie The Patriot Mitchell 1986-07-25
Series Berrenger's 1985-01-05
Series Stingray Unknown 1985-07-14
Movie Stephen King's Golden Tales Peter Prentice 1985-10-19
Movie Covergirl T.C. Sloane 1984-01-13
Series Who's the Boss? Unknown 1984-09-20
Series Tales from the Darkside Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Murder, She Wrote Howard Griffin 1984-09-30
Series Wizards and Warriors 1983-02-26
Movie Making of a Male Model Chuck Lanyard 1983-10-09
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Movie For the Love of It Russ 1980-09-26
Movie Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Roy Fletcher 1979-09-05
Movie Grease Kenickie 1978-07-07
Series Taxi Bobby Wheeler 1978-09-12
Movie Delta County, USA Terry Nicholas 1977-05-20
Movie Pete's Dragon Willie 1977-11-03
Movie I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Unknown 1977-07-14
Series Battle of the Network Stars Unknown 1976-11-13
Movie The Eagle Has Landed Frazier 1976-12-24
Series Joe Forrester Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Movin' On Unknown 1974-05-08
Series Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19