Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway was an American actor and singer. He is known for playing Kenickie in the movie Grease and for his roles in two American television series, Taxi and Babylon 5. Conaway also played with the rock band 3 12 beginning at age 15. He died of a heart attack at the age of 69.
About Jeff Conaway in brief
Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway was an American actor and singer. He is known for playing Kenickie in the movie Grease and for his roles in two American television series, Taxi and Babylon 5. Conaway also appeared in the first and second seasons of the reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. He was reported to be dissatisfied with being typecast as a bimbo and the repetitive nature of the role of Bobby Wheeler on Taxi. He left Taxi after the third season because he was too high on drugs to perform. He also played with the rock band 3 12 beginning at age 15. He died of a heart attack at the age of 69. He had a son, Jeffrey Conaway, Jr., who was born in Queens, New York, and died of cancer at age 80. His son is the son of Charles Conaway and Helen Brooks, an actress who went by the stage name Mary Ann Brooks. His father was an actor, producer, and publisher. His mother, Helen, was an actress and taught music at New York City’s Brook Conservatory. They divorced when he was three, and he and his two older sisters lived with their mother.
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 Bstwick. He played the role for 2 12 years while his friend John Travolta, with whom he shared a manager, later joined the show, playing the supporting role of Doody. The two would reunite in the 1978 motion picture musicalGrease, in which Travolta played Zuko and Conaway his buddy Kenwickie. He went on to appear in Happy Days, followed by guest spots in several other TV shows, and three more movies including Grease. In 1987, he appeared in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show for the same producers, and, he said in 1987, had been considered for the role.