60 (passed away May. 27th, 2011)
Oct. 5th, 1950
New York City, New York, USA
6' 1 1/2
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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 the 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 as a result of complications related to pneumonia and the degenerative brain condition known as encephalopathy.
Jeff Conaway was born in the New York City borough of Manhattan. He was raised in the Astoria, Flushing, and Forest Hills neighborhoods in the New York City borough of Queens. His father, Charles, was an actor, producer and publisher. His mother, Helen, an actress who went by the stage name Mary Ann Brooks, taught music at New York City's Brook Conservatory. They divorced when he was 3, and Conaway and his two older sisters lived with his mother. He also spent 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, 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. After playing with the rock band 3 1/2 for a time, beginning at age 15, he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and later transferred to New York University
- While filming _Grease (1978)_ (qv), had to walk slightly stooped so 'John Travolta' (qv) would appear taller.
- Wanted to be an astronaut when he was little.
- Appeared in an episode of _"Murder, She Wrote" (1984)_ (qv) ("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)_ (qv).
- Though he played Kenickie in the movie version of _Grease (1978)_ (qv), he appeared in the Broadway production as Danny Zuko.
- Is a grandfather (grandson born January 1997). (Admitted this on NBC's _"Later with Greg Kinnear" (1994)_ (qv), July 6/98, with guest host 'Rita Sever' (qv)).
- He has no children of his own. He has a step son with Rona.
- His ex-wife, 'Rona Newton-John' (qv), is 'Olivia Newton-John' (qv)'s sister.
- Brother of 'Michele Conaway' (qv).