Funnyman Jeff Conaway Dead at 60
It's with sadness that Yidio must report that funnyman/ actor Jeff Conaway died May 27. He was 60 years old.
Conaway had been in a medically induced coma in Encino, Calif. following an alleged drug overdose, Variety reported. His family made the decision Friday to shut off his life support and say goodbye.
Conaway spent years battling substance abuse problems but was most open about his demons when he appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." His demons didn't overshadow a long, prosperous career.
The native New Yorker attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. He's arguably best remembered as Bobby Wheeler, the handsome struggling actor and New York cab driver on "Taxi" that he portrayed for three seasons from 1978-1981. The same year "Taxi" debuted, Conaway starred alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the beloved big-screen adaptation of "Grease" as Keneckie. Conaway ironically portrayed Danny Zuko - the role Travolta made his own in the film - in a mid-'70s Broadway production of "Grease" among Conaway's three tours on the Great White Way before going into film and television.
From 1994-1998, he enjoyed recurring work on sci-fi TV's "Babylon 5" as Security Officer Zack Allan.
Prior to his death, he had been committed to appear in a movie about the 2010 ordeal of trapped Chilean miners, "Miracle Underground."