Friday, May 27, 2011
Jeff Conaway Star of Taxi and Grease dies at 60
Jeff Conaway troubled actor who was known for his roles in Grease and his big break in Taxi as struggling actor/cabby Bobby died today at 60. The actor was recently known for his involvement in the reality show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008. The actor was found May 11th unconcious from a drug overdose and had been hospitalized in a coma.
He is perhaps best known for co-starring as Kenickie in the 1978 film adaptation of Grease, the highest-grossing musical domestically with $188.4 million. Conaway featured prominently in two of the film's most popular musical numbers, which also were released as singles: "Summer Nights," which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Greased Lightnin'," which failed to crack the Top 40.
According to HollywoodReporter.com Phil Brock his manager is quoted as saying that during the past month, Grease co-star John Travolta offered to pay for Conaway to go to rehab. "Jeff wasn't opposed to it, but he wasn't ready yet,"