Jeff Conaway, best known for his roles in the TV series Taxi and movie musical Grease, battled addiction problems which were well chronicled for years by reality TV and the media. The 60-year old actor was taken off life support Thursday, May 26, 2011 and died the following Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Encino, nine days after being put into a medically induced coma. He was surrounded by his sisters, nieces, nephews and ministers.

Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) - Grease "A hickey from Kinickie, is like a Hallmark card, when you care enough to send the very best.

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Directed by Randal Kleiser.  With John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Directed by Randal Kleiser. With John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Directed by Randal Kleiser.  With John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Directed by Randal Kleiser. With John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

JEFF CONAWAY:     (1950 - 2011) -     ACTOR    ( TAXI )

May 2011 - Jeff Conaway, American actor died at Jeffrey Charles William Michael "Jeff" Conaway (b. was an American actor best known for his roles in the movie Grease and two US television series, Taxi and Babylon

Jeff Conaway as Kenickie and Annette Charles as Cha Cha

Jeff Conaway as Kenickie and Annette Charles as Cha Cha

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Jeff Conaway (October 5, 1950 - May 27, 2011) American actor and realitystar, o.a. known from the movie 'Grease' and the series of 'Taxi'.

† Jeff Conaway (October 1950 - May American actor and realitystar, o. known from the movie 'Grease' and the series of 'Taxi'.

Jeff Conaway and Susan Buckner in Grease (1978) - Photo Gallery - IMDb

Jeff Conaway and Susan Buckner in Grease (1978) - Photo Gallery - IMDb

Rarely Known Grease Fact:  The hickeys on Rizzo’s neck were actually given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie to make them authentic.

Rarely Known Grease Fact: The hickeys on Rizzo’s neck were actually given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie to make them authentic.

Jeff Conaway  October 5, 1950 - May 27, 2011-  Loved him in Taxi.  He was good in Grease as well.

Jeffrey Charles William Michael "Jeff" Conaway (October 1950 – May Bobby Wheeler in Taxi

1950-2011 -- New York-bred actor Jeff Conaway, famous for his roles in 'Grease' and 'Taxi,' died on May 27, two weeks after an accidental drug overdose. He was 60 years old.  He snagged the lead part of Danny Zuko in the Broadway musical "Grease" during his senior year at NYU's Film and Theater program but lost the role to John Travolta when it moved to the silver screen in 1978. Instead, he played the second lead T-Bird Kenickie and later married his co-star Olivia Newton-John's sister.

2011 Obituaries: Remembering those we lost this year

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