May 31, 2011

RIP: A Hickey From Kenickie's Like a Hallmark Card

Actor Jeff Conaway, 60, best known for his role on classic TV series Taxi and for playing the rebellious Kenickie in the mega-hit 1978 movie musical Grease, died last Friday.  Mr. Conaway appeared on the hit TV series Taxi, playing struggling vain actor Bobby Wheeler from 1978 to 1981; he left the show for its last two seasons.  Following Taxi, Mr. Conway appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful in 1989 and Babylon 5 in the 1990s.  For his fans, confirmation of his long fight with addiction to alcohol, cocaine and painkillers became apparent when he appeared in two seasons of VH1's Celebrity Rehab series as one of Dr. Drew Pinsky's most heartbreaking and difficult cases.    In 1980, Mr. Conaway married Olivia Newton-John's sister, Rona and they had a son named Emerson. The couple divorced in 1985.

Recently, Conway fell into a coma, presumably from a drug overdose.  Dr. Drew tweeted that he believes Conway will come out of the come - just this past weekend.  Alas, Dr. Drew, stick to what you know ... how to whore yourself out on TV.  In the future, try staying away from providing sound medical advice.  You're a joke.

Rest in peace, Kinickie.