It is sad to say, but it seems that every month there is a new
celebrity couple getting divorced, adopting a foreign child, stirring
up trouble, or entering a drug rehabilitation center. Unfortunately,
the end result is death, jail time, or an end to a good career
as it was with the ever popular Jeff Conaway.
Jeff Conaway started his career in music during the mid to late
1960s but was unable to gain traction. His career really took
off during the hit television show "Happy Days" &
movie "Grease," which then launched his long term career
with the series "Taxi" on which he starred in over 50
Jeff Conaway also starred as an officer in Bablyon 5 during the
1990s on nearly 80 episodes - which is perhaps some of his most
recent and best work in the burgeoning Sci-Fi realm. To name a
few of his other career credits, they were: Covergirl, Ghost Writer,
The Patriot, The Pool 2, Jawbreaker, Monsters, The Bold &
the Beautiful, George & Leo, The Love Boat, Matlock, Hotel
and hundreds more.
During the 1980s, Jeff finally admitted he was addicted to cocaine,
drugs, alcohol and more as he started to turn his life around.
His career began to improve and everyone assumed the worst was
over, until his career in Science Fiction television ended and
he relapsed into a heavy addiction to pain killer opiates and
With the help of fellow friend and actor, John Travolta and the
church of Scientology, he slowly started to recover for a second
time. However, it didn't last long and he was soon on a television
show called "Celebrity Rehab" in a last ditch effort
to save his life. However, that didn't work either and he slowly
started in a downward spiral of drug abuse, alcohol, and depression.
Golden Globe to Life Support
Jeff Conaway was nominated for two golden globe awards for best
supporting actor in Comedy for his work in the hit television
show "Taxi" (1978 & 1979). Appearing in over 44
films and plays and hundreds of television episodes, mostly as
a supporting actor, he had everything the world could offer, but
it was not enough. In 2011, he found himself over dosed on drugs
and unaware of severe pneumonia which ultimately led to his death
on May 27th, 2011 with his family by his side.
In the end, after three marriages, thousands of hours acting
professionally with the best actors the world has to offer, and
all of the money one could spend - it still wasn't enough for
Jeff. Drugs and alcohol plagued his life since he was a teenager
and ultimately led to his death after more than 30 years of abuse
on and off.