Jeff Conaway of Taxi & Grease Fame Left Out of Emmy Awards Memorial Segment
So I’m watching the Emmy’s and the memorial segment plays and I’m thinking “Where’s Uncle Leo”? Len Lesser, best known as the scene-stealing Uncle Leo on Seinfield passed this year and so did Clarice Taylor, who played Bill Cosby’s mom on the Cosby Show.
But, the most glaring omission from the Emmy Award’s tear-jerking montage this year? Jeff Conaway, who played struggling actor Bobby Wheeler on the influential “Taxi” for three seasons, plus security officer Zack Allen on “Babylon 5,” numerous guest appearances, and a seminal turn as a struggling addict on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
Conaway died in May at the age of 60 of pneumonia with sepsis, although his long-running prescription drug habit is believed to contributed to his death.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences says that telecast producers cannot include “all of the worthy television professionals” who have died in the segment, but does list them all, including Conaway, on its website.