Kevin Conway (actor)

Kevin John Conway (May 29, 1942 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor and film director.

Kevin Conway
Kevin John Conway

(1942-05-29)May 29, 1942
DiedFebruary 5, 2020(2020-02-05) (aged 77)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, US
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1970–2020

Early lifeEdit

Conway was born in New York City, to Helen Margaret (née Sanders), a sales representative, and James John Conway, a mechanic.[1][2]

Conway received his acting training at HB Studio[3] in New York City.


Conway's off-Broadway credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One for the Road, The Elephant Man, Other People's Money, and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, for which he received the 1974 Drama Desk Award.[4]

On Broadway, Conway appeared in Indians, Moonchildren, and in revivals of The Plough and the Stars, Of Mice and Men (as George Milton, opposite James Earl Jones as Lennie Small), and Dinner at Eight. In 1980, he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Mecca).[4]


In his first major screen role, Conway portrayed Roland Weary in the 1972 film Slaughterhouse-Five, based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel.

Among other film roles, Conway played Crum Petree, the insane mailman in the 1988 film Funny Farm, Frank Papale in the fact-based 2006 Disney football drama Invincible and General Curtis LeMay in the 2000 historical drama Thirteen Days. He played the fictional Buster Kilrain in Ron Maxwell's Civil War Duology: Gods and Generals and Gettysburg.

In 1987, Conway directed the independent film The Sun and the Moon.


From 1995 to 2002, Conway was the Control Voice for the revived series of The Outer Limits. He made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the clone of the legendary Klingon figure Kahless. He guest starred on The Good Wife episodes "Threesome",[a] "Boom", [b] and "Wrongful Termination"[c] as Jonas Stern, a founding partner of the titular character's law firm. He portrayed Seamus O'Reily, the abusive father of Ryan and Cyril O'Reily in the HBO prison drama Oz.

Conway was a guest star on JAG in the episode "King of Fleas" portraying a paraplegic Vietnam vet who confessed to a murder.[d] He has also guest starred on three Law & Order series, the original series, two guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and one on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also guest starred in the second season of In the Heat of the Night. He also played the father of Jenny (played by Olivia Wilde) in NBC's The Black Donnellys in 2007.


Conway died in Manhattan on February 5, 2020, of a heart attack.[5][6]



  1. ^ The Good Wife, Season 1, Episode 9
  2. ^ The Good Wife, Season 1, Episode 19
  3. ^ The Good Wife, Season 2, Episode 19
  4. ^ JAG, Season 3, Episode 5


  1. ^ "Kevin Conway Biography (1942-)". Retrieved Sep 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Calio, Jim (April 9, 1979). "With F.I.S.T.s and Fanatic Work, Actor Kevin Conway Fought Up from Harlem into the Heavyweights". People magazine.
  3. ^ "Notable Alumni". HB Studio. Retrieved Sep 9, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Kevin Conway". Playbill. Retrieved Sep 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Kevin Conway Dies: ‘Gettysburg’, ‘Thirteen Days’ & ‘Invincible’ Actor Was 77
  6. ^ "Kevin Conway, 'Elephant Man' Actor Known for Intensity, Dies at 77". The New York Times. 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

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