In August 2009, Conaway was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight.
In the interview, the actor claimed he was much better after a fifth back operation, and that he had yet to use painkillers again.
But Bobby – anybody could walk in and say, 'Hi, Alex.'" Conaway starred in the short-lived 1983 fantasy-spoof series Wizards and Warriors.
He made guest appearances on such shows as Barnaby Jones, George & Leo and Murder, She Wrote.
But then one day I got the whole script and became real interested in the actor character, then called Bobby Taylor.
And [the producers] said they had been thinking along the same lines, so I read again.
During the second episode of Celebrity Rehab's first season, Conaway, fed up with his dorsalgia, withdrawal symptoms, and the humiliation of having to be assisted while using the toilet, told Dr. After Pinsky asked him to elaborate upon how he would carry out a suicidal act, Conaway glared at the mirror in his room and said, "I see myself breaking that mirror and slicing my fucking throat with it." During group sessions, Conaway revealed he was "tortured" during his childhood, as older boys in his neighborhood would put him into dangerous situations, tying him up and threatening him.
When he was seven years old, he was a victim of pedophiles and child pornographers.
Later I got a call from [original casting director] Joel Thurm, who says, 'Well, it's not good news, but it's not bad news either.' He says I'm the only choice for a white actor, but that they'd had a meeting and thought that maybe Bobby should be black and that now they're looking at black actors. So I went back to read, and it was me, Cleavon Little, and somebody else....
I ended up reading with [star] Judd Hirsch and it went really well."Taxi writer Sam Simon recalled in 2008 that during production of Simon's first script for that show, a missing Conaway was found in his dressing room too high on drugs to perform, and that his dialogue for that episode was divided between his co-stars Danny De Vito and Christopher Lloyd who delivered the jokes well enough so that Conaway's absence had little negative impact on the episode.
He also discussed unscrupulous doctors and enablers.
On May 11, 2011, Conaway was found unconscious from what was initially described as an overdose of substances believed to be pain medication and was taken to Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center in Encino, California, where he was listed in critical condition.
The following year Conaway appeared in the original cast of the Broadway musical Grease, as an understudy to several roles including that of the lead male character, Danny Zuko, and eventually succeeded role-originator Barry Bostwick.