Kevin Conway (actor)

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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 active19702020

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


Early life

Conway was born in New York City, to Helen Margaret (née Sanders), a sales representative, and James John Conway, a mechanic. [1] [2] Conway completed 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 irascible 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 . [5]

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", [lower-alpha 1] "Boom", [lower-alpha 2] and "Wrongful Termination" [lower-alpha 3] 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 . He made an appearance as the father of titular brothers Michael and Tommy Caffee as Neal Caffee on the Showtime drama, “Brotherhood.”

Conway was a guest star on JAG in the episode "King of Fleas" portraying Roscoe Martin, a paraplegic Vietnam vet who confessed to a murder. [lower-alpha 4] In “The Martin Baker fan club” he returns as Roscoe Martin, now a mental patient, and faces a charge of second-degree murder. [lower-alpha 5] 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. [6]


Conway died in Manhattan on February 5, 2020, of a heart attack. [7] [8]



1971 Believe in Me Clancy
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five Roland Weary
1972 Portnoy's Complaint Smolka
1973 Shamus The Kid
1978 F.I.S.T. Vince Doyle
1978 Paradise Alley Stitch
1981 The Funhouse Freak Show Barker / Strip Show Barker / Conrad Straker
1984 Flashpoint Brook
1988 Funny Farm Crum Petree, The MailmanUncredited
1988 Homeboy Grazziano
1991 One Good Cop Lieutenant Danny Quinn
1991 Rambling Rose Dr. Martinson
1992 Jennifer 8 Citrine
1993 Gettysburg Sergeant Buster Kilrain
1995 The Quick and the Dead Eugene Dred
1996 Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace Jonathan Walker
1998 Mercury Rising FBI Special Agent In Charge Joe Lomax
1999 The Confession Mel Duden
2000 Two Family House Jim O'Neary
2000 Thirteen Days Chief of Staff of The USAF General Curtis LeMay
2001 Black Knight King Leo
2003God's and GeneralsSergeant Buster Kilrain
2003 Mystic River Theo SavageUncredited
2006 Invincible Frank Papale
2007 American Loser Bert
2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Cyrus
TBAThe Gettysburg Address Daniel Webster Documentary


1968 One Life to Live Earl BrockN/A
1970 The Doctors Gordon DobbsEpisode #1.1843
1971 A World Apart Bud Whitman2 episodes
1971 Great Performances Peter BoyleEpisode: "Hogan's Goat"
1973Mr. Inside/Mr. OutsideFence #1Television film
1973Rx for the DefenseDr. Packer
1977 Visions James GreggEpisode: "The Gardener's Son"
1977 Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye David Powers Television film
1977 The Deadliest Season George Graff
1979 The Scarlet Letter Roger Chillingworth Miniseries
1980 The Lathe of Heaven Dr. William HaberTelevision film
1982 The Elephant Man Frederick Treves
1983 Rage of Angels Ken Bailey
1983The FirmPeter BlauEpisode: "Pilot"
1984 Something About Amelia Dr. Kevin FarleyTelevision film
1984 Attack on Fear Richard Ofshe
1986 Miami Vice Commander FoxEpisode: "Walk-Alone"
1988JesseKen BrandTelevision film
1988 The Equalizer John AllenwaiteEpisode: "Splinters"
1989 In the Heat of the Night Jude ThibodeauxEpisode: "A.K.A. Kelly Kay"
1989–1990 The Beachcombers Fernley2 episodes
1990 When Will I Be Loved? Jerry HowardTelevision film
1992 Breaking the Silence Jack Hastings
1993 Northern Exposure Arlen BriscoeEpisode: "Duets"
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation KahlessEpisode: "Rightful Heir"
1994 Cobra Corporal BiggsEpisode: "A Few Dead Men"
1994 The Whipping Boy Hold-Your-Nose-BillyTelevision film
1995 New York News Jim Kowalski3 episodes
1995 Streets of Laredo Mox Mox
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Joseph CarderoEpisode: "Heartbeat"
1995–2000 The Outer Limits Control Voice152 episodes
1996 Law & Order Lieutenant John FlynnEpisode: "Corruption"
1996 Calm at Sunset Kelly DobbsTelevision film
1997-1998 JAG Roscoe Martin / Willie Meizer2 episodes
1998 Michael Hayes Mackey2 episodes
1999–2000 Oz Seamus O'Reily 6 episodes
2000Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Thomas Paine Television film
2001 The Flamingo Rising Judge Lester, Stunt Pilot
2001 Dark Angel Operative At WarehouseEpisode: "Designate This"
2005-2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jackie Dooley / Frank McNare2 episodes
2006 Brotherhood Neal CaffeeEpisode: "Vivekchaudamani: 51"
2007 The Black Donnellys Ian Reilly, Jenny's Pop10 episodes
2007 The Bronx Is Burning Gabe Paul8 episodes
2009 Life on Mars Donovan StampEpisode: "The Dark Side of the Mook"
2009–2011 The Good Wife Jonas Stern3 episodes
2012 Person of Interest George MasseyEpisode: "Triggerman"
2017–2018 Who Killed Jane Doe? Narrator12 episodes
2018Unmasked3 episodes


  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
  5. JAG, Season 4, Episide 5

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