Conway made his feature film debut in the forgettable "Believe in Me" (1971) and subsequently portrayed the sullen Weary in "Slaughterhouse Five" (1972). He subsequently co-starred as gangsters opposite Sylvester Stallone in "F.I.S.T." and "Paradise Alley" (both 1978). After appearances in a few undistinguished films (e.g. "The Funhouse" 1984, "Flashpoint" 1984), he made his feature directorial debut with the political drama "El Sol y la Luna/The Sun and the Moon" (1987) which starred his wife, Mila Burnette. He was the doctor who suggested sterilization to cure Laura Dern's problems in Martha Coolidge's "Rambling Rose" (1991) and was Sgt. Buster Kilrain, one of the few non-officers featured in the epic "Gettysburg" (1993). Conway co-starred with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman in Sam Raimi's "The Quick and the Dead" (1995). Conway was already playing second leads in 70s TV-movies, such as "The Deadliest Season" (CBS, 1977) and "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye" (NBC, 1977), but in the 80s he became a frequent player in TV longforms with key roles in such efforts as "Sidney Sheldon's 'Rage of Angels'" (NBC, 1983) and the acclaimed "Something About Amelia" (ABC, 1984). He also played Chillingworth opposite Meg Foster's Hester Prynne in the PBS miniseries "The Scarlet Letter" (1979) and co-starred with Bruce Davison in the first PBS TV-movie "The Lathe of Heaven" (1980). He reprised his stage role of Dr. Frederick Treves opposite Philip Anglim's "The Elephant Man" (ABC, 1983). Conway won higher profile roles in the 90s with the Disney Channel movie, "The Whipping Boy" (1994) and "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'" (CBS, 1995). Conway continued working steadily as a character actor in TV and film for the rest of his career, including oles kn films including "Mystic River" (2003) and "The Bronx Is Burning" (2007). Kevin Conway died of a heart attack in New York City on February 5, 2020 at the age of 77.
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