The Grease cast features John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Randal Kleiser’s 1978 movie on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Grease follows a group of teenagers in 1958. When Danny Zuko reunites with his Australian love interest, they both posture while hanging out with their respective friend groups. The storyline follows the main protagonists as they renew their relationship through a series of lively musical performances. Here’s every actor and character in Grease, an adaptation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s 1971 musical.
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Grease Cast: John Travolta as Danny Zuko
Character Profile: An image-conscious high school senior. He leads a gang known as the T-Birds. Danny tries to play it cool upon reuniting with his Australian love interest.
Travolta’s Resume: Vinnie Barbarino in Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79), Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1977), Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994), Chili Palmer in Get Shorty (1995), Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story (2016)
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Grease Cast: Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson
Character Profile: An Australian teenager. She falls in love with Danny during the summer and then shows up at his school. Sandy is a relatively naive teenager who learns life lessons from her new friends.
Newton-John’s Resume: Olivia in Toomorrow (1970), Kira in Xanadu (1980), Debbie in Two of a Kind (1983), Barbara Ramme in A Few Best Men (2011), Olivia in The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020)
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Grease Cast: Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo
Character Profile: The leader of a female group known as the Pink Ladies. She is ready to rule the school during her senior year. Rizzo worries about getting pregnant.
Channing’s Resume: Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Aunt Frances in Practical Magic (1998), Sister Husband in Where the Heart Is (2000), Veronica Loy in The Good Wife (2012-16), Chloe in Angry Neighbors (2022)
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Grease Cast: Jeff Conaway as Kenickie
Character Profile: Rizzo’s love interest. He reunites with Danny after lugging boxes at Bargain City during the summer. Kenickie saves money for a new car and hopes to race at Thunder Road.
Conaway’s Resume: Rocko in Happy Days (1975), Bobby Wheeler in Taxi (1978-82), Zack Allan in Babylon 5 (1994-98), Marcie’s Father in Jawbreaker (1999), Self in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008)
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Grease Cast: Barry Pearl as Doody
Character Profile: A member of the T-Birds. He is a mechanic who gets allowance money from his parents. Doody develops a relationship with a member of the Pink Ladies named Frenchy.
Pearl’s Resume: Recruit Mignone in CPO Sharkey (1976-77), Dr. Abbott/Strip Club Manager in Days of Our Lives (1986-99), Dr. Aikman in Port Charles (1998), Dr. Paulson in House (2009), Auctioneer Sims in The Walls Are Watching (2022)
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Grease Cast: Michael Tucci as Sonny LaTierri
Character Profile: A member of the T-Birds. He is a horny Italian-American man who dates a member of the Pink Ladies named Marty. Sonny spreads a rumor about Rizzo.
Tucci’s Resume: Norman Briggs in Diagnosis Murder (1993-97), Judge in Evasive Action (1998), Dr. Bay in Blow (2001), Mr. Mullins in The Heat (2013), Weezi Abramowitz in The Rich & the Ruthless (2018)
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Grease Cast: Kelly Ward as Putzie
Character Profile: A member of T-Birds. He creeps on female classmates at the beginning of the film. Putzie is bad with words and dates a member of the Pink Ladies named Jan.
Ward’s Resume: Tom Shuster in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), Doug in CHiPs (1978), Frank Thatcher in The Waltons (1979), Pvt. Johnson — 1st Squad in The Big Red One (1980), Mr. McSpaniel/Mr. Waldy/Mutzy in Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures (2018-21)
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Grease Cast: Didi Conn as Frenchy
Character Profile: A member of the Pink Ladies. She is a master of the “French Inhale” who gets accepted into La Cafury Beauty School. Frenchy hosts a sleepover party.
Conn’s Resume: Helen in The Practice (1976-77), Denise Florence Stevens in Benson (1981-85), Stacy Jones/Gracie Jones in Shining Time Station (1989-93), Waitress in Frida (2002), Mrs. Devlin in Blue Bloods (2022)
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Grease Cast: Jamie Donnelly as Jan
Character Profile: A member of the Pink Ladies. She dates Putzie and wears pigtails. Jan changes her look at the end of the film.
Donnelly’s Resume: Linda in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Teacher in Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Pastor in Cyrus (2010), Mrs. Cody in Black Mass (2015), Margot in Souvenirs (2020)
Grease Cast: Dinah Manoff as Marty Maraschino
Character Profile: A member of the Pink Ladies. She shows off her new glasses and likes to spend money. Marty dates Sonny and flirts with a TV host.
Manoff’s Resume: Elaine Lefkowitz Dallas in Soap (1978), Karen in Ordinary People (1980), Carol Weston in Empty Nest (1988-95), Maggie Peterson in Child’s Play (1988), Evelyn Rayburn in State of Grace (2001-02)
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The Grease cast also includes
- Eddie Deezen as Eugene Felsnic
- Susan Buckner as Patricia “Patty” Simcox
- Lorenzo Lamas as Thomas “Tom” Chisum
- Dennis Cleveland Stewart as Leo “Crater-Face” Balmudo
- Annette Charles as Charlene “Cha-Cha” DiGregorio
- Eve Arden as Principal McGee
- Dody Goodman as Blanche Hodel
- Sid Caesar as Coach Vince Calhoun
- Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Murdock
- Darrell Zwerling as Mr. Lynch
- Dick Patterson as Mr. Rudie
- Fannie Flagg as Nurse Wilkins
- Joan Blondell as Vi
- Frankie Avalon as Teen Angel
- Edd Byrnes as Vince Fontaine
- Johnny Contardo and Sha Na Na as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers
- Ellen Travolta as a Frosty Palace Waitress
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