January 27, 1936 � September 2, 2001
"What I did basically was knock up Gidget, and you just don't do that!"
Wow, fasten your seatbelts. A 50�s screen idol that didn�t turn out to be gay. I�m shocked. It�s slightly refreshing to know that we aren�t everywhere.
Troy was a hottie for sure. Probably most famous for his role opposite (look at me, I�m) Sandra (hic!) Dee in A Summer Place, with the fab theme. To kids nowadays, he�s well known for being mentioned in the film Grease, "as for you, Troy Donahue� I know what you wanna to do!" Still, if it gets anyone interested in the person, being famous for having been mentioned in a song isn�t that bad.
He eventually got it together again, and did manage to appear in The Godfather Part II, as a playboy named Merle Johnson. His real name was Merle Johnson. Hilarity ensues. He also turned up in Assault of the Party Nerds, and the John Waters film Crybaby. I do love that one. Especially hatchet-face. I even wrote her a fan letter and got a reply.
Apparently Troy had been suffering with heart problems for a year. Bypass surgery was suggested, but Troy refused.
On August 30, 2001 he had a heart attack after working out at his gym. He was rushed to St. John�s Medical Center in Santa Monica, where he was given 6 bypasses. His good buddy Connie Stevens visited ALL the time. He eventually succumbed on September 2, at 6:15am. Zheng Chow and Troy�s sister were at his bedside when it happened.
He was 65 years old.
He was cremated, and Zheng Cao has his ashes.
Trivia: Troy used to be married to (to be said in a very deep voice after ten packs of Lucky Strikes, and birds. Lots of birds.) Suzanne Pleshette.