Edd Byrnes, celebrity of the 1950s and also ’60s TV hit “77 Sunset Strip” who went on to co-star in the 1978 shatter “Grease,” has died, the star’s kid, Logan Byrnes, verified Thursday by means of Facebook. He was 87.
Byrnes died at his house in Santa Monica, according to Logan Byrnes, that is an information support for KUSI-TV San Diego.
Byrnes became a comedic sensation as the co-star of the ABC investigator dramatization “77 Sundown Strip,” starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as a hip L.A. private investigator. Byrnes played Kookie, the car park assistant with a practice of running his comb via his slick hair. His personality, Gerald Kookson III, introduced a host of early ’60s vernacular right into conventional primetime society.
The series was among a multitude of glossy action-dramas that the recently established Warner Bros. Television department created for the Big Three networks in the late 1950s and also very early ’60s.
The Kookie character handled much more popularity when Byrnes teamed with pop star Connie Stevens on an uniqueness record– “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)”– for the then-newly formed Detector Bros. Records, that climbed the charts in 1959. Byrnes likewise looked like Kookie in crossover episodes with fellow Warner Bros./ ABC dramatization “Hawaiian Eye” as well as “Surfside 6.”
Byrnes was dropped from “Sundown Strip” together with various other actors members when Detector Bros. generated “Dragnet” star-producer Jack Webb to drink the series in its sixth season, which showed to be its last.
In the mid-1960s via the late 1990s, Byrnes enjoyed a future in TV guest shot roles as well as sustaining motion picture functions. He played radio commentator Vince Fontaine in the 1978 movie performance of “Oil,” together with John Travolta as well as Olivia Newton-John.
A native of New York City, Byrnes pertained to Hollywood in his very early 20s with “a few hundred dollars and also a desire of making it huge in the home entertainment business,” Logan Byrnes composed.
Before “Sunset Strip,” Byrnes logged roles on 1950s TV dramas “Cable Service,” “Navy Log” and also “Crossroads.” He was included in 3 episodes of “Maverick,” the fashionable TELEVISION western starring James Garner that was also created by Warner Bros.
TELEVISION. After his run as Kookie, Byrnes had guest shots on such collection as “Burke’s Regulation,” “Honey West,” “Mannix,” “Love, American Style,” “Adam-12,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Police Female,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Watercraft,” “Fantasy Island,” “Wedded With Kid” and also “Murder, She Created,” amongst several others.
Byrnes published an autobiography, “Kookie Say goodbye to,” in 1996 that detailed his long fight with alcoholism.
In enhancement to his kid, Byrnes’ survivors include his ex-wife Asa Maynor and also longtime companion Cathrine Gross.