Edd Byrnes, starring of Grease and’ 50 s /’ 60 s TV reveal 77 Sunset Strip has died aged 87.
Byrnes is recollected for his persona as charismatic radio announcer Vince Fontaine in the 1978 cinema, and as slick-haired parking lot attendant Kookie in the ABC detective drama, respectively.
The actor’s son, Logan Byrnes, demonstrated the news yesterday( January 9) via Facebook. He said his father died at his home in Santa Monica.
It is with profound sadness and heartache to share with you the extending of my father Edd Byrnes.His is the story of an…
Variety writes that Byrnes’ characterization of Kookie( Gerald Kookson III) in 77 Sunset Strip” introduced a host of early ’6 0s lingo into mainstream primetime culture .”
It continued:” The Kookie character took on more notoriety when Byrnes teamed with Connie Stevens on a originality record –‘ Kookie, Kookie( Lend Me Your Comb )’ — for the then-newly formed Warner Bros. Records, that climbed the following chart in 1959. Byrnes likewise seemed as Kookie in crossover occurrences with fellow Warner Bros ./ ABC dramas Hawaiian Eye and Surfside 6. Stevens was a co-star of Hawaiian Eye .”
Cast members from the television detective series,’ 77 Sunset Strip’ sit in a convertible outside a eatery. Left to right, Edd Byrnes, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Roger Smith, Louis Quinn( holding puppy in his lap) and Robert Logan. CREDIT: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images
Logan wrote further that his father came to New York City in his early 20 s with “a few hundred dollars and a dream of stimulating it big in the recreation business .”
Before Sunset Strip, Byrnes’ portfolio of TV dramas included Wire Service, Navy Log and Crossroads.
Later, Byrnes had guest smudges on serials including Charlie’s Angels, Married With Children and Murder, She Wrote, among many others.
In 1996 Byrnes published an autobiography called Kookie No More in which he detailed his long struggle with alcoholism.
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