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|January 28, 2020|
77 Sunset Strip actor Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes dies
SANTA MONICA – (INT) – One-time teen heart throb Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes has died at his home of natural causes at age 87.
Byrnes was best known for his starring role in the television series 77 Sunset Strip. He also was featured in the 1978 film Grease as television teen-dance show host Vince Fontaine, and was a charting recording artist with "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)" (with Connie Stevens).
Byrnes' character on 77 Sunset Strip became an immediate national teen sensation, prompting the producers to make Byrnes a regular cast member. They transformed Kookie from a hitman into a parking valet at Dino's Lodge who helped as a private investigator.
Byrnes appeared in episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Burke's Law and Kraft Suspense Theatre. He travelled to Yugoslavia where he was one of several names in Roger Corman's war film The Secret Invasion (1964).
Byrnes worked mostly in TV: episodes of Mannix, Love, American Style, The Virginian, Adam-12, and The Pathfinders. He was also in the TV movies The Silent Gun (1969) and The Gift of Terror. Byrnes was in the "Duo-Vision" horror film Wicked, Wicked in 1973, and as a TV interviewer in the David Essex film Stardust (1974).
One of his final roles was Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999).
Story Date: January 17, 2020