Edd Byrnes

Edd Byrnes

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 Jan 2020 (aged 86)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 206094922 · View Source
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American Actor and Recording Artist. Born Edward Byrne Breitenberger, he was a star of film and television who will best be remembered for his starring role as "Kookie" on the television series, '77 Sunset Strip.' In 1959, a song titled "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)," recorded by Byrnes and Connie Stevens, would become a hit and chart at #4. A native of New York City, he developed an interest in performing and after high school landed several roles in summer-stock. In 1955 at age 22, he set out for Los Angeles, where he landed a number of minor parts, one of which he was cast as a killer who compulsively combed his hair in 1958's 'Girl on the Run,' which served as the pilot for '77 Sunset Strip.' He also appeared in such films as 'Johnny Trouble' (1957), 'Darby's Rangers' (1958), 'Marjorie Morningstar' (1958), 'Up Periscope' (1959), 'The Secret Invasion' (1964), 'Beach Ball' (1965), 'Stardust (1974), 'Grease' (1978), 'Back to the Beach' (1987) and 'Troop Beverly Hills' (1989). Aside from his starring role on '77 Sunset Strip,' among other television shows and series the prolific actor appeared in were 'Maverick,' 'Lawman,' 'Hawaiian Eye,' 'Honey West, ' 'Love, American Style,' 'The Virginian,' 'Marcus Welby, M.D.,' 'Police Story,' '$weepstake$,' 'Vega$,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'Simon & Simon' and 'Murder, She Wrote.' Byrnes, who last appeared in a 1999 made-for-television movie, 'Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story,' died of natural causes.

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