Edd Byrnes

Born Jul 30, 1933

This article concerns the actor. For the actor/director, see Edward Burns. For the Irish comedian, see Ed Byrne. Edd Byrnes is an American actor 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 a single-charted recording artist with "Kookie, Kookie -- Lend Me Your Comb".… Read More

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1933 Birth Born on July 30, 1933.


1960 26 Years Old Kookie's constant on screen tending of his ducktail haircut led to many jokes among comedians of the time, and resulted in the 1960 charted 'rap' style recording (8 weeks), "Kookie, Kookie--Lend Me Your Comb", recorded with actress and recording artist Connie Stevens, and which reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. … Read More
1961 27 Years Old During the run of the 77 Sunset Strip series, Byrnes, as the "Kookie" character, was an extremely popular celebrity (Elvis Presley-level national attention), and Byrnes received fan mail volume that reached 15,000 letters a week, according to Picture Magazine in 1961, and rivaled most early rock recording stars in the day. … Read More


1964 30 Years Old Byrnes travelled to Europe where he made several films. He was featured as one of the convict commandos in 1964 in Roger Corman's The Secret Invasion.
1965 31 Years Old In 1965 he played Dick Martin in Beach Ball, then returned to Europe for several spaghetti westerns. … Read More


1978 44 Years Old He played the role of the Dick Clark-like dance-show host Vince Fontaine, host of National Bandstand, in the 1978 movie Grease, and Ross Coleman in 1989 in Troop Beverly Hills. … Read More


1996 62 Years Old Byrnes wrote an autobiography in 1996 entitled Kookie No More. … Read More
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