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.


1959 25 Years Old Kookie's constant onscreen tending of his ducktail haircut led to many jokes among comedians of the time, and resulted in the 1959 charted 'rap' style recording (13 weeks), "Kookie, Kookie—Lend Me Your Comb", recorded with actress and recording artist Connie Stevens, and which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. … Read More
1961 27 Years Old During the run of 77 Sunset Strip, Byrnes, as the "Kookie" character, was a 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, including the 1967 films Renegade Riders, Any Gun Can Play and Red Blood, Yellow Gold.
1973 39 Years Old Since then he has appeared in many television programs and movies, including the "Duo-Vision" horror film Wicked, Wicked in 1973, and as a TV interviewer in the David Essex film Stardust (1974).


1974 40 Years Old In 1974, Byrnes hosted the pilots of Wheel of Fortune. … 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 also appeared in Mankillers (1987), Back to the Beach (1987) and Troop Beverly Hills (1989).


1996 62 Years Old He wrote an autobiography in 1996 entitled Kookie No More. … Read More
2014 80 Years Old Byrnes appeared during the Memphis Film Festival in June 2014, in which he was reunited with his former Yellowstone Kelly co-star Clint Walker. … Read More
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