Edd Byrnes
American actor
Edd Byrnes
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".
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I have discovered the many joys of watching TV on DVDs - London Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Another favourite was 77 Sunset Strip with the duck-tailed Edd Byrnes as Kookie. Having defined the mystery genre as my program type of choice, I have now become my own TV programmer. My problem arose when I was not able to watch any show on a regular
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Less is more in animated short, app - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Among the actors up for the Kennedy role were Edd Byrnes (Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip); Peter Fonda, who objected to having to do his screen test with an impersonation of JFK's voice; Jeffrey Hunter; and Warren Beatty (who reportedly was Jacqueline
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Privés de télé ! – 3 - Libération
Google News - over 5 years
... et Roger Smith) avec leur adorable secrétaire française (Jacqueline Beer) et leur copain Kookie (Edd Byrnes) dans des épisodes eux aussi bourrés de Jazz et de talents comme Peter Lorre, Telly Savalas, Roger Moore, William Shatner, Lee Van Cleef…
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THEATER REVIEW; Cold War? What Cold War?
NYTimes - almost 9 years
If you're going to make a stage musical out of a television show, ''Happy Days'' is not a bad choice. All that cheerful white-bread 1950s innocence. All those instant audience associations with beloved characters and the actors who played them. The show won't ever win a Pulitzer Prize (or the musical-comedy equivalent), but the Goodspeed Opera
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Telling Tales Out of TV Land
NYTimes - almost 23 years
The barrage probably began in 1992 when Barry Williams, commonly known as Greg Brady, published his memoirs. "Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg" was a rich mine of trivia, filled with delicious details about Mr. Williams's off-screen necking with Maureen McCormick, who played his stepsister Marcia; his unrequited crush on Florence Henderson,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Edd Byrnes
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 80
    Byrnes appeared during the Memphis Film Festival in June 2014, in which he was reunited with his former Yellowstone Kelly co-star Clint Walker.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the launching of 77 Sunset Strip, he appeared in several episodes of Cheyenne.
  • 1996
    Age 62
    He wrote an autobiography in 1996 entitled Kookie No More.
    More Details Hide Details His son by Asa Maynor is Logan Byrnes, a television news anchor for Fox Connecticut since 2008.
  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 44
    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).
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  • 1974
    Age 40
    In 1974, Byrnes hosted the pilots of Wheel of Fortune.
    More Details Hide Details As a tribute to his enduring celebrity and his iconic "Kookie" character, Edd Byrnes has ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 39
    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).
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  • 1965
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Byrnes walked off the show in the second season demanding a bigger part and bigger pay; the producers eventually agreed. He appeared as a guest star in other WB series, including Lawman and Sugarfoot, in the latter with John Russell, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., and Will Wright in the 1958 season-premiere episode "Ring of Sand". Owing to restrictions in his Warner Brothers television contract, Byrnes was forced to turn down film roles in Ocean's Eleven (1960), Rio Bravo (1959), North to Alaska (1960) and The Longest Day (1962). However he appeared in the Warner Brothers films Darby's Rangers (1957; replacing Tab Hunter), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), Up Periscope and Yellowstone Kelly (both in 1959). He tested for the role of John F. Kennedy in PT 109 but President Kennedy preferred Cliff Robertson. Though a popular celebrity the years of unfortunate "Kookie" typecasting led Brynes to ultimately buy out his television contract with Warner Brothers to clear his way for films—though it was accomplished too late to allow Byrnes to capitalize on feature-length cinema projects based upon his established television series fame.
  • 1959
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The song also appeared on the Edd Byrnes album, entitled (what else) Kookie. He and Stevens appeared together on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on July 30, 1933.
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