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Also Known As: Edward Byrne Breitenberger, Ed Byrnes, 'Kookie' Byrnes, Edward Byrnes, Edward Byrnes Died:
Born: July 30, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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During the late 1950s and early 60s, Edd Byrnes was a bona fide TV star, receiving in excess of 15,000 fan letters a week. As Gerald Lloyd 'Kookie' Kookson III, the jive-talking, ultra-cool parking lot attendant, on the hit ABC series "77 Sunset Strip," the actor created one of the nascent medium's better known characters. Byrnes, however, was unable to translate his small screen success into a lasting career. Despite periodic "comebacks," he has seemingly been relegated to the status of an answer to a trivia question.

During the late 1950s and early 60s, Edd Byrnes was a bona fide TV star, receiving in excess of 15,000 fan letters a week. As Gerald Lloyd 'Kookie' Kookson III, the jive-talking, ultra-cool parking lot attendant, on the hit ABC series "77 Sunset Strip," the actor created one of the nascent medium's better known characters. Byrnes, however, was unable to translate his small screen success into a lasting career. Despite periodic "comebacks," he has seemingly been relegated to the status of an answer to a trivia question.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Ross Coleman
2.
 Mankillers (1987) Jake
3.
 Twirl (1981) Bobby Bennett
4.
 Vega$ (1978) Johnny Crystal
5.
 Grease (1978) Vince Fontaine
6.
 Telethon (1977) Charlie Barton
7.
 Stardust (1975) Tv Interviewer
8.
 Mobile Two (1975) Roger Brice
9.
 Wicked, Wicked (1973) Hank Lassiter
10.
 Any Gun Can Play (1968) Clayton
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1955:
Moved to Hollywood
1956:
Screen debut, "Fear Strikes Out"
1957:
Breakthrough screen role in "Reform School Girls"
1958:
Appeared in the ABC TV special "Girl on the Run"; the pilot for "77 Sunset Strip"; played character named Kenneth Smiley
1958:
Played regular role of parking lot attendent (later private detective) Gerald 'Kookie' Kookson on "77 Sunset Strip" (ABC)
1959:
Had hit record, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb", recorded with Connie Stevens
1969:
TV-movie debut, "The Silent Gun" (ABC)
1978:
Returned to features as disc jockey Vince Fontaine in "Grease"
1979:
Was series regular as the emcee of the lottery on the short-lived NBC anthology series "Sweepstakes"
1989:
Last screen appearance to date, "Troop Beverly Hills"
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Education

Harren High School: -

Notes

During his career, he has been variously billed as Edward Byrnes and Edd Byrnes.

"I never was the character I portrayed on the series, although I was identified that way." --Byrnes to People Online, July 1997.

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wife:
Asa Maynor. Actor. Swedish; married in 1962; divorced in 1971.

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son:
Logan Byrnes. Lawyer. Born c. 1965.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Edd Byrnes: 'Kookie' No More" Barricade Books

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