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Bold and 77 Sunset Strip star Edd Byrnes dies at 87 due to natural causes

Bold and 77 Sunset Strip star Edd Byrnes dies at 87 due to natural causes

  • Byrnes played the role of Vince Fontaine in the musical hit of 1978
  • At the age of 45 he performed a forehand during a dance series
  • Byrnes played Kookie in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip from 1958-1964
  • He and Connie Stevens had the hit single Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)

Actor Edd Byrnes died of natural causes on Wednesday at the age of 87 in his home in Santa Monica, TMZ reported.

“It is with deep sorrow that I share the death of my father Edd Byrnes with you,” his son Logan said on Twitter on Thursday. “He was a wonderful man and one of my best friends.”

Byrnes appeared in the hit Grease and played the role of Vince Fontaine, the host of the National Bandstand dance competition.

The latest news: Fat actor Edd Byrnes died of natural causes on Wednesday at the age of 87 in his home in Santa Monica

The latest news: Fat actor Edd Byrnes died of natural causes on Wednesday at the age of 87 in his home in Santa Monica

In the 1978 film – in which he appeared at the age of 45 – Byrnes’ character Vince Fontaine achieved an impressive performance with a forehand during a dance series with John Travolta and the cast.

He also caught a microphone and continued to perform, all in a tight-fitting suit.

Byrnes had a long Hollywood career and played roles such as the heartbreaking Kookie in the ABC show 77 Sunset Strip from 1958-1964.

The show, starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith as private eyes, initially showed Byrnes’ character Gerald “Kookie” Lloyd Kookson III as a servant who worked in a neighboring restaurant on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, and later as a junior private eye.

Sad day: Edd's son Logan shared the announcement on Twitter on Thursday

Sad day: Edd's son Logan shared the announcement on Twitter on Thursday

Sad day: Edd’s son Logan shared the announcement on Twitter on Thursday

Showman: In the 1978 film - in which Byrnes appeared at the age of 45 - Byrnes' character Vince Fontaine achieved an impressive performance with a forehand during a dance series with John Travolta and the cast

Showman: In the 1978 film - in which Byrnes appeared at the age of 45 - Byrnes' character Vince Fontaine achieved an impressive performance with a forehand during a dance series with John Travolta and the cast

Showman: In the 1978 film – in which Byrnes appeared at the age of 45 – Byrnes’ character Vince Fontaine achieved an impressive performance with a forehand during a dance series with John Travolta and the cast

Legacy: Byrnes had a long and prosperous Hollywood career and played roles such as the heartbreaking Kookie in the television program 77 Sunset Strip from 1958-1964

Legacy: Byrnes had a long and prosperous Hollywood career and played roles such as the heartbreaking Kookie in the television program 77 Sunset Strip from 1958-1964

Legacy: Byrnes had a long and prosperous Hollywood career and played roles such as the heartbreaking Kookie in the television program 77 Sunset Strip from 1958-1964

Byrnes became an outbreaker in the show and a teenage idol, at one point he received 15,000 weekly letters from fans, the New York Times reported.

He also recorded a duet with Connie Stevens, inspired by the character called Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb), a reference to his character’s characteristic comb.

The number reached Billboard’s number four spot in 1959 in a 13-week run on the chart and turned gold.

The highbrow and the hipster: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, Byrnes and Louis Quinn were seen in this episode of 7759 in 1959 Strip.

The highbrow and the hipster: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, Byrnes and Louis Quinn were seen in this episode of 7759 in 1959 Strip.

The highbrow and the hipster: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, Byrnes and Louis Quinn were seen in this episode of 7759 in 1959 Strip.

Popular: Byrnes also recorded a duet with Connie Stevens inspired by Kookie called Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb), a reference to the characteristic combing of his character through his hair

Popular: Byrnes also recorded a duet with Connie Stevens inspired by Kookie called Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb), a reference to the characteristic combing of his character through his hair

Popular: Byrnes also recorded a duet with Connie Stevens inspired by Kookie called Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb), a reference to the characteristic combing of his character through his hair

Focused: After his turn as Fontaine in 1978's Grease, he appeared on TV shows including The Love Boat, CHiPs, Charlie's Angels and Fantasy Island

Focused: After his turn as Fontaine in 1978's Grease, he appeared on TV shows including The Love Boat, CHiPs, Charlie's Angels and Fantasy Island

Focused: After his turn as Fontaine in 1978’s Grease, he appeared on TV shows including The Love Boat, CHiPs, Charlie’s Angels and Fantasy Island

Byrnes then appeared on TV hits from the 1960s, including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Mannix, and shows from the 1970s such as Adam-12 and Love, American Style.

After his turn as Fontaine in 1978’s Grease, he appeared on TV shows including The Love Boat, CHiPs, Charlie’s Angels, Mr. Belvedere, Fantasy Island and Married … with Children.

He is survived by son Logan and partner Cathrine Gross.

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