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Edd Byrnes, Grease and 77 Sundown Strip star, useless at 87

Edd Byrnes has died. He was 87.

The “Grease” and “77 Sunset Strip” star died unexpectedly of pure causes on Wednesday at his Santa Monica, Calif., dwelling, a press release, shared by his son, Logan Byrnes, mentioned.

“His is the story of an formidable younger child who, in his 20s drove out to Hollywood from New York Metropolis with a number of hundred {dollars} and a dream of constructing it large within the leisure enterprise,” learn the discharge.

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It continued: “He quickly landed a starring function on the wildly common TV sequence ’77 Sundown Strip’ because the cool-talking ‘Kookie.’ He went on to star in dozens of movement photos and tv sequence common world wide, together with enjoying the suave and debonaire Vince Fontaine in ‘Grease.'”

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The late actor’s profession features a handful of film and tv credit equivalent to: “The Secret Invasion,” “Stardust,” “Yellowstone Kelly,” “Troop Beverly Hills,” “Charlies Angels,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Maverick,” “Cheyenne,” “Surfside 6,” “Homicide She Wrote,” and “Married With Kids.”

Edd Byrnes attends Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2018 at Hilton Parsippany on April 28, 2018 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)

Edd Byrnes attends Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2018 at Hilton Parsippany on April 28, 2018 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photograph by Bobby Financial institution/Getty Pictures)

Edd additionally hosted two pilot episodes of “Wheel of Fortune” in the early to mid-1970s. He earned a gold document for the music “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb.”

As a tribute to his enduring superstar and his iconic “Kookie” character, he ranked No. 5 within the “TV Information” checklist of “TV’s 25 Greatest Teen Idols.”

Edd Byrnes as National Bandstand host Vince Fontaine in the Paramount musical 'Grease', 1978. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)

Edd Byrnes as Nationwide Bandstand host Vince Fontaine within the Paramount musical ‘Grease’, 1978. (Photograph by Paramount Footage/Getty Pictures)

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Edd leaves behind his son, Logan, a KUSI and former FOX LA anchor; his former spouse, Asa Maynor; longtime companion Catherine Gross and their beloved maltipoo, Marlowe.

Fox Information’ Julius Younger contributed to this report