Friday, July 30, 2010

Keep Cool, Kookie

Incredible and unlikely as this may seem, Edd Byrnes, who played restaurant valet parker and aspiring private eye Gerald Lloyd “Kookie” Kookson III on the classic ABC-TV series 77 Sunset Strip, celebrates--appropriately--his 77th birthday today.

After completing his time on that 1958-1964 Roy Huggins-created detective drama, Byrnes went on to guest star in scores of other small-screen series, including Honey West, Mannix, Adam-12, Faraday and Company, Quincy, M.E., Simon & Simon, Crazy Like a Fox, and Murder, She Wrote. He also played a Dick Clark-like dance-show host in the 1978 film Grease. Yet audiences still seem to think of him first and foremost as the slick young hipster at Dino’s Restaurant, a fact he exploited well with the title of his 1998 autobiography, Kookie No More.

You can find more information, plus a whole lot of fan memorabilia all ready for purchasing, at Byrnes’ official Web site. And below, I’ve embedded a clip from 77 Sunset Strip featuring the slang-slinging Kookie and gumshoe Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.).

1 comment:

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am quite ill at the thought of a 77 year old Kookie.