Edd Byrnes, iconic actor of yesteryears dies at age 87 at his home in California!
He was the best friend of news anchor Logan Byrnes. He was his father Edd Byrnes who is no more. Edd died at the ripe old age of 87 at his home in California. Logan took to Twitter to announce the sad news.
Logan Byrnes announces the death of his father Edd Byrnes
News, anchor took to Twitter to announce to the world and his fans that his father actor Edd Byrnes has died. For Logan, Edd was his best friend. Logan tweeted:
“It is with profound sadness and grief that I share with you the passing of my father Edd Byrnes. He was an amazing man and one of my best friends.”
“His is the story of an ambitious young kid who, in his 20s drove out to Hollywood from New York City with a few hundred dollars and a dream of making it big in the entertainment business.
“He soon landed a starring role on the wildly popular TV series 77 Sunset Strip as the cool-talking Kookie. He went on to star in dozens of motion pictures and television series popular around the world, including playing the suave and debonair Vince Fontaine in Grease.”
Edd Byrnes and his breakthrough role
The actor Edd shot to fame when he played Kookie in the drama 77 Sunset Strip in the late 1950s. Kookie was, a, smooth parking valet who becomes a private detective and won the hearts of millions especially the young audience. Kookie’s character used to comb his hair constantly and had a slick style. This character inspired Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Dalton, in the award-winning film of Quentin Tarantino-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Quentin Tarantino talks the character
Talking about the role of Dalton, last summer Quentin had said:
“So he’s a bit like George Maharis, he’s a bit like Edd Byrnes, he’s a bit like Tab Hunter, he’s a bit like Fabian, he’s a bit like Vince Edwards. These are all guys that were […] a certain kind of leading man that were handsome, and most of them were kinda rugged.
“They spent their careers running pocket combs through their pompadours.”
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Edd had a contract with Warner Bros and hence could not take up a vital role in the 1960 movie Ocean’s 11 with the Rat Pack. Realizing that his choices got limited due to the contract, Edd came out of it. He did more films and then in late 1960s returned to television. Edd was host of the pilot program of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune. But was not selected for a permanent host position.
Edd had married actress Asa Maynor in 1962. The couple shares a son Logan who is now 54. But they divorced in 1971.
Source: The Sun UK