Edward Byrnes

Highest Rated: 82% Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Actor Edward Byrnes broke into films around 1957, playing a few bits (he can be seen as one of Jimmy Piersall's buddies in the 1957 biopic Fear Strikes Out) and minor roles. Signed to a Warner Bros. contract, Byrnes connected with the public in the role of a punkish villain in Girl on the Run, the 90-minute pilot episode of 77 Sunset Strip. Audience response to the young actor was so overwhelmingly positive that he was signed as a regular for the Sunset Strip series proper. As hipster parking lot attendant Gerald Lloyd Kookson III, aka "Kookie," he skyrocketed to teen idoldom via the simple expedient of combing his hair at least once per episode. He went on to parlay this schtick into a Top 40 song hit, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb." During the second season of 77 Sunset Strip, Byrnes followed the example of fellow Warner contractees James Garner and Clint Walker, threatening to quit the series if he wasn't given more money and better scripts. Warners acquiesced to his demands: The studio also improved the social status of Byrnes' character on the series, promoting him to junior detective. After leaving the series in 1963, Byrnes moved to Europe, where he flourished as a star of spaghetti Westerns and espionage flicks. A pop-culture icon by the late '70s, Byrnes made occasional returns to Hollywood in such campy roles as Dick Clark-clone Vince Fontaine in Grease (1978). In addition, Ed Byrnes played "the Emcee" on the 1979 anthology series Sweepstakes, and in 1974, "Kookie" hosted the pilot episode of the evergreen quiz show Wheel of Fortune.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
8% Troop Beverly Hills Ross Coleman 1989
71% Back to the Beach Valet 1987
No Score Yet Mankillers Jake 1987
No Score Yet Erotic Images Actor 1985
No Score Yet Twirl Bobby Bennett 1981
75% Grease Vince Fontaine 1978
No Score Yet Stardust TV Interviewer 1974
No Score Yet Wicked, Wicked Hank Lassiter 1973
No Score Yet Any Gun Can Play (Vado... l'ammazzo e torno) Clayton 1968
No Score Yet The Secret Invasion Simon Fell 1964
No Score Yet Yellowstone Kelly Anse Harper 1959
No Score Yet Up Periscope Ash 1959
No Score Yet Darby's Rangers Lt. Arnold Dittman 1958
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Sandy Lamm 1958
No Score Yet Girl on the Run Actor 1958
No Score Yet Reform School Girl Vince (as Edward Byrnes 1957
82% Fear Strikes Out Actor 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Freddie Major Kenneth Rundle Sid Hooper
  • 1995
  • 1993
  • 1990
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Himself
  • 1992
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Bud Auerbach
  • 1983
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
The Kid Wes Fallon Hair-Combing Blacksmith
  • 1960
  • 1958
  • 1957

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