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SpouseAsa Maynor
FactWas a taxi driver in the late 1940s and was fired for doing push-ups during his break.

Edd Byrnes is an American actor, best known for his starring role in the television series 77 Sunset Strip.

Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger in New York City, the son of a German-born father, Frederick Charles Breitenberger, and an Irish-American mother, Gladys (née McNulty). He has two sisters, Joan and Nancy.

Byrnes was raised in Queens, New York. He attended P.S. 40 in Woodside, Queens, and then the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan.

Byrnes began his acting career in the 1950s, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions. He made his television debut in an episode of The Phil Silvers Show.

Byrnes’ breakout role came in 1958, when he was cast as Kookie, the parking lot attendant on 77 Sunset Strip. The show was a huge hit, and Byrnes’ character became a pop culture icon.

Byrnes appeared in a number of films during the 1960s, including Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961).

In the 1970s, Byrnes starred in the short-lived television series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. He also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies.

In the 1980s, Byrnes appeared in guest roles on such television shows as Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, and Simon & Simon.

In 1987, Byrnes made a cameo appearance in the film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! as himself.

In the 1990s, Byrnes appeared in guest roles on such television shows as Diagnosis: Murder, Burke’s Law, and The Love Boat. He also appeared in the films Grease 2 (1982) and Spy Hard (1996).

Byrnes has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Asa Maynor from 1959 to 1960. His second marriage was to actress Catherine Bach from 1972 to 1977. His third marriage is to actress Linda Evans, with whom he has been married since 1991.

Byrnes has three children: a son, Dylan, and two daughters, Caitlin and Brittany.

Byrnes has had a number of health issues in recent years. In 2009, he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his kidney. In 2013, he suffered a stroke.

Byrnes currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Full NameEdd Byrnes


SpouseAsa Maynor
ChildrenLogan Byrnes
SiblingsJo-Ann Breitenberger, Vincent Breitenberger


NominationsGrammy Award for Best New Artist
MoviesGrease, Yellowstone Kelly, The Secret Invasion, Any Gun Can Play, Troop Beverly Hills, Renegade Riders, Up Periscope, Beach Ball, Mankillers, Wicked, Wicked, Reform School Girl, Marjorie Morningstar, Darby's Rangers, Johnny Trouble, Back to the Beach, Life Begins at 17, Girl on the Run, Stardust, Th...
TV Shows77 Sunset Strip, Sweepstakes

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1Hock shops bring back unhappy memories.


1In the 1950s he and Troy Donahue "sneaked" through each other's fan mail to see who got the most. In the early 1980s they reunited and helped each other get sober. They have both stayed sober ever since .
2Was a taxi driver in the late 1940s and was fired for doing push-ups during his break.
3In July 2002 he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, NC, along with Donna Douglas, Alex Cord, Johnny Duncan, Peggy Stewart, Jean Porter, Steve Mitchell and Kevin Greaves.
4On 1/23/05 he was ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" /.
5In 1975, Merv Griffin hired Edd to host a new game-show called Wheel of Fortune (1983). Two half-hour pilots were filmed. NBC bought the show but didn't want Byrnes as host. Griffin replaced him with Chuck Woolery (who was later replaced with Pat Sajak).
6Father of Logan Byrnes, a news anchor for FOX's affiliate in Hartford, CT.




Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story1999TV MovieBobby Icovella
Unhappily Ever After1997TV SeriesEdd Byrnes
Murder, She Wrote1990-1995TV SeriesKenneth Rundle / Freddie Major / Sid Hooper
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1995TV SeriesManley Combs
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesCassidy
Empty Nest1991TV SeriesM.C.
Mr. Belvedere1990TV SeriesThe Emcee
Troop Beverly Hills1989Ross Coleman
Party Line1988Maitre d' (as Ed Byrnes)
Rags to Riches1987TV SeriesEmcee
Throb1987TV SeriesBobby Catalina
Mankillers1987Jack Marra
Back to the Beach1987Valet
Simon & Simon1984-1986TV SeriesSteve Yellen / Barry L. Fastman / Howard Hunk
Crazy Like a Fox1986TV Series
The Master1984TV SeriesLt. Kyle
Erotic Images1983Logan Roberts
Quincy M.E.1983TV SeriesBud Auerbach
Fantasy Island1978-1982TV SeriesAl Henshaw / Ron Barker / Nona's escort / ...
The Love Boat1982TV SeriesArchie Phillips
Twirl1981TV MovieBobby Bennett
Vega$1978-1981TV SeriesBilly Brogan / Johnny Crystal
Charlie's Angels1981TV SeriesTed Burton
House Calls1980TV Series
B.J. and the Bear1979-1980TV SeriesCharlie Broler / Jason T. Rockman
CHiPs1980TV SeriesAndy
California Fever1979TV SeriesFrank
$weepstake$1979TV SeriesThe Emcee
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1978TV SeriesPaul Owens / Hans Monckton
Sword of Justice1978TV SeriesReager
Grease1978Vince Fontaine
Telethon1977TV MovieCharlie Burton
Police Woman1976TV SeriesBilly Dodge
Police Story1975TV SeriesSergeant Dole
Mobile Two1975TV MovieRoger Brice
Thriller1975TV SeriesEddie Vallance
Stardust1974TV Interviewer
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesJohn Trask
Faraday and Company1973TV SeriesGus Pollard
Wicked, Wicked1973Henry Peter 'Hank' Lassiter
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1973TV SeriesLes Parker
The Pathfinders1972TV SeriesFlight Lieutenant Logan Crossley
Alias Smith and Jones1972TV SeriesWillard Riley
Adam-121972TV SeriesSkinner
The Virginian1971TV SeriesAlex Newell
Love, American Style1970TV SeriesSteve (segment "Love and the Pick-Up")
The Silent Gun1969TV MovieJoe Henning
Mannix1969TV SeriesClay / Harry McCloy
Professionals for a Massacre1967Chattanooga Jim
Any Gun Can Play1967Clayton - the Banker
Renegade Riders1967Stuart
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1967TV SeriesTommy Bear
Honey West1966TV SeriesRobin Hood
Mister Roberts1966TV SeriesRodney Stone
Beach Ball1965Dick Martin
Burke's Law1965TV SeriesDavey Carr
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesBill Colbert
The Secret Invasion1964Simon Fell - Forger
Kookie & Co.1964TV MovieKookie
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesPaul Perry
77 Sunset Strip1958-1963TV SeriesKookie / Gerald Kookson III / Kevin Smiley
Hawaiian Eye1960-1962TV SeriesKookie
Surfside 61962TV SeriesKookie
Lawman1958-1960TV SeriesJoe Knox / Lacy Hawks
Maverick1957-1960TV SeriesStableboy / Wes Fallon / The Kid
Yellowstone Kelly1959Anse Harper (as Edward Byrnes)
Up Periscope1959Pharmacist Mate Ash (as Edward Byrnes)
Girl on the Run1958Kenneth Smiley (as Edward Byrnes)
Sugarfoot1958TV SeriesBorden
Life Begins at 171958Jim Barker
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna1958TV SeriesPhil Ellsworth
Marjorie Morningstar1958Sandy Lamm (as Edward Byrnes)
Colt .451958TV SeriesFrank Wilson Jr.
Darby's Rangers1958Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)
The Deep Six1958Rescue Seaman (voice, uncredited)
Cheyenne1957-1958TV SeriesBenji Danton / Clay Rafferty
Johnny Trouble1957Elliott (as Edward Byrnes)
Reform School Girl1957Vince (as Edward Byrnes)
Telephone Time1957TV SeriesRadio Announcer
Fear Strikes Out1957Boy in Car Assisting Jimmy Up Stairway (uncredited)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1956-1957TV SeriesEli
Navy Log1957TV SeriesPilot #2
Wire Service1956TV SeriesBob
Crossroads1956TV Series2nd Soldier


Sunset Strip2012Documentary performer: "Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" written by nm0852477
Married with Children1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Best of Bandstand1986Video documentary performer: "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" - as Edward Byrnes
The Jo Stafford Show1961TV Series performer - 1 episode


Sunset Strip2012DocumentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee / Kookie
Married with Children1992TV SeriesHimself
Na sowas!1986TV SeriesHimself
Best of Bandstand1986Video documentaryHimself
Our Time1985TV SeriesHimself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Wheel of Fortune1975TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1965TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Panelist
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jo Stafford Show1961TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Recipient

Archive Footage

Bridge of Spies2015Kookie (uncredited)
Love Letters in the Sands of Time2010TV MovieHimself
20 to 12007TV Series documentaryVince Fontaine
Thriller: The Restoration2005Video shortEddie Vallance
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

1963Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

2nd Place Awards

1965Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)
1964Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

3rd Place Awards

1966Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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