Edd Byrnes, who played Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and appeared in the 1978 movie “Grease,” has died at 87.
His son, Logan Byrnes, says Byrnes died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California.
Born to a poor New York City family, Byrnes came to Los Angeles in 1955 and a few years later hit fame as Kookie, a hip parking attendant who helped L.A. private detectives solve cases.
His teen idol fame also led to a hit record called “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)."
Byrnes played National Dance-Off host Vince Fontaine in "Grease."
TEGNA Staff contributed to this report.