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Edd Byrnes, star of 'Grease' and '77 Sunset Strip,' dead at 87

Byrnes earned fame as Kookie, a hip parking attendant who helped L.A. private detectives solve cases in "77 Sunset Strip."

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.

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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.