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Edd Byrnes, Who Starred in '77 Sunset Strip' and 'Grease,' Passes Away at 87

Gracious Egedegbe
Jan 10, 2020
08:34 A.M.

Edd Byrnes, the actor who brought a lot of joy and happiness to families and homes with his loveable characters on TV and movies, is dead. He was 87.

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It's a sad day in Hollywood, as the entertainment industry loses one of its brightest stars, Edd Barnes. He passed away at 87, and his son, Logan Byrnes, broke the news on Twitter writing,

"It is with profound sadness and grief that I share with you the passing of my father, Edd Byrnes."

Edd Byrnes attends Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2018 at Hilton Parsippany on April 28, 2018 in Parsippany, New Jersey | Photo: Getty Images

Edd Byrnes attends Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2018 at Hilton Parsippany on April 28, 2018 in Parsippany, New Jersey | Photo: Getty Images

He added,

"He was an amazing man and one of my best friends."

The actor's son attached a black and white photo from Edd's younger days and a clipping of a press release. It stated that the deceased passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 8th.

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He died of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica, California. The briefing described the deceased as an "Ambitious young kid" who began his career in Hollywood in his early 20s.

Born in 1933, in New York City, he left his hometown with nothing but a few dollars in his pocket and dreams in his heart. He dreamt of making it big in the entertainment industry and did just that.

Edd Byrnes attends 54th Annual Golden Apple Awards on December 11, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Edd Byrnes attends 54th Annual Golden Apple Awards on December 11, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Fortune indeed favored his bravery, and he landed a role on "77 Sunset Strip." Edd portrayed the smooth-talking "Kookie," and the success of the movie launched his career.

The actor went on to star in several movies and TV productions, including "Grease." According to the New York Times, the dad-of-one taught himself to act, and his success is thanks to his perseverance and hard work.

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Actor Edd Byrnes participates in The 2011 Fall Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Saturday October 9, 2011 in Burbank, California | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Edd Byrnes participates in The 2011 Fall Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Saturday October 9, 2011 in Burbank, California | Photo: Getty Images

Edd leaves behind Logan, his ex-wife, Asa Maynor, and his longtime partner, Catherine Gross. While he did not get classified as an A-list celebrity, the actor lived a contented life and died a happy man.

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