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From 1958 to 1963, he co-starred with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. It made stars of both men and a teen heartthrob out of Edd Byrnes, who played a colorful parking lot attendant named Kookie.“77 Sunset Strip” had been created by producer-writer Roy Huggins, who also created “Maverick,” and it spawned a host of spinoffs and knockoffs, including “Hawaiian Eye,” “Surfside 6” and “Bourbon Street Beat.”Smith told the Los Angeles Times that the series aimed to show that private investigators were well-trained, serious men, and not the movie and TV stereotype with “dangling cigarettes and large chips on their shoulders.” He was chosen for the part because “I don’t look like a detective.”But the show had its glamorous side, too.
In its Encyclopedia of Television, the Museum of Broadcast Communications said the show revived the crime drama and became “the epicenter of hipness on television, a sun-drenched world of cocktails, cool jazz and convertibles.”Then Smith was hospitalized after falling down at home and losing consciousness.
LOS ANGELES - Actor Roger Smith, who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on “77 Sunset Strip,” has died. Jack Gilardi, who is the agent of Smith’s widow, actress Ann-Margret, said the actor died Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital after battling a terminal illness.
Smith had battled the nerve disease myasthenia gravis for many years.
Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86.
Howard announced his father's passing Saturday, Nov. He appeared in several of Ron Howard's films, including "Apollo 13," ''A Beautiful Mind," ''Splash," ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ''Parenthood" and "Grand Theft Auto," along with other film and television series credits.
Petty was found unconscious Sunday night at his home in Malibu. Monty Hall, longtime host of "Let's Make a Deal." The popular game show host has died after a long illness at age 96. The Playboy magazine founder died at his home of natural causes on Sept. 16, 2017, at her Boulder, Colo., home following complications from a stroke, her children announced Sunday through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner. Legendary character actor Stanton has died at age 91. Kelly said Stanton died of natural causes, but gave no further details. Foray's niece, Robin Thaler, said Thursday, July 27, 2017, that Foray died in a Los Angeles hospital of cardiac arrest. Actor John Heard poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2006 in Park City, Utah.
Troy Gentry, of the country band Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a New Jersey helicopter crash Sept 8, 2017 just before he was set to perform. Here he performs at the 2nd Annual Academy of Country Music USO Concert at Nellis Air Force Base April 2, 2011 in Las Vegas. 29, 2011 file photo, actor Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York. 15, 2013 file photo, June Foray arrives at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the then Nokia Theatre L. Heard, who played the father figure in the Home Alone films died on July 22, 2017 at the age of 72.
President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with his national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, as he presents Brzezinski with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony in Washington on Jan. Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Carter, has died at age 89.
His death was announced on social media, May 26, 2017, by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.