He was television's first hispter. Edd Byrnes (boen Edward Byrne Breitenberger combed his way to stardom as "Kookie" on the ABC television series, 77 Sunset Strip. He passed away this January at he age of 87.
Brynes was featured in the pilot episode of Sunset Strip, not as comedy relief, but as the billain. What's more his character, Gerald LLyod Kookson, was killed off in that pilot episode. But so strong was the viewer response to the character that Warners brought him back from the dead and rehabillitated him. Series' star, Emphram Zimbalist, Jr. explained it all to viewers in a special filmed introduction for the episode where they brought the character back. Kookie, as he was often called, was now parking cars for Dean Martin's restaurant, Dino's, right next store to 77 Sunset Strip. Eventually, he left the parkig lot and joined the firm as a full-fledged detective himself.
Beisdes his hipster slang, Kookie's other main trait was the attention he paid to his hairstyle. Both qualities were combined in a novelty record released at the height of hi fame. "Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" featured Byrnes and another Warner Brothers actor with teen appeal, Connie Stevens. The record (you can't really call it a song as it was mostly spoken, not sung) sold over a million copies, reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and gave the world the phrase, "Baby, you're the ginchiest!"
Following the end of 77 Sunset Strip, Byrnes never reached the same heights of popularity, but continued to find work in movies and tv shows. He had another shot of fame when he was cast as lecherous disc jockey Vince Fontaine in the movie version of Grease.