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Edd Brynes dies at 87

Edd Brynes Bio: Early life,Education,Career,Personal life,Death

Early life

Byrnes, was born July 30 1932 in New York City. Initially he was named Edward Byrne Breitenberger but dropped his last name in honor of his grandfather, Edward Bryne, who was a fire man. He went to Haaren High School.


Brynes began his acting career in 1956 at a Summer Stock Theater Company in Connecticut, The Litchfield Community Playhouse, where he acted in some of their plays. He also got casted for the Crossroads

In 1957,Brynes moved to Hollywood where he go a role in a local stage production of Tea and Sympathy. In that same year,he appeared in episodes of The Adventures of Jim Bowie ,got casted in the film Fear Strikes Out, had a supporting role in Warner Bros film Johnny Trouble , signed a three-year contract with John Carroll of Clarion Pictures and also got signed to Warner bros in May, after being a guest In an episode of Cheyenne.

Brynes started off in Warner Bros with a comic role in the Deep Six 1958.He also appeared as Benji Danton on Cheyenne in the The Last Comanchero episode.

That same year he appeared in a number of films including: Marjorie Morningstar , Life Begins at 17 and as a guest star in Maverick, The Deputy just to name a few.

Edd however came to prominence from his role as Kookie in the hit series 77 Sunset Strip. Initially, 77 Sunset Strip went by the name Girl On The Run and was a pilot  for a detective show starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr.  Brynes had played a contract killer, Kenneth Smiley,but his character got transformed to a parking valet at a Dinos Lodge who helped as a private investigator after Warner turned the show into the Tv Series 77 Sunset Strip. It was during this time Brynes decided to change his name from Edward to Edd.

77 Sunset Strip. Edd Brynes on the far right.

In 1959 Edd and Warner bros got into a disagreement in regards to his pay and him demanding more involvement in the show Yellowstone Kelly.This made him get suspended in November but in April 1960,they came to terms and Brynes returned to work. 

Owing to restrictions in his Warner Brothers television contract, Byrnes was forced to turn down film roles in Ocean’s Eleven (1960), Rio Bravo (1959), North to Alaska (1960), and The Longest Day (1962). 

In  August 1963 Byrnes bought up the remaining ten months of his contract with Warner Bros. He went on to appear in so many films and one of his final roles was Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999).

Personal life 

Brynes was married to actress Asa Maynor from 1962 but the marriage ended in divorce in 1971. He had two siblings; Jo-Ann and Vincent Breitenberger.

He is survived by his partner Catherine Gross and his son Logan Brynes ,a television news anchor for KYSI-TV news in San Diego from his previous marriage with Asa Maynor.


He died of natural causes causes on January 8 2020.





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