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.

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The actor launched his career in the 1950s when James Cagney spotted him and recommended him for films.

He survived two serious illnesses to have a second career after "77 Sunset Strip" as the manager of his second wife, Ann-Margret.

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According to Elaine Dundy, "it was agony for her to leave her child even for a moment with anyone else, to let anyone else touch Elvis." Presley himself said, "My mama never let me out of her sight.

I couldn't go down to the creek with the other kids." His father, Vernon Presley, talked about Elvis's close relationship to his mother "after his son became famous, almost as if it were a source of wonder that anyone could be that close." During Presley's rising career, Gladys became despairing, depressed and lonely and began to neglect her health. She had wanted Elvis to succeed, "but not so that he would be apart from her.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 fought the nerve disease myasthenia gravis for many years.She is one of the top stars in the Zach Braff-helmed film, which tells the story of three old-aged pensioners who decide to rob a bank as they have been reduced to eating dog food due to their lack of cash.The former model, who has a million Instagram followers and around half that on Twitter, also mocked social media, saying: 'If you star in a show with a big, obsessive teen audience, you'll get millions of followers, but no-one else will have heard of you. We’re more used to seeing her in stunning designer gowns on the red carpet, but Amanda Seyfried can still look gorgeous when she’s on the job.before a neuromuscular disease ended his acting career in his 30s, has died. Smith, who went on to manage the career of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years, died Sunday at Sherman Oaks Hospital, a representative for the actress told , Smith portrayed Jeff Spencer, one-half of a breezy detective pair who solved crimes and chased women while working out of their ultra-hip offices on the Sunset Strip. (The real-life Hollywood nightclub, owned by Dean Martin, served as the actual backdrop in the show.) From its jazzy, finger-snapping theme by Mack David and Jerry Livingston to the teen idol popularity of Byrnes' character, captured the cultural zeitgeist of the era during its six-season run from 1958-64.