Grease star Edd Byrnes passes away at age 87

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LOS ANGELES – JUNE 16: The movie “Grease”, directed by Randal Kleiser. Seen here from left, Dinah Manoff as Marty Maraschino and Edd Byrnes as Vince Fontaine. Initial theatrical release of the film, June 16, 1978. Screen capture. Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, California (WJW) – Grease star Edd Byrnes has died at the age of 87.

The news was announced by his son late Thursday.

Edd Byrnes famously played Vince Fontaine, a dance show host at Rydell High School.

He also had a starring role in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and earned a gold record for the song “Kookie Kookie lend me your comb,” according to his son.

His son, Logan, is a news anchor at KUSI.

In a Facebook post, he said his dad’s story was about “an ambitious young kid who drove out to Hollywood from New York City, in his 20’s with a few hundred dollars and a dream of making it big in the entertainment business.”

Logan says he died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica.

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