Edd Byrne's of Grease and 77 Sunset Strip fame warns, "Never take an ex-girlfriend to Las Vegas". That's the first thing Edd says in his memoir My Casino Caper about winning 3 million dollars in Las Vegas in 1977. And then being a man says, "Hey, that's my machine. I had my chair leaning against it, so that's my jackpot."
Not only did Edd have that problem, but his ex-girlfriend started demanding half of his jackpot because she pushed him to make the maximum bet in order for him to win the 3 million.
You know Edd Byrnes from the John Travolta movie Grease where he played Vince Fontaine, the star of "National Bandstand" for the dance contest scene. Or if you were around in the 60's he became a household name playing "Kookie" on TV's 77 Sunset Strip. His recording of Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb, earned him a gold record. He went on to many movies, TV roles, and stage plays.
Now Edd finally reveals what happened to him when he hit a big jackpot in Las Vegas, with his ex-girlfriend and a criminal trying to 'latch on to his winnings' before he could even deposit the check. My Casino Caper details that event.
I had directed Edd in the audio-book McKnight's Memory. After recording, my producer Larry Metzger and I walked Edd to the parking lot. When Edd walked off Larry said to me, "He's so cool." I replied, "Of course he's cool. He's Edd Byrnes."
At that time, Edd became interested in producing his own audio-book. But he didn't want to repeat any of the stories from his first book "Kookie, No More". So he decided to tell what happened when he won the 3 million dollars. So he hired Larry and I to produce the project. Edd asked his actor friends to re-create what happened 20 years ago, so Alan Young, David Hedison and Henry Silva recorded as themselves because they had helped Edd with the situation.
The cool thing about this project, My Casino Caper as told to Alan Young is that Edd worked auto-biographical material into the story, giving listeners inside information on his rise to fame in Hollywood, his gold record, his TV shows, movies, and relationships with other actor friends. Alan Young makes several references to his movie The Time Machine (one of Edd's favorite movies), and how Edd first told his secret story to him in 1977 just before his role in Grease.
The name of the criminal, who stalked Edd for his jackpot, must remain anonymous and is played by Michael Callan of Cat Ballou and Mysterious Island fame. Edd's two ex-girlfriends, who must also remain anonymous, are played by other actresses. Also Edd does not mention the casino in question. Other than that, Edd disclosed all the other details.
Later when Larry and I delivered the CDs of My Casino Caper to Edd, I brought my dad along and we all met at a coffee shop to celebrate. I couldn't believe it. My dad and I use to watch 77 Sunset Strip every Saturday night, and now we were talking shop with "Kookie" himself. I should have asked him to park my car like he did in the show. Edd is so cool, he would have done it. But instead he gave me a hug for a job well done and maybe for being his biggest fan.
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