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Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes Stalked for his 3 Million Dollar Vegas Win
By Paul Kyriazi
Last edited: Thursday, October 02, 2014
Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007



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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 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."

A 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 three million dollar. 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.

Also on this site, How Edd Bynres Branded Himself : http://bit.ly/QbtQOr

You can get Edd's audio-book download, plus Edd's book version, plus two more wild thrillers ALL for $2.99 on Amazon Kindle.  http://goo.gl/zjpx7j

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Reviewed by Edward Phillips 6/8/2013
Thanks for another interesting slice of life behind the scenes in Hollywood. I never knew Byrnes won $3 mil at the slots. That must have kept him in combs for a couple of years. :)
Reviewed by Glenda Bixler 9/21/2010
I must be old enough to remember the old radio stations, since I can recall shivering at "Only the Shadow Knows..." but I can remember mostly from early television programs where they acted out a story for radio. You would see somebody ring a telephone, or buzz to pretend that somebody was at the door...or even walk across the stage so that footstep sounds could be picked up at the appropriate time (and actually the sounds were made by a machine behind the curtain!).

Well, the audio books directed by Paul Kyriazi create the type of book that brings back radio days! And the first one I've listened to is My Casino Caper by Kookie Byrnes...yes, I can call him Kookie because I'm old enough to remember his song, "Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb..." and remember the program he starred in on TV, "77 Sunset Strip."

Edd asked his acting friends to re-create what had happened to him 20 years ago. So Alan Young, David Hedison, and Henry Silva recorded as themselves. Kookie's voice was always very distinctive, so it was fun hearing him as if he was talking just to me! Actually, he is telling his story to Alan Young! And, yes, I remember him more for Mr. Ed than for other programs he was in! Well, Alan is not so sure that Kookie is not telling him one wild tale, but he's willing to listen carefully, as was I.

It all started in Las Vegas...

Edd is really not a gambler, but his girlfriend Jessica (he refused to give the star's real name!) talked him into the trip... Now he had earlier steadily dated Jessica but she had broken off with him, so he was hoping that they would "renew" that earlier closeness although Jessica stated they were there to...gamble...

Edd figured he'd played a few machines, but Jessica pulled him toward those at which you could try for a three million dollar jackpot. She was quite willing to have him put high dollars into the machine and Edd tried to be responsive but not lose too badly. Still as he was standing there in front of the machine, he started remembering how some things had "lucked" out for him in the past, so that with each cash entry in, he'd pause a little before placing the next coin...

Well, apparently, his particular touch that day worked, because he won the $3M!

And that's when the trouble started...

As soon as his machine announced a winner and amidst the responsive screaming, a man quietly came up behind Brynes and claimed that the machine was his, he had been playing it for hours, and therefore the money was his...stating that he had placed a chair backwards against the machine and that was known to show that somebody was using it! He looked and acted like a member of the mafia, but Edd quickly stood up against the guy and claimed the money was clearly his and he could prove it.

When the Casino manager came, he, of course, backed Edd's position, especially since Jessica was screaming out her support and disgust with the other man...and so finally Edd received a check for $3M, very quietly as requested by Brynes, and left the casino. Interestingly, Jessica was now quite willing to spend the night "celebrating" with Edd...but the next morning, she quickly started talking about getting her half of the money!

So Edd found himself a lot richer, but now threatened by a criminal and his ex-girlfriend was claiming that she had wanted the trip, showed him the right machine to play and told him exactly how to do it, so she deserved half. And she continued to tell Edd that even after they were back home...calling daily to either threaten or seduce him into sharing!

And the criminal was also making sure Byrnes knew he was around...

But Edd had a plan and he called upon his old friend David Hedison to help him...

I am sure you will recognize the stars that take part in this fun audio tale. The presentation is very informal, with Edd talking as himself to Alan Young, and then playing his own part as he proceeds to perform the story he calls The Casino Caper. Whether true or not, it's a fascinating "could-be" tale that includes humor, a little romance, some great con artists, as well as a couple of actor friends who are willing to help their friend out when he's facing some trouble!

Taking a long auto trip or just wanting to relax and enjoy an afternoon with some unique entertainment, then I know you will enjoy listening to, for instance, Alan Young performing some of his "voices" from movies in which he has played, and other career actors sharing backup to Edd Byrnes in this great audio book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and believe you will too! Listen to a free sample of Edd winning the 3 million dollar jackpot with the criminal trying to claim it right away

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Reviewed by CarolAnn Zito 8/26/2007
Thank you Mr. Kyriazi for the newest addition to your wonderful books on tape. Thank you, Mr. Byrnes, for once again, sharing your experiences with your fans. I'm looking forward to buying it.

CarolAnn Zito
broadwaters.optonline,net
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 5/10/2007
Paul,

You have the best experiences!

Cynthia
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/10/2007
Now I really feel old.
I can still hear that "77 sunset strip" song in my head.

Good article, Paul.

Elizabeth
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/9/2007
Thank you very much for this article. I do remember him, a very talented young man. Life is not always kind, as he found out. He did become the better of it though and continued to walk tall. Thanks for sharing this.

Be safe,
Karen

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