BREAKING: LEGENDARY “77 SUNSET STRIP” Actor DEAD At 77- We Can’t Believe This- Please Send Your Prayers

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Roger Smith, who starred in the series “77 Sunset Strip” and was married to actress Ann-Margret has died. He was 84.

The actor died Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital after battling a terminal illness. Smith had battled the nerve disease myasthenia gravis for many years.

Smith served with the Naval Reserve and was stationed in Hawaii with the Fleet All-Weather Training Unit-Pacific, a flight training unit near Honolulu. After a chance meeting with actor James Cagney, he was encouraged to try a career in Hollywood. He would later play Cagney’s character’s son in Man of a Thousand Faces.

Smith signed with Columbia Pictures in 1959 and made several films, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1959. On April 16, 1958, Smith appeared with Charles Bickford in “The Daniel Barrister Story” on NBC’s Wagon Train.

His signature TV role was private detective Jeff Spencer in 77 Sunset Strip. Smith appeared in 74 episodes of the Warner Bros. series. He left the popular ABC program in 1962 because of a blood clot in his brain. He recovered from this affliction post-surgery.

He went on to star in the NBC series Mister Roberts from 1965 to 1966 about a World War II Navy lieutenant and a few other minor parts before quitting acting due to his illness. He later found a new career as Ann-Margret’s manager.

“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.”

Enjoy the tribute video:

Man, we are losing all the greats. I love the show “77 Sunset Strip” and watch it every morning.

Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories…

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