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2017-06-08 02:49 [NEWS] Source:Netword
Guide:Actor Roger Smith, who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on 77 Sunset Strip, has died. He was 84.

Roger News/201706/06600.html">Smith, star of '77 Sunset News/201706/06717.html">Strip,' dies at age 84 Posted: Monday, June 5, 2017 8:28 PM EDT Updated: Monday, June 5, 2017 8:28 PM EDT

By JOSEPH LONGO
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Roger Smith, who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on "77 Sunset Strip," has died. He was 84.

Jack Gilardi, who is the agent of Smith's widow, actress Ann-Margret, says the actor died Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital after battling a terminal illness. No other details about his cause of death were available.

He starred on the detective show from 1958 to 1963. Its formula of handsome young investigators in a picturesque location spawned a host of knockoffs, including "Hawaiian Eye."

He survived two serious illnesses to have a second career as manager of his wife, entertainer Ann-Margret. Under his guidance she lost her "sex kitten" stereotype and was nominated for two Oscars.

The late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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