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Joseph Longo, The Associated Press

Hollywood actor Roger Smith, who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on 77 Sunset Strip,died Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital after battling a terminal illness. He was 84.

Jack Gilardi, who is the agent of Smith’s widow, actress Ann-Margret, has said 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.

 

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