Roger Smith, star of '77 Sunset Strip,' dies at age 84

Roger Smith, star of '77 Sunset Strip,' dies at age 84

Actor Roger Smith, who starred in "77 Sunset Strip", has passed away at the age of 84.

PEOPLE reports that Smith passed away Sunday morning at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a representative informed that Smith, who went on to manage the career of wife Ann-Margret, died on Sunday.

Smith's passing comes less than a month after he and Ann-Margaret celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 8. The programme, which focused on the work of two private detectives, played by Smith and co-star Efrem Zimbalist Jr., is widely considered to have been a game changer in reviving the crime drama television genre. The show ran from 1958 to 1964, though he left in 1963.

"'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, '" USA Today notes.

After "77 Sunset Strip", Smith starred as Lieutenant Douglas Roberts on "Mister Roberts", a comedy series on NBC from 1965 to 1966.

Smith's other movie appearances included 1957's Man of a Thousand Faces and 1968's Rogue's Gallery. He survived two serious illnesses to have a second career after "77 Sunset Strip" as the manager of his second wife, Ann-Margret. It lasted from 1965-66. The pair had three children together but divorced in 1965. He later found a new career as Ann-Margret's manager. Despite the disease, Smith continued working when he was able as the effects of the disease varied over time. She once said she tried in vain to get pregnant.

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