From 1958 to 1963, he co-starred with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. It made stars of both men and a teen heartthrob out of Edd Byrnes, who played a colorful parking lot attendant named Kookie."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."Smith told the Los Angeles Times that the series aimed to show that private investigators were well-trained, serious men, and not the movie and TV stereotype with "dangling cigarettes and large chips on their shoulders." He was chosen for the part because "I don't look like a detective."But the show had its glamorous side, too.
Smith had fought the nerve disease myasthenia gravis for many years.Damaged nerves can be segments that are torn, severed or crushed. However, complex injuries may require removal of the damaged segment and rebuilding the missing part with a nerve graft.With the new procedure, a complete section of nerve cells from a deceased donor is taken and used to ‘bridge’ the two ends of the patient’s severed nerve."But right now I still think it's impossible to be married to a successful actress and have your own career and have the marriage work."Roger La Verne Smith was born in 1932 in South Gate, near Los Angeles.When he was 6, his parents enrolled him in a professional school in Hollywood where he learned singing and dancing.