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

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/6/2017 By JOSEPH LONGO, Associated Press
FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, actor Roger Smith attends the world premiere of "Going in Style" in New York. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, at age 84. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, actor Roger Smith attends the world premiere of "Going in Style" in New York. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, at age 84. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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.

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 1961 file photo, actors Roger Smith, from left, Carolyn Komant and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., tune up for their parts in the TV series "77 Sunset Strip," in Los Angeles. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at age 84. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 15, 1961 file photo, actors Roger Smith, from left, Carolyn Komant and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., tune up for their parts in the TV series "77 Sunset Strip," in Los Angeles. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at age 84. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

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.

FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, actress Ann-Margret and her husband Roger Smith appear at the world premiere of "Going in Style" in New York. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, at age 84. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, actress Ann-Margret and her husband Roger Smith appear at the world premiere of "Going in Style" in New York. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, at age 84. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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."

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2010 file photo, actress Ann-Margret winner of the award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" left, poses with her husband Roger Smith in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at age 84. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2010 file photo, actress Ann-Margret winner of the award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" left, poses with her husband Roger Smith in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Smith, star of the “77 Sunset Strip,” and husband of actress Ann-Margret, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at age 84. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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

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