He was chosen for the part because “I don’t look like a detective.” But the show had its glamorous side, too.In its Encyclopedia of Television, the Museum of Broadcast Communications said the show revived the crime drama and became “the epicentre of hipness on television, a sun-drenched world of cocktails, cool jazz and convertibles”.77 Sunset Strip had been created by producer-writer Roy Huggins, who also created Maverick, and it spawned a host of spin-offs and imitators, 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, not the movie and TV stereotype with “dangling cigarettes and large chips on their shoulders”.In a March 1960 story on the incident, Look magazine blamed medical mistakes for the delay in diagnosis and quoted a doctor as saying, “This boy came too close to being buried –needlessly.” He rejoined 77 Sunset Strip after recovering and continued in his role as Jeff Spencer until 1963, when the entire cast except Zimbalist was dropped in an attempt to revitalise it. Meanwhile, Smith got the title role in the NBC series Mister Roberts, based on the 1955 comedy-drama about Navy life. When he first gained fame, he had been married to a glamorous Australian actress, Victoria Shaw, with whom he had three children. Meanwhile he was dating Ann-Margret, the dynamic singer, dancer and actress of Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas and other films. She broke her sex kitten stereotype in dramatic fashion in 1971 when she appeared in Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge as the abused mistress of Jack Nicholson.
Zack's Beach is in the opposite direction (left) when you hit the beach but it is a private beach, as are the majority of the beaches on Martha's Vineyard.“She could quit working tomorrow and we’d have enough money to live on for the rest of our lives,” Smith told Reed in late 1972 as she recovered from her injuries.“But when the time comes, she gets interested in another act or a new film or something that delays it.Then Smith was hospitalised after falling down at home and losing consciousness.He was diagnosed two days later with a blood clot on the brain. “Now in Roger I’ve found all the men I need rolled into one – a father, a friend, a lover, a manager, a businessman,” she told writer Rex Reed in 1972. I couldn’t exist without a strong man.” For decades Smith guided Ann-Margret’s career with great care.The fact is, the girl just loves to work.” In 1965 Smith was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a disorder that disrupts the transmission of nerve signals to the muscles, causing severe muscle weakness.