Norman Grabowski

Out of Sight (1966) villain
Norm Grabowski as the inarticulate henchman ‘Huh’ in the beach-party spy-spoof Out of Sight (1966)

Norman Grabowski (Born Norman Grabouski, 5 February 1933, Irvington New Jersey; died 12 October 2012, Cassville Missouri). Actor and custom hotrod car builder, Grabowski created the first ‘T-Bucket’ hot-rod, which appeared in 77 Sunset Strip (TV 1958 – 64) as “Kookie’s Kar” – belonging to Edd Byrnes’ character ‘Kookie’. Grabowski began appearing in hot-rod movies with his cars, then picking up cameo roles as footballers and heavies.

First credit: The Beat Generation (1959) ‘The Beat Beatnik’ (as Grabowski)

Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) ‘Woo Woo’ (as Woo Woo Grabowski)
College Confidential (1960) ‘Skippy’ (as Woo Woo Grabowski)

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV 1961 with Dwayne Hickman and Bob Denver)
‘Crazylegs Gillis’  – Truck Horse Bronkowski
‘Will Success Spoil Dobie’s Mother?’ – Fast Freight McCurdy

Bachelor Father (TV 1962 with Noreen Corcoran) ’Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight’ – Carl

Son of Flubber (1963 with Tommy Kirk) Rutland Football Player #33

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964 with Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk) Norman

Roustabout (1964) Sam

Girl Happy (1965) ‘Wolf Call’ O’Brien

The Monkey’s Uncle (1965 with Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk) Norman

Sergeant Dead Head (1965) Air Policeman

Run for Your Life (TV 1966 *with Karen Jensen) ‘Hoodlums on Wheels’ – Mickey Moose

Out of Sight (1966 with Jonathan Daly and Karen Jensen) Huh!

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) Virgil

The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV 1972 *with Jonathan Daly)
‘Song of the Jailbird’ – Police Sergeant
‘Paper Work’ – Bert

Final credit: The Cannonball Run (1981) Petoski

VTG HOT ROD MAGAZINE 1959 NORM GRABOWSKI KOOKIE T BUCKET RAT CUSTOM CAR CULTURE-1

Connie Stevens and Edd Byrnes in Norman Grabowski’s hotrod ‘The Lightning Bug’, which became famous as ‘Kookie’s Kar’ on 77 Sunset Strip (TV 1958 – 1964)

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