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Obit: Jody McCrea, ‘Beach Party’ Star

Jody McCrea, best known for his roles as a muscle-bound surfer in the "Beach Party" movies in the 1960s, died on April 4 in New Mexico, of cardiac arrest. He was 74. McCrea was the son of movie stars Joel McCrea and Frances Dee. In addition to the "Beach Party" comedies "Muscle Beach Party," "Bikini […]

Jody McCrea, best known for his roles as a muscle-bound surfer in the "Beach Party" movies in the 1960s, died on April 4 in New Mexico, of cardiac arrest. He was 74.

McCrea was the son of movie stars Joel McCrea and Frances Dee.

In addition to the "Beach Party" comedies "Muscle Beach Party," "Bikini Beach," "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini," he appeared in a variety of Western-themed movies and TV shows, including "Wagon Train" and "Death Valley Days."

His wife, Dusty, died in 1996.