ERNIE Lively, dad of Hollywood star Blake, has died at the age of 74.
The Passenger 57 and The Dukes of Hazzard actor died of cardiac complications in Los Angeles on June 2, 2021.
Who was Ernie Lively?
Born Ernest Brown Jr. in Baltimore, Ernie was an English professor and served as a lieutenant in Vietnam before entering a career in acting.
The US actor began his career appearing in the 1975 CBS series The Waltons and shot to prominence as Lake Lucille Police Department head Chief Biggs in film Passenger 57.
Ernie frequently graced the silver screen and TV, featuring in Turner & Hooch, Falcon Crest, Malibu Shores, The X Files, The West Wing, That ’70s Show, and Murder, She Wrote.
He also appeared in big Hollywood productons such as Mulholland Falls, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Man In The Moon, Showdown In Little Tokyo, Air America and Shocker.
Described as “an everyman” actor, Ernie went on to coach a number of young artists throughout his career and became a respected performer and mentor.
He received more than 100 credits durnig his 45 year career.
What was Ernie Lively’s cause of death?
The acting icon died of cardiac complications. He was surrounded by his family.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elaine, children Jason, Lani, Robyn, Eric and Blake, and nine grandchilren.
The star underwent major heart surgery in Utah in 2013 after discovering he had a partially-functioning heart.
He became the first known patient to undergo retrograde gene therapy for the heart.
This groundbreaking procedure included injecting a patient’s own stem cells into the heart to repair damaged muscle and arteries.
Ernie told People after the procedure: “I woke up the other morning and told my wife, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years’.
“I moved to Utah because of the snow, but I haven’t been able to ski. I literally didn’t have the heart to do it.
“Now, I’m excited about living the rest of my life instead of sitting around.”
Who is Ernie Lively’s wife Elaine Lively?
Elaine and Ernie married on December 12, 1979.
Elaine is an actress known for her role in Return to Zork. She is also a talent manager.
She had three children from her first marriage to Ronnie Lively (no connection to Ernie) and is the mother-in-law to Canadian star Ryan Reynolds.
Ernie changed his name from Brown to Lively when he married Elaine.
Who are Ernie and Elaine’s children?
Ernie and Elaine had two children: son Eric, who was born in 1981, and daughter Blake, who was born six years later.
Both Eric and Blake also act.
While he is the biological parent of Blake and Eric, Ernie adopted Elaine’s children Lori, Robyn and Jason from the talent manager’s previous marriage.
Jason starred in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, while Eric had a role in American Pie and The Butterfly Effect 2.
Robyn starred in the movie Teen Witch and TV series Twin Peaks, while Lori featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Without doubt, his most famous child is Blake, who played Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl.
She also starred in New York, I Love You, and as Carol Ferris in superhero film the Green Lantern.
Ernie starred as Blake’s character’s father in both The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
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