Don Grady (above, right), who played big brother Robbie Douglas on 1960s sitcom “My Three Sons,” died Wednesday (June 27) at the age of 68. His death was confirmed to the AP by Barry Livingston (above, middle), who played youngest brother Ernie on the show. The two are pictured above with fellow on-screen brother Stanley Livingston (left).
Livingston says Grady had been suffering from cancer and was receiving hospice care at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
“It’s the oldest cliche in the world when TV brothers start referring to each other like biological brothers, but he was the oldest, and somebody I looked up to and learned from a great deal about life,” says Livingston.
Grady got his big break at the age of 13 when he was cast as a mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” but he was best known for playing one of Fred MacMurray‘s sons on the popular ABC/CBS comedy that ran from 1960 to 1972.
On the show, Grady actually started out as the middle brother but when Tim Considine left the show, Grady’s character became the oldest and Livingston became the adopted “third son.”
After “My Three Sons,” Grady went on to work primarily as a musician and composer, writing the theme for “The Phil Donahue Show” and music for the Las Vegas show “EFX,” a showcase for singer Michael Crawford.
Grady is survived by wife Virginia Lewsader and two children, Joey and Tessa.