Don Grady, who was one of television's most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit "My Three Sons," died Wednesday. He was 68.
His "My Three Sons" co-star Barry Livingston, who played youngest brother Ernie, confirmed Grady's death to The Associated Press. Livingston said Grady had been suffering from cancer and receiving hospice care at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. But the exact cause and place of death were not immediately clear.
Born in San Diego as Don Louis Agrati, Grady had a brief stint singing and dancing on "The Mickey Mouse Club" starting at age 13.
But he was best known by far as one of Fred MacMurray's "My Three Sons" on the series that ran on ABC and later CBS from 1960 to 1972.
A musical prodigy from a young age, Grady appeared with a band, the Greefs, in the series, and in real life played drums for The Yellow Balloon, who had a minor hit with a self-titled song in 1967.
He made a handful of guest appearances on TV series in the 1970s and 1980s, but worked primarily as a musician and composer, writing the theme for "The Phil Donahue Show" and music for the Blake Edwards film "Switch" and the popular Las Vegas show "EFX," a showcase for "Phantom of the Opera" star Michael Crawford.
It ran heavily in syndicated reruns in the 1970s and 1980s and then moved to TV Land for a long time. It used to be that once TV Land burned out a show (Mannix, Car 54, Where Are You?, etc.), it went to the TV show graveyard, but now, the new, broadcast television "subschannel" TV networks, like Antenna TV, THIS, RTV and MeTV, have wound up dredging up some of those long discontinued shows.xov said:Has anyone ever seen reruns of My Three Sons? I loved that show in the 60s, but I don't recall ever seeing it since then. Strange, for a show that was so popular.
Let's also not forget that William Frawley was part of the cast as 'Bub'..AntAltMike said:I see that it is currently carried on MeTV weekdays at 7:30 AM, but unfortunately, my market doesn't have a MeTV affiliate. Here is a list of MeTV shows. http://www.metvnetwork.com/programs.php A list of local affiliates can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Me-TV_affiliates
As I recall, when the show was first packaged for reruns, they didn't include the first five years because they were shot in black and white, and in those episodes, Ernie was a next door neighbor and the eldest son was named Mike, played by Disney stalwart Tim Considine.
I haven't seen it since 1975 on a local station here.xov said:Has anyone ever seen reruns of My Three Sons? I loved that show in the 60s, but I don't recall ever seeing it since then. Strange, for a show that was so popular.
Also available on DVD on Netflix."AntAltMike" said:I see that My Three Sons is currently carried on MeTV