Ernie Lively, an actor who amassed more than 100 credits during a 45-year film and TV career and was and Blake Lively‘s father passed away. He was 74. The actor’s representative confirmed to Deadline that he died of heart complications on June 2 in Los Angeles.
He played the father of Blake Lively’s character in 2005 the Sisterhood of the traveling pants and the sequel from 2008.
Ernie Lively began his film career with guest roles in popular series such as The Waltons, Fantasy Island and a recurring role on The Dukes of Hazzard. He mainly focused on TV series and television movies in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in multiple episodes of Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Newhart and later Murder she wrote and The West Wing. He was also a guest on hit shows like Seinfeld, Fame, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Remington Steele and thirty-something.
He started getting small roles in films towards the end of the 1980s, appearing in Turner & Hooch, Shocker, Hard to kill, Air America, The man in the moon, passenger 57 and Stop! Or my mother will shoot, among other things.
Lively, born Ernest Brown Jr. on January 29, 1947 in Baltimore, served in the Marines in Vietnam before acting. He was also an acting coach and mentor, credited with helping shape the careers of clients like Alyson Hannigan, Brittany Murphy, Scott Grimes and others – including his children Blake and Eric Likely and stepchildren Lori, Jason and Robyn Lively.
He is survived by his wife of 41, Elaine Lively; all five children and son-in-law Ryan Reynolds; a sister, Judith; and several grandchildren.
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