Band of brothers … Don Grady, far right, with his co-stars Barry and Stanley Livingston.DON GRADY, who played Robbie Douglas in the 1960s hit My Three Sons and started his career as a Mouseketeer, has died of cancer. He was 68.
Grady’s My Three Sons co-star Barry Livingston, who played youngest brother Ernie, has confirmed the June 27 death.
Livingston said Grady had been receiving hospice care at his home in California while battling cancer.
”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,” Livingston said.
Born Don Louis Agrati in San Diego on June 8, 1944, Grady started his acting career by singing and dancing on The Mickey Mouse Club at 13.
But he was best known for playing big brother Robbie on My Three Sons, which ran from 1960 to 1972 with Fred MacMurray in the starring role. Grady appeared in more than 300 episodes, which turned him into a heartthrob, and he became the cover boy for many teen magazines in the ’60s.
Grady also appeared in other shows including The Rifleman and Wagon Train and he later formed a pop singing group called the Yellow Balloon.
After acting Grady worked primarily as a musician and composer, writing the theme for The Phil Donahue Show and music for the Blake Edwards film Switch along with the popular Las Vegas show EFX, a showcase for Phantom Of The Opera star Michael Crawford.
”The one real through-line in his life was music,” Livingston said.
”I would think that Don would love to be remembered for his great music as much as a teen idol and television icon.”
Grady is survived by his wife and two children.
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