Ernie Lively, veteran actor and father of Blake Lively, has died at the age of 74.
Lively had struggled for decades with heart problems. After a heart attack in 2003, he reportedly found it difficult to walk, even short distances, without rest. In 2013, he received experimental stem cell therapy. Via Deadline, he passed on June 2, 2021 of cardiac complications.
Born January 29, 1947, Lively had been a constant presence on big and small screens since the mid-1970s. He has appeared in beloved series and films like The Dukes of Hazzard, Murder, She Wrote, Turner and Hooch , The Beverly Hillbillies, The X-Files, Seinfeld, 30s, That ’70s Show and The West Wing.
In 2005, he starred alongside his daughter Blake, playing the role of his character’s father in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. He then reprized this role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 in 2008.
Five of Lively’s eight children also went on to act, including Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Eric Lively (The L Word), Jason Lively (National Lampoon’s European Vacation), Lori Lively (ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Robyn. Lively (Twin Peaks, Doogie Howser, MD).