Ernie Lively, the father of popular actor Blake Lively, has passed away at 74. Ernie was himself a long time actor and was known for his performance in The Dukes of Hazzard. He reportedly died on Thursday of cardiac complications in Los Angeles. According to sources, Ernie was surrounded by his wife and five children when he died. He had previously suffered a heart attack in 2003, and in November 2013 was treated with stem-cell therapy as part of an experimental retrograde gene procedure.
The actor was born on Jan 29 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland and was married to Elaine Lively in 1979. The couple had welcomed two children together, Blake and Eric Lively. The actor adopted his wife’s three children — Lori, Robyn and Jason from her previous marriage too. Ernie is remembered and survived by his wife, Elaine; children Blake, Jason, Bart, Lani and Ryan; nine grandchildren; and sister Judith.
Lively served in the Marines in Vietnam before turning to acting. He also was an acting coach and mentor, credited with helping to shape the careers of such clients as Alyson Hannigan, Brittany Murphy, Scott Grimes and others, also including his children Blake and Eric Likely and stepchildren Lori, Jason and Robyn Lively.
With a career that spanned over 50 years and over 110 credits to his name, Ernie had actually got his first role in 1975 on The Waltons. He then went on to do iconic parts in TV shows like McCloud, The Dukes of Hazzard, Falcon Crest, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, The X-Files, Murder, She Wrote, The West Wing, That ’70s Show and many more. His film credits also included playing Blake’s character father in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel. He also appeared in American Pie 2, Turner & Hooch, Passenger 57, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Man in the Moon, among others.
Ernie and Elaine were both seen by Blake’s side when her husband, Ryan Reynolds, got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.