Ernie Lively, a character actor who amassed more than 100 credits during his 45-year film and television career and was Blake Lively’s father, has died. He was 74 years old. The actor’s spokesman confirmed to . that he died of heart complications in Los Angeles on June 2.
He played the father of Blake Lively’s character in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants from 2005 and the 2008 sequel.
Ernie Lively began his film career with guest roles on popular series such as The Waltons, Fantasy Island and a recurring role in The Dukes of Hazzard. He mainly focused on television series and television films during the 1970s and 1980s, and appeared in several episodes of Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Newhart and later Murder, She Wrote and The West Wing. He has also made guest appearances on hit shows like Seinfeld, Fame, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Remington Steele and Thirtysomething.
In the late 1980s he got small roles in films in which he appeared in Turner & Hooch, Shocker, Hard to Kill, Air America, The Man in the Moon, Passenger 57 and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, among others.
Born Ernest Brown Jr. in Baltimore on January 29, 1947, Lively served with the Marines in Vietnam before turning to acting. He has also been 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 leaves behind his 41-year-old wife, Elaine Lively; all five children and son-in-law Ryan Reynolds; a sister, Judith; and several grandchildren.