Ernie Lively, a character actor who amassed more than 100 credits during a 45-year film and television career and was Blake Lively’s father, has died. He was 74. The actor’s representative confirmed to Deadline that he died on June 2 in Los Angeles from heart complications.
He played the father of Blake Lively’s character in 2005 Sthe mastery of traveling trousers and its sequel from 2008
Ernie Lively began her screen career with guest roles in such popular series as Waltons, a fantastic island and the recurring role of The Dukes of Hazard. He focused mainly on TV series and TV movies in the 70s and 80s, appearing in numerous episodes of Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Newhart and later Murder, she wrote and The west wing. He is also a guest on such hit shows as Seinfeld, Glory, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Remington Steele and thirty thing.
He started getting small roles in movies in the late 80̵
Born to Ernest Brown Jr. on January 29, 1947 in Baltimore, Lively served in the Marines in Vietnam before focusing on acting. He was also an active coach and mentor, assisting in helping shape clients such as Alison Hannigan, Brittany Murphy, Scott Grimes and others – including his children Blake and Eric Lily and stepchildren Lori, Jason and Robin Lively.
He is survived by his 41-year-old wife, Elaine Lively; and five children and son-in-law Ryan Reynolds; sister, Judith; and several grandchildren.