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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:04 PM

Don Grady, One of TV's 'My Three Sons,' Dies at 68

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Don Grady, an original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club who played son Robbie Douglas on the ABC and CBS series My Three Sons, one of the longest-running family sitcoms in history, died Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., after a battle with cancer. He was 68.

In 1960, three years after he was hired as a Mouseketeer on ABC's Mickey Mouse Club at age 13, Grady began an 11-year run as Robbie on the sitcom My Three Sons, with Fred MacMurray starring as the widower dad, William Frawley (and then William Demarest) as the family housekeeper and Grady, Tim Considine (Mike), Stanley Livingston (Chip) and Barry Livingston (Ernie) as the sons. (Mike was written out at the start of the fifth season and Ernie was adopted, keeping the number of sons at three.)

My Three Sons, which debuted on ABC, moved to CBS in 1965 and began broadcasting in color. With 12 seasons and 380 episodes produced, the Saturday night staple is second only to The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as TV's longest-running (live-action) family sitcom.

In the 1968-69 season, Grady's character and his wife Katie (Tina Cole) had triplets. He departed the series at the end of the 11th season when Robbie, now a structural engineer, moved to Peru to work on a bridge construction. . .

Read more: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/don-grady-my-three-sons-342690



Another Boomer memory. Watched My Three Sons every week. RIP.

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Reply Don Grady, One of TV's 'My Three Sons,' Dies at 68 (Original post)
Faygo Kid Jun 2012 OP
liberal N proud Jun 2012 #1
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #2
xchrom Jun 2012 #3
Grassy Knoll Jun 2012 #4
PSPS Jun 2012 #15
Historic NY Jun 2012 #5
LoveMyCali Jun 2012 #10
Ken Burch Jun 2012 #20
CountAllVotes Jun 2012 #32
Tx4obama Jun 2012 #6
dsc Jun 2012 #7
texanwitch Jun 2012 #8
ChazII Jun 2012 #19
AngryOldDem Jun 2012 #26
vankuria Jun 2012 #22
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #30
jillan Jun 2012 #9
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2012 #11
bullwinkle428 Jun 2012 #33
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chknltl Jun 2012 #12
Hissyspit Jun 2012 #13
chollybocker Jun 2012 #18
AngryOldDem Jun 2012 #25
xfundy Jun 2012 #14
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2012 #16
Cooley Hurd Jun 2012 #21
Blue_In_AK Jun 2012 #17
revolution breeze Jun 2012 #23
AngryOldDem Jun 2012 #24
louis-t Jun 2012 #27
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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:06 PM

1. RIP

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:12 PM

2. Another boomer loss, indeed.

RIP... That was such a different time and far more simple in many ways, even if Vietnam wasraging... My Three Sons was just a nice way to spend a little tv time. RIP

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:12 PM

3. Seems like yesterday. Peace be with his family. Nt

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:14 PM

4. I'll never forget the opening with the foot moving....



RIP

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Response to Grassy Knoll (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:18 AM

15. Don't forget Frank Devol's remarkable composition for the theme music

Not every composer can blend a 4/4 beat with "Chopsticks" at 3/4.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:15 PM

5. Years ago it was dead of a heart attack, now its cancer...

what ever happened to the War on Cancer".

Sorry buried a childhod friend today too....cancer at 54 yrs.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:21 PM

10. I'm sorry

54 is way too young.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:32 AM

20. Lost three friends to it in the last year...all way too young.

I'm so sorry for your loss. This disease sucks big time.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:25 PM

32. Sorry to read this

I know how you feel. My baby brother died at abt. 40 years of age from cancer just one year after my mom died of the same thing, perhaps a genetic form of cancer I've been told.

Cancer cancer cancer.

This is the curse that is upon us because of the toxic world that we have come to grow up and now live in.



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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:18 PM

6. R.I.P. :( n/t

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:29 PM

7. I had the hugest crush on him

I saw the show in rerun as I was born in 67 but I did have that crush.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 PM

8. I watch the show everyday on cable.

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Response to texanwitch (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:13 AM

19. Me, too.

I don't have cable but MeTV carries the program.

RIP Don.

edited as I called him Robbie.

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Response to ChazII (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:42 PM

26. I wish I could.

For some reason, my MeTV shows an hour of Family Affair even though the channel guide says it should be "My Three Sons."

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Response to texanwitch (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:55 AM

22. Thanks for posting this!

Don Grady still looked great, very handsome guy and one of my first crushes. One of my fav shows back in the 60's, anyone remember Fred McMurray would give an intro to the show, he'd start with "Welcome to our show", so very different from programming today.

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Response to texanwitch (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 03:13 PM

30. Do you have a date on that? Damn he looked great, there.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:04 PM

9. I loved that show!

RIP "Robbie"

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:21 PM

11. Obama is the first President to be born post '50s

And he's getting grey.

The way the 50's is romanticized is a mystery to me.

But then, I was 14 months old in 1960.

When people ask me what I miss about the '50's I say, "Breast feeding."

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 10:12 PM

33. To be accurate, Obama is the only post-1940s president -

Dumbya and Clinton were both born in 1946.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 11:00 PM

34. While I was watching rockets take off into space in wonder

Dubya was shoving firecrackers up a frog's butt.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:21 PM

12. .

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. My moment of silence for Don Grady. He will be remembered with fondness, by many of us.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:28 PM

13. He was the "mystery" drummer in Bubblegum Pop group 'Yellow Balloon' with their hit "Yellow Balloon"

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:04 AM

18. rip Robbie/Don.

ot: that's a beautiful record cover and a great bit of trivia.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:40 PM

25. According to an obit I read, he was a musical prodigy.

He had two bands back in the '60s, one of which played on the show. He also composed the theme to "The Phil Donahue Show." The neat things you never know about someone until he goes.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:12 AM

14. They had "Dodie," a forerunner to "Cousin Oliver."

Series death is hard.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:30 AM

16. Awww, how very sad. ;(

Think it was on the reunion show that I last saw him and was amazed how little he'd changed, much less than his younger "brothers." Godspeed Robbie, talented guy.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 06:49 AM

21. Yeah, he aged well, that's for sure!

Cross gently Don...

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:49 AM

17. Oh, that's sad.

I always watched that show as a kid.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 09:17 AM

23. RIP n/t

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:38 PM

24. This is so sad.

"My Three Sons" was one of my favorite shows growing up, even after Steve married and brought Dodie into the household.

You think of the stars as being forever young.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:46 PM

27. Mike went into the army.

I remember that specifically. Vietnam era.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:47 PM

28. Ah yes--Robbie "How did he manage to snag such a good looking bride?" Douglas!

This is very sad. He aged well, though, I must say. You can still see the kid in the older picture.

In our heads, they stay forever young. When they go and die like this, too soon, we realize we're next! Damn!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 02:02 PM

29. He is also a musician?

 

He was a very natural actor on "My Three Sons." He seemed to be the most bashful. He was totally adorable and I had a huge crush on him.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 06:24 PM

31. My friend David Macland worked with Don and had this to say about him....


I was surprised and saddened to hear about the death of Don Grady this morning. I never heard he was fighting cancer.

I met him doing "The Flash Back" where I played young Steve (Fred MacMurray) and worked with him playing a lead as Brad in "The Wheels". I had a copy of that show but can't find it.

Don was an excellent actor, looker and a very nice guy. He tried to stay in acting after "My Three Sons". He did a sequel to the series that unfortunately didn't sell. I think he could have handled his own show well. He then did a national tour as "Pippin" and tried Broadway until, as he said, "My money ran out and I fell back on my first love music". He was an excellent musician and composer .

David Macklin
ACTING In The Motion Picture BUSINESS
http://www.davidmacklin.com (book site)

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