Ernie Lively, ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Actor and Father of Blake Lively, Dies at 74

Ernie Lively, father of Blake Lively and prolific actor who appeared in acclaimed series like The Dukes of Hazzard, The X-Files, and Renegade ha died

By Ingrid Mateos

Ernie Lively & Blake Lively

Ernie Lively & Blake Lively (AFP)

Sad news for the world today. The prolific actor Ernie Lively has died in Los Angeles of cardiac complications. He was 74 years old Born in 1949, the American actor was a recurrent figure in Hollywood for five decades. He started like many stars, being a star in several series like The Waltons, Fantasy Island, and probably, the one that everyone remembers, his recurring role on The Dukes of Hazzard. He also appeared in multiple episodes of Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Newhart and later Murder, She Wrote and The West Wing,  Seinfeld, Fame, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Remington Steele, and thirtysomething.

Lively's other film credits include "Shocker" (1989), "Air America" (1990), "Showdown in Little Tokyo" (1991), "Passenger 57" (1992), "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993), "Mulholland Falls" (1996), "American Pie 2" (2001) and "The Perfect Game" (2009). His last credit was in the 2020 horror film "Phobic" as Jack Sanders

In fact, Ernie Lively had more than 100 credits under his name, however, before becoming a star he worked as an English professor and served in the military, moving from lieutenant to captain in the U.S. Marine Corps while serving in Vietnam. In the meantime, Ernie never forgot his passion and returned to teaching when he was in Hollywood but instead of English, he started coaching young stars. Among his students were Brittany Murphy, Alyson Hannigan, Ian Bohen, and Eric Balfour.

Lively suffered a heart attack in 2003 and was treated with stem-cell therapy in November 2013 as part of an experimental retrograde gene procedure at the University of Utah, according to Salt Lake Tribune. In fact, back in the day, he revealed that he was feeling better than ever, and moved to Utah to ski.“I literally didn’t have the heart to do it. Now, I’m excited about living the rest of my life instead of sitting around” he then revealed.

And in a rare occurrence that you did not watch him in any series or film, Ernie Lively was also known for being Blake Lively's dad. In the two “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movies, which came out in 2005 and 2008, Lively portrayed the father of Bridget, played by his real-life daughter, However, not only Blake is his living legacy. His sons Jason Lively (“National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” “The Possessed”) and Eric Lively (“Modern Men,” “A Madea Christmas”) and daughters Robyn Lively (“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” “Twin Peaks”) and Lori Lively (“ER,” “I Kissed A Vampire) are the proud offsprings of the actor. Survivors also include his wife, Elaine; children Bart, Lani, and Ryan; nine grandchildren; and sister Judith.

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