Hollywood actor and Blake Lively’s Dad Ernie Lively has passed away at the age of 74. After working for nearly 5 decades in Hollywood, Ernie left behind a legacy with his monumental work and his children who followed in his footsteps and pursued acting.
The star’s rep confirmed that he died in Los Angeles the last Thursday due to Cardiac complications. Ernie was surrounded by his friends and family during his final breaths.
He was born in 1947 and joined the film industry in the 70s. Ernie used to be an everyman actor and was recognized for appearing in multiple television shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Turner & Hooch, Falcon Crest, Malibu Shores, The X-Files, The West Wing, That '70s Show, and Murder.
Ernie has also played characters on the big screen in films like Mulholland Falls, The Beverly Hillbillies, Passenger 57, The Man in the Moon, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Air America and Shocker. But he is most popularly known for playing Blake’s father in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel. The father-daughter duo also appeared in the 2006 slasher film Simon Says.
Most of Ernie's eight kids pursued acting after following his footsteps, including sons Jason and Eric and daughters Blake, Lori and Robyn.