Actor Don Grady, who played the role of elder brother Robbie on long-running television series, “My Three Sons”, died on Wednesday at the age of 68. He died of cancer at his home in Thousand Oaks, California.
Mr. Grady’s “My Three Sons” co-star, Barry Livingston, confirmed the news of his death to the press. Livingston said Mr. Grady had been suffering from cancer and receiving hospice care at his home in Thousand Oaks (Ventura County).
Livingston also added, "It's the oldest cliché in the world when TV brothers start referring to each other like biological brothers, but he was the oldest, and somebody I looked up to and learned from a great deal about life. He had a lot of charm," adding, “He was a good guy to be with. People loved him. He really was a wonderful big brother.”
From 1960s to 1980s, "My Three Sons" was considered the best entertainment show on television. The show highlighted the phenomenon that the family's eldest brother was someone to be proud of. The show emphasized on the importance of family and the role of a big brother in it. It also projected that the big brothers were always handsome, always polite, and it was easy to imagine them quarterbacking the family in a game of touch football or gently carrying the littlest family members home from a picnic or fireworks show.
Mr. Grady, through his impeccable acting talent, became the cool, mature and handsome eldest brother that much of America adored. He also made special guest appearances in late 1980s and 1990s, but after the famous sitcom, he indulged mostly in a musical band called The Yellow Balloon. The band recorded a song of the same name which reached No.25 on the Billboard top charts.
Livingston, who stayed close to Grady's life, threw light on his music career by saying, "The one real through-line in his life was music. I would think Don would love to be remembered for his great music as much as a teen idol and television icon."
Mr. Grady is survived by his second wife, Ginny, and their two children, Joey and Tessa, as well as his mother, Mary.