Last Thursday, Blake Lively’s father passed away, surrounded by his friends and family
Blake Lively’s father, Ernie Lively died at the age of 74. The news was confirmed by his representative to ‘Variety’. Ernie, who is famous for his outstanding performance in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” alongside his daughter, died in Los Angeles last Thursday due to cardiac arrest complications. A distinguished actor, Lively worked in Hollywood for more than 5 decades, and has done some commendable work. He has also played roles with his daughter Blake Lively in three movies, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008), and Simon Says (2006).
Five decades in Hollywood
Blake Lively’s father and mentor, Ernie Lively, was born on Jan. 29, 1947, in Baltimore. Before entering Hollywood, he was an English professor and a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who also served in the Vietnam War. He got his first acting gig at the age of 28 for a role in “The Waltons.” Almost four years after that, Ernie got a popular role in “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Post that, his career blossomed, as he was casted in various popular series in the following years. He has been a part of series like “Hill Street Blues,” “The X-Files,” “Baywatch,” “Murder She Wrote,” “That ’70s Show”, “Fame,” “The West Wing,” and “Seinfeld.
Ernie Lively has also been a part of various movies during his career of 50 years, “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 appearance on the screen was in the 2020 horror film “Phobic” as Jack Sanders. Blake Lively’s father has been a great mentor to her as well as her other 4 siblings, Jason, Eric, Robyn, and Lori. All of Ernie’s children, whom he shares with his 42 -year-old wife Elaine Lively, have made their own careers in movies and television. Lively, 74, has also been a mentor to actors, such as Casper Van Dien, Brittany Murphy, and Jason Priestley.
Retirement and Health
Ernie Lively retired almost after 50 years of his career and moved to Utah where he had a major heart surgery in 2013 following a serious heart attack in 2003. He was the first known patient to undergo retrograde gene therapy for the heart.
In an interview with PEOPLE, after his surgery, Ernie said, “I woke up the other morning and told my wife, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years. I moved to Utah because of the snow, but I haven’t been able 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. Dr. Patel saved my life.”