Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mouseketeer, My Three Sons Star Don Grady Dies

The first thing I thought about when I saw Don Grady had passed away was an old episode of MY THREE SONS where movie actor and U.S. Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart presented the Don Grady's character "Robbie Douglas" a scholarship. And to my surprise and luck I searched YOUTUBE and found the clip.


U.S. Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart makes a special appearance on a March 1963 episode of My Three Sons. (Yes Jimmy Stewart was really a Brigadier General and flew many missions in WWII)

Don Grady, perhaps best known for playing one of the titular offspring on My Three Sons, actually got his start in showbiz alongside one of the world's most iconic characters—Mickey Mouse.

The 1960s-era sitcom star, whose career took off at age 11 when he was cast as one of the original Mouseketeers, died Tuesday after reportedly battling cancer. He was 68.

"Sad, sad day. My dear friend and TV brother, Don Grady, passed away today," Barry Livingston, who played Grady's adopted brother on My Three Sons, wrote on Facebook. "He was an inspiration to me in so many ways and his impact on my life is indelible. I will miss him greatly."

And while Grady's boyishly handsome face made dozens of TV appearances over the years, audiences could enjoy his work even when he wasn't onscreen!

Grady was also a musician who penned the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show and contributed to the score of the Ellen Barkin-starring comedy Switch and the long-running Las Vegas show EFX.

The multitalented San Francisco native, born Don Agrati in 1944, made his TV debut on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. He landed the role of Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons five years later—and that gig lasted him until 1972.

But even while Robbie was going from high-schooler to young adult to father of triplets (what else?), Grady kept busy.

His other TV credits during that span included appearances on The Rifleman, Wagon Train, Have Gun—Will Travel, The Eleventh Hour, The Lucy Show and Love, American Style.

After My Three Sons ended its 12-season run, music became Grady's main focus. He released a solo album, Homegrown, in 1973, before moving into composing—and, 35 years later, he followed up with another original album, Boomer: JazRokPop.

Grady is survived by his wife, Ginny, and their son, Joey, and daughter, Tessa.


Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/mouseketeer_my_three_sons_star_don/326562#ixzz1z9XOkGOB

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

And to think, this guy was a WOP with a WOP last name, until he changed it!

I Voted For Obama said...

Is Uncle Charlie OK?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Don Grady and Generals..Anyone ever get a load of NIU police chief Don Grady and all his medals and ribbons? He is quite a sight and the stories about him being a dick are legendary. Next time you meet a NIU cop..ask him or her about the Supreme Commander of NIU police! Don't leave..the stories are incredible...Movie night, book clubs...sounds very fucking gay to me!!!

Anonymous said...

Larry, Kar.....Any comments?

Anonymous said...

Commander Mummmbles licks the meat stick

Na moe we aint going in its raining

Mummmbles is the epitome of a inept incompetent ball licking COWARD.

Anonymous said...

Good film clip. RIP Mr. Grady.

Anonymous said...

Nice epic clip and sad story. When TV actually had some good programming. Clean and wholesome a little hokey. But I'll take that over ill mannered sitcoms any day.

Anonymous said...

RIP Grady, part of a generation from before all Hollywierd Actors were Queers.

Chuck said...

June 29, 2012 1:51 PM
they were all queer back then too, just not out of the closet

Anonymous said...

Is Uncle Charlie OK?

Yeah, I fucked him!

Aunt Bea

Anonymous said...

The look on his face screams fey,Another of Aldo's ass slaves??

Anonymous said...

Geez, I feel old.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Don Grady and Generals..Anyone ever get a load of NIU police chief Don Grady and all his medals and ribbons? He is quite a sight and the stories about him being a dick are legendary. Next time you meet a NIU cop..ask him or her about the Supreme Commander of NIU police! Don't leave..the stories are incredible...Movie night, book clubs...sounds very fucking gay to me!!!

And he'll continue to hold that $190 grand a year job until he's ready to go, so get over it. NIU PD has a small force, and no one's submitted any paperwork to leave it, so things can't be too bad there. Lots of movement in many other PDs all around the country.
Good pay, good benefits, and living in DeKalb isn't bad at all.

Anonymous said...

8:45pm....

He is still a fucking douchebag...Your comments dont change a thing.

I'd slit my fucking wrists if I had to work in DeKalb for that fucking retard!