Today is the birthday of one of my favorite former child stars. Barry Livingston played lovable Ernie Douglas on the long-time sitcom, My Three Sons (which was one of my favorite shows when I was little – in reruns, of course!). (His real life older brother, Stanley Livingston, played his older brother Chip on the show.) He’s guest-starred in a ton of television shows (as recently as this year!) and appeared in nearly two dozen movies. And he’s also been in numerous on- and off-Broadway plays. He is the only cast member of My Three Sons to still have an active Screen Actors Guild Card.
What you may not know, though, is that Mr. Livingston is also an author. In 2011, he penned his autobiography, The Importance of Being Ernie. (This clever title is a play on words from the Oscar Wilde play from 1895, “The Importance of Being Earnest.”) And in case you’re wondering, yes, he writes as well as he acts!
Happy 61st Birthday, Mr. Livingston!
Time to talk: Did you ever watch My Three Sons? If so, who was your favorite son? What was your favorite TV show when you were little?