Ernie Lively Biography

Ernie Lively was an American actor and acting coach. He was known for his legendary 5-decade film and TV career. In his long career, he had amassed more than 100 credits. He was mostly known for his roles in Mulholland Falls, The Beverly Hillbillies, Passenger 57, The Man in the Moon, and Shocker. He also played the role of father of his real-life daughter, Blake Lively in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise.

Early Life

Ernie Lively was born on January 29, 1947. His birth name was Ernest Wilson Brown Jr. which he later changed to Ernie Lively. He was the son of Beatrice Gray and Ernest Brown Sr. Lively was born in Baltimore, Maryland. It is upsetting that he is no more with us anymore. He left us on the 3rd of June 2021.

Ernie Lively Career

Lively began his career with guest roles on popular series such as The Waltons and Fantasy Island. Later on, he appeared in many tv series like McCloud, Private Benjamin, CBS Schoolbreak Special, The Dukes of Hazzard, Fame, Misfits of Science, Remington Steele, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Warm Hearts Cold Feet, Hill Street Blues, and many more. His first appearance in a tv movie was in The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance where he played the role of Danny. In 1980 he acted in Drop-Out Father. In 1986, he appeared in The Children of Timesquare. After 1987, he flourished, bagging many roles with his spectacular performance. From then on he acted in the TV series Newhart and Midnight Caller. The year 1990 was a hit for him as he appeared in many movies.

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Hard To Kill, Follow Your Heart, The Knife And Gun Club, Air America, and Quantum Leap were a few of his 1990 movies. Breaking The Silence, Past Midnight, and The Man in the Moon were his 91’ movies. He also appeared in Till I Kissed Ya, Showdown in Little Tokyo. In 1992 he played the role of Cheif Biggs in Passenger 57, one of his major roles. The same year he also played a role in the tv series ‘Sisters’ and ‘Civil Wars’. In 1993, he was the Briggs in the Beverly Hillbillies. His later major tv series was The Commish, The X Files, Seinfeld, ‘Murder, She Wrote’, Malibu Shores, Renegade, Diagnosis Murder.

Widespread Fame

He played the role of Dr. Smith in The Last Best Place in 1996. In 97, he was the Todd in Fire Down Below and appeared in Senseless, The Legend Of Cryin Ryan, Goodbye Lover, and Wanted in 1998. After that in the 21st century, his works have been American Pie 2, Crossing Jordan a tv series. He was Mike in the Drew Carey Show. He also played a role in the tv series The West Wing. In 2005, he played the role of Bridget’s father in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. He played the role of Ranger Neher I’m the tv series Ghost Whisperer in 2006.

In 2008, he appeared in the film The Art of Travel with his role of Mr. Layne and the role of Coach Sam Hicks in the film The Perfect Game. Even in 2010, he was acting. He was in the tv series Outlaw and Svetlana. In 2015, he played the role of Wright Adams in Waffle Street. His last role was in Phobic as Jack Sanders. Lively along with being an actor also was an acting coach. He coached Hollywood’s young actors like Brittany Murphy, Casper Van Dien, and Jason Priestly.

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Ernie Lively Biography

Real Name Ernest Wilson Brown Jr.
Birth Date 29 January 1947
Death Date 3 June 2021
Aged 74 Years
Birth Place Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Aquarius

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 3” – in Centimeters – 190 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 90 kg  –  in Pounds –  198 lbs
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average


Father Ernest Wilson Brown Sr.
Mother Beatrice Gray Walton
Sister Not Known
Brother Not Known


School Not Known
College Not Known

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is he a Gay? No
Wife? Elaine Lively (m. 1979–2021)
Children Blake Lively, Eric Lively, Jason Lively, Lori Lively, Robyn Lively

Personal Life

He married Elaine McAlpin in 1979, she was a talent manager. They were blessed with two kids, Blake and Eric Lively. Lively also adopted Elaine’s children Lori, Robyn, and Jason. They all followed him to acting and are now established actors in the industry. He was known for being a loving and supportive father. For the last few years in was settled in Heber City in Utah with his wife.

Cause of Death

His health has not been the best over the past several years. He had a heart attack in 2003 and later underwent stem-cell therapy treatment in 2013, an experiment. He died on June 3, 2021, in Los Angeles of cardiac complications at the age of 74 but the official statement was released on June 9, 2021. It was obvious that he was getting into health problems but it is devastating news for his fans and family members that he is not with us anymore. We will remember him in our thoughts.

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Ernie Lively Net Worth

His exact net worth isn’t available as it isn’t shared with the media. But it is rumored that he had an estimated worth of $3 million. He earned it through his acting career. As an actor, he also had the royalty channel through which he was getting good money.


  • Lively also fought in the Vietnam War.
  • He was an English teacher before starting his acting career.
  • He also was a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
  • Lively officially worked as an actor till 2020 even at his old age.
  • Earnie was the inspiration for many young actors including his children.
  • Lively was known to work in Hollywood for almost 5 decades.

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