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Ernie Lively (1947–2021), “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” actor and Blake Lively’s father

by Linnea Crowther

Ernie Lively was an actor known for movies including “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and he was the father of actress Blake Lively.

Acting career

Lively’s credits as a character actor date back to the 1970s, beginning with TV roles on shows including “The Waltons” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He appeared in movies including “Turner & Hooch,” “Air America,” “Passenger 57,” “and “The Beverly Hillbillies” and on popular TV shows like “The X-Files,” “That ‘70s Show,” and “The West Wing.” In 2005, he played the father of his daughter Blake’s character in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and he returned for its 2008 sequel. Lively was also a director, directing Blake in her film debut, “Sandman.” A father of five, he influenced all of his children as they pursued acting careers. Lively was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

Tributes to Ernie Lively

Full obituary: The Hollywood Reporter

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