Ernie Lively is a veteran American actor who has been a force to reckon with in the Hollywood movie industry for over 4 decades. Over the course of his career, he has featured in a long list of movies and TV shows, most notably Passenger 57 and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1&2. Besides being an actor, he also equals as an acting coach credited to have trained popular actors and actresses such as Olivia Burnette, Ashley Johnson, Brittany Murphy, Joel Michaely and Gina Philips, amongst several others. A devout family man, he is a husband, father, and grandfather to several notable figures in the entertainment industry; people you may get to know more about if you keep reading.
Ernie Lively’s Bio
The veteran actor’s story begins in Baltimore, Maryland. Ernest Wilson Brown, popularly referred to as Ernie Lively was born on January 29, 1947. He is of white ethnicity and an American by nationality. There is no information as regards his early education background or qualification owing to his desire for privacy.
His foray into professional acting began in 1975 after he got cast to play the role of a railroad conductor on an episode of the CBS Television Drama, The Walton’s. In 1977, he scored himself another role this time as a bartender in the NBC American television police drama McCloud. The following year he made his big screen debut by taking up the role of Danny in the movie The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance. In 1979, Ernie received a career boost after taking up multiple roles in the CBS American action-comedy television series The Dukes of Hazzard in which he played the character of Dobro Doolan, Longstreet B Davenport and that of a guard.
Between the period of 1980-1984, Ernie Lively featured in several movies and TV shows such as Its My Turn, Private Benjamin, Fantasy Island, CBS School Break Special and Drop out Father, among others but was still a long way from bagging that breakthrough role. In 1985, he was cast to play the role of a US Marshall in the action movie Badge of the Assassin. That same year he appeared on an episode of Misfits of Science and Secret Admirer with him playing the role of an army officer and a guard respectively.
His big break eventually came in 1987 after being cast to play the role of Tom Burnside in the movie Into the Homeland alongside Powers Boothe and Becky Barnes. The movie which was widely accepted by fans and movie lovers alike was all Ernie needed to project him to a whole new level of fame and stardom. Ever since getting his big break, he has gone on to feature in a long list of movies and TV shows such as Dead or Alive, Scandal in a Small Town, My Family, Malibu Shores, Saving Grace, Outlaw, Shadow, and most recently Looking Glass.
Wife, Children, Family
On December 12, 1979, Ernie Lively relinquished his bachelor status and tied the knot with Elaine Lively. After their marriage, he opted to adopt her surname in order to prove his immense love for his newly wedded bride.
Their union is blessed with two children: a son who goes by the name of Eric Lawrence Lively Brown (born on July 31, 1981), and a daughter named Blake Lively (born on August 25, 1987) who like their father are into the acting profession. While Eric is best known for his role as Andy Evans in the 2004 teen drama film Speak, Blake is highly revered by fans and movie lovers for her roles in Gossip Girls and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1&2 in which she starred alongside her father Ernie Lively.
Other Facts About Ernie Lively
Here are 5 facts to keep to mind about Ernie Lively
- Despite having been in the Hollywood movie industry for such a long time, he is yet to win an award for his numerous contributions.
- He has an estimated net worth of $1 million, the bulk of which he earned from his successful acting career.
- In November 2013, Ernie Lively became the first person in the world to undergo a unique heart procedure performed by Dr. Amit Patel called “the retrograde gene therapy”.
- He once revealed during an interview that his daughter Blake has a desire to have 30 kids. As it stands, she has two children with her husband Ryan Reynolds and twenty-eight more seems very unlikely.
- Ernie Lively currently resides in Heber City, Utah with his wife.