Barry Livingston

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Livingston circa 2020
Barry Gordon Livingston [1]

(1953-12-17) December 17, 1953 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
SpouseKaren Huntsman (1983-present)

Barry Gordon Livingston (born December 17, 1953) is an American television and film actor, known for his role as Ernie Douglas on the television series My Three Sons (1963–72). He is the younger brother of actor/director Stanley Livingston, who played Ernie's older brother "Chip" on the show.


Life and career

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Livingston in 1963

Livingston was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Lillian Rochelle Palyash and Hilliard Livingston. [2] [3] [4]

He began his career as a child actor in the late 1950s. He considers his film debut a role he won as one of the sons of Paul Newman in the film Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958) with his older brother Stanley who, by this time, was already working as a child actor. He was let go from the film when he was told that he needed to get glasses to successfully correct his astigmatism. His first professional onscreen appearance was in a small, uncredited role in the 1961 film The Errand Boy , followed by roles as Barry, a neighborhood kid, in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet ; on The Dick Van Dyke Show ; and as "Arnold Mooney", son of banker Theodore J. Mooney portrayed by Gale Gordon, on The Lucy Show . [5] In 1962, he appeared as one of the six children adopted by Debbie Reynolds in the film My Six Loves . In 1963, he joined the cast of the ABC sitcom My Three Sons as next door neighbor Ernie Thompson. [6]

His older brother, Stanley Livingston, was already a series regular as Chip Douglas. After Tim Considine left the series two years later, Livingston joined the cast permanently (his character was adopted into the family, keeping the show's title intact) and remained with the series until its end in 1972. In 1964, at the age of ten, he appeared in the ABC medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point in the episode titled "A Land More Cruel". [6]

After My Three Sons ended in 1972, Livingston landed roles in Room 222 and The Streets of San Francisco . He appeared on the stage as Linus in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown , which he reprised when the musical was adapted for television in 1973. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he continued to work steadily in films, made-for-TV movies and episodic television including Police Woman , Sidewinder 1, Simon & Simon , and 1st & Ten . He also appeared throughout the country in stage plays, including Broadway and off-Broadway. In 1974 he appeared in Sons and Daughters , a short-lived CBS series. [6]

In 2007, he appeared in Zodiac . He had a major role in the Hallmark Channel movie Final Approach . He has also appeared in You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), The Social Network (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011), and War Dogs (2016). [6]

In October 2011, Barry Livingston released his anecdote-filled autobiography, The Importance of Being Ernie -- detailing his career from My Three Sons to Mad Men and beyond. [7] He most recently appeared on television in episodes of Mad Men , The New Adventures of Old Christine , Two and a Half Men , and Anger Management . Barry Livingston is the only cast member of My Three Sons to still have an active Screen Actors Guild Card. [6]

Personal life

Livingston married Karen Huntsman in 1983.[ citation needed ]

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