His household confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, June 9, that Ernie died on Thursday, June 3, of cardiac problems in Los Angeles. His spouse, Elaine Lively, and his 5 youngsters — Lori, 54, Jason, 53, Robyn, 49, Eric, 39, and Blake, 33 — have been by his aspect on the time.
Ernie had a historical past of well being points. He suffered a coronary heart assault in 2003 and underwent stem-cell remedy remedy in 2013 in an effort to restore his coronary heart after an angiogram triggered a severed aorta and coronary artery points.
The Beverly Hillbillies actor married Elaine in 1979. They welcomed two youngsters, Eric and Blake, in July 1981 and August 1987, respectively. He additionally adopted her three youngsters from her earlier marriage: Robyn, Lori and Jason. While the Gossip Girl alum is probably the most recognizable face within the brood, all of Ernie’s youngsters are actors.
The Air America star was born in Baltimore in January 1947. He labored as an English professor and served as a lieutenant in Vietnam earlier than attempting his hand at appearing. In addition to working as an appearing coach for fellow performers, his credit included Passenger 57, Turner & Hooch, The Dukes of Hazzard, Shocker, The Man within the Moon, Seinfeld and The West Wing.
Ernie notably portrayed Blake’s father in 2005’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its 2008 sequel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. The actress starred as Bridget, the athletic one amongst her good friend group who traded a pair of denims together with her friends — performed by America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn. The foursome turned real-life besties after filming the flicks collectively.
The Maryland native remained a supportive presence within the A Simple Favor star’s life even once they weren’t working collectively. He and Elaine attended the December 2016 ceremony in honor of Blake’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, when he obtained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The couple’s daughters James, now 6, and Inez, now 4, made their first public look on the occasion. The pair later welcomed daughter Betty in the summertime of 2019.
In addition to his spouse and kids, Ernie is survived by sons-in-law Reynolds, 44, and Bart Johnson, daughter-in-law Lani Lively, 9 grandchildren, and his sister, Judith.