Actor Ernie Lively, father of Blake Lively, dies at 74

Blake Lively and Ernie Lively
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Ernie Lively, who starred in "Passenger 57" and "Dukes of Hazzard," has died. He was 74.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor died of cardiac complications in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 3rd. He was surrounded by his family, which included daughter Blake Lively, the outlet noted.

Ernie appeared alongside Blake in the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, playing her father in both movies.

Born in Maryland, Lively served in the Vietnam War and became an English professor prior to his transition into the entertainment industry.

His film credits include “Air America,” “The Man in the Moon,” “Mulholland Falls” and “American Pie 2.”

The actor's extensive television roles include appearances on “Senifeld, “The X-Files,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “The West Wing.”

After marrying his wife Elain in 1979, the couple had two children, Blake and son Eric Lively. He also adopted his wife's three children, Lori, Robyn and Jason, from a previous marriage. All five of the children have built acting careers with multiple credits apiece.

Blake has not released a statement on her father’s passing.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Elain; children Blake, Jason, Eric, Lori and Ryan; nine grandchildren; and sister Judith.

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