Long before the Brady Bunch captured the hearts and souls of American television audiences, it was Fred MacMurray and his three sons that won us over. And, on May 16, the City of Los Angeles will pay tribute to their enormous cultural impact with a proclamation. With the help of “sons” Barry Livingston (Ernie), Stan Livingston (Chip) and Tim Considine (the missing son), City Councilman Tom LaBonge will publically designate the day as “My Three Sons Day in Los Angeles.” Other cast members (series regulars and guest stars) are expected to attend the ceremony as well.
‘My Three Sons’ was an American institution from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and then CBS until 1972. The show chronicled the life of widower Steven Douglas, played by screen star Fred MacMurray, as he raisedhis three sons. The sons, played by Tim Considine, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston and later Barry Livingston, came to the series with already impressive film and television resumes. The series also featured William Frawley, of ‘I Love Lucy’ fame, who was eventually replaced by William Demarest with health concerns arose. The cast also included Meredith MacRae, Tina Cole, Dawn Lyn, Ronne Troup and Beverly Garland.
‘My Three Sons’ was a cornerstone of the CBS lineup in the 1960s. With 380 episodes produced, it is second only to ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ as television’s longest-running family sitcom.
Since the 1972 cancellation, TV’s most famous sons have continued to thrive in careers that have conquered everything from Broadway, to screen and, of course, television, while “My Three Sons” continues in syndication world-wide, with the most recent announcement by ME-TV, to add the classic to their upcoming schedule in May.
Last year, Barry Livingston released his best-selling book ‘The Importance of Being Ernie: From My Three Sons to Mad Men, a Hollywood Survivor Tells All.” Barry shares stories of his days on the set of ‘My Three Sons,’ as well as a lifetime of wonderful memories transitioning from child star to an adult actor still very active today.
The event is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. at the City Hall complex.