Remember Ernie from ‘My Three Sons’? He Married Karen Huntsmen & Acted in ‘War Dogs’

The actor was one of the few celebrities who managed to successfully transition from an adorable child actor to a respected professional adult actor. 

Barry Livingston was not even 10 years old when he first rose to fame when he was cast as a regular on "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" back in 1960.

His character was also named Barry, as with many of the other actors and their roles on the popular sitcom. The show was based off a radio show of the same name. 

Publicity photo of Barry Livingston as Ernie from 'My Three Sons' circa 1963 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Publicity photo of Barry Livingston as Ernie from 'My Three Sons' circa 1963 | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Barry appeared on eight successful episodes from the hit sitcom. From there, he was added to the cast of another well-loved series, "My Three Sons."

His older brother, Stanley, was also part of the cast of "My Three Sons." He was playing the third of the “Three Sons,” and his character was named Chip Douglas.

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Me and Lucy. One of my fav pics!

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The younger Livingston, however, was not cast as Stanley’s blood relative on the show. Instead, Barry was Ernie Thompson, a young child who was close to the family and eventually adopted by the Douglas clan.

Barry remained on the show until the end of the series in 1972.


When a long-running series ends, most child actors on the show take their final bow and leave the spotlight. Barry, on the other hand, carried on working on the small screen.

Over the next few years, he made a number of appearances on popular series, including "The Streets of San Francisco," "Police Woman," "Simon & Simon," and "Hart to Hart," He also played a physician on "Doogie Howser, M.D." and on "Ally McBeal."

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The doctor is in.

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Throughout his career, he was cast in many guest roles, taking on the personas and jobs of a myriad of different characters, including a doctor, lawyer, teacher, and father.

Even though Barry has been keeping his romantic life private, it is known that he and Karen Huntsman got married in 1983, and they had two children together: Hailey and Spencer Livingston.

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“Outta my way, hipster!!”

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The most recent TV shows Barry worked on were "The Middle" and "Angie Tribeca." In October 2017, Barry once again visited CBS, his former home, and appeared in "Me, Myself & I."

The show was about the life of a man and his three phases in his life, each played by John Larroquette from "Night Court," Bobby Moynihan from "Saturday Night Live," and by one of the children from the horror film "It."

Barry's role was that of an older relative in one of the flashback scenes. On the other hand, in 2018, he appeared on one episode of the TV series “Bosch.”


During an interview, Barry revealed that the first time he got fired from a professional acting job happened when he was only a child. He and his brother were cast to play the sons of Paul Newman’s character in the 1958 film titled “Rally round the Flag, Boys!”

For one of the scenes, the Livingston boys were supposed to stare at the TV and ignore their on-screen father. However, it seemed that Barry’s eyes couldn’t stay focus on a point, so the scene had to be shot several times.

After a while, the director got very angry, and people from the cast even tried to draw Barry’s attention with puppets, but his eyes kept moving. He left the studio on an ambulance as people didn’t know what was wrong with his eyes.

Once at the hospital, doctors found that he had astigmatism and, from that point on, Barry has been wearing glasses. Unfortunately, the producers of “Rally round the Flag, Boys!” didn’t like it as they had not imagined that character with glasses, so they fired him. Barry was about four years old.

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