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October 17, 2019

'My Three Sons:' Meet Cast of the Beloved Sitcom Then and Now

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The title of this series might not sound familiar at all for the younger generations, but it enjoyed great popularity during its 12-season run. For the sake of nostalgia, let's see what happened to its cast since its ending. 

“My Three Sons” was a beloved sitcom that ran from 1960 to 1972, first on ABC and then moving to CBS, telling the story of the Douglas family, consisting of a widowed father, his four children, and his father-in-law.

The series is an early example of a TV show that transcended the traditional idea of a nuclear family, which is just part of its legacy. As a tribute to its cast, let’s see what became of them since the show aired.



The late actor played Steve Douglas, a widowed father of four who does his best to raise and provide for his children with the help of his father-in-law. 

Fred MacMurray. I Image: Wikimedia Commons.


MacMurray retired from acting in 1978, when he made his last appearance as Mayor Clarence in the horror movie “The Swarm” alongside Michael Caine.In 1986 he became the first person to receive the “Disney Legend” award for his work in six feature films with the company.

Sadly, the actor is no longer with us since he passed away in 1991 at the age of 83.


The 78-year-old actor played Mike Douglas, Steve’s oldest son until Season 5, when the character married and was written out of the series.  


After the series, the former child actor grew more and more distant from the entertainment industry, appearing in series and TV movies occasionally. His last appearance was in 2006’s “Ray of Sunshine.”  


The late actor played Robbie Douglas, Steve’s second son, for the entire run of the series.

Don Grady. I Image: Getty Images.


Following the end of the series, Grady made a couple of appearances before quitting acting for good to focus on music, an art form that he had explored as a member of “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

Unfortunately, Grady passed away from cancer in 2012, at the age of 68.


The 68-year-old actor played Chip Douglas, Steve’s youngest son, for the entire run of the series.

Stanley Livingston and his wife Paula Drake. I Image: Getty Images.


After the series wrapped, Livingston continued acting occasionally until the late seventies. He has been mostly retired from acting since the ‘90s but he remained active as a producer until 2012.

In 2011, the actor wrote and directed the documentary series “The Actor’s Journey,” as well as a version for children.


The 65-year-old actor played Ernie Thompson Douglas who joins the family when Steve adopts him on Season 3.

Barry Livingston. I Image: Getty Images.


Barry is the member of the cast that has led the most prolific and successful career in front of the screen, and he remains active to this day, with several projects waiting to be released in 2019.

After “My Three Sons,” the actor went on to appear in many TV shows including “Mad Men,” “Angie Tribeca,” and “The Middle,” as well as in the big screen in the Oscar-winning “Argo” and “The Social Network.”


The late actor played Uncle Charley O’Casey, the children’s maternal great-uncle, from Season 5 on.

Don Lemon and William Demarest in 1969. I Image: Wikimedia Commons.


Demarest was 80 by the time the series came to an end, and he had led a long and successful career in Hollywood. He retired in 1978 after making a few appearances, mostly on TV, and passed away in 1983, age 91.


The 76-year-old actress played Katie Miller (later Katie Miller Douglas) who marries Robbie on Season 7.

Tina Cole. I Image: Getty Images.

After her work in “My Three Sons,” Cole managed to appear in a few shows until the late seventies, when she took an almost 20-year hiatus from acting, only to return in 2005.

In 2018 she was cast in her last role to date as Laura Chadwick in the horror film “Reawakened.”