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"My Three Sons" sons buck child actor blues

by Hettie Lynne Hurtes | Off-Ramp

Fred MacMurray, Don Grady, William Demarest, Barry Livingston and Stanley Livingston

Today, each of the sons from "My Three Sons" will be honored by Councilman Tom LaBonge at LA City Hall.

The sitcom told the story of a widower (Fred MacMurray) raising three boys with the help of a crotchety old man (Williams Frawley and Demarest). It ran on ABC from 1960 to 1965, then on CBS until 1972, and has been worldwide syndication since then.

The three of the sons who could make it to the studio (Don Grady had a broken leg) credit smart parents for their well-adjusted adulthoods. They kept them in regular schools and didn't let their stardom give them a big head. "You can keep doing this, as long as it's not your life."

In the forty years since the show was cancelled, Barry Livingston continues to act on TV and movies, Stan Livingston is a film producer and editor, Don Grady, who played Robbie, is a successful tv music composer, and Tim Considine is a photographer and contributing editor for "Road and Track" magazine.

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