Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Remembering Don Grady 1944 - 2012
I will always remember actor Don Grady, who died earlier today at age 68, as Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons. During the TV show's 12 seasons (1960-72) and 380 episodes, Robbie married Katie (played by the lovely Tina Cole), and they became the proud parents of triplet sons before Grady left the series in 1971. It remains one of the best family sitcoms ever in my opinion - and Don was certainly easy on the eyes back then.
He also appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club as a Mouseketeer in 1957-58, on a 1963 episode of the NBC medical drama, The Eleventh Hour (as Angela Lansbury's son and Tuesday Weld's brother), and in a 1979 national tour of the musical, Pippin. In 1967, Grady had a Top 30 song, "Yellow Balloon", as a member of the band, The Yellow Balloon - and he later became a successful composer, writing the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show as well as music for director Blake Edwards' films, Skin Deep and Switch, and for EFX, a 1995 Las Vegas show starring Michael Crawford. And one final bit of trivia: his younger sister was actress Lani O'Grady, who played Mary Bradford on TV's Eight Is Enough.
Below I've selected some videos featuring Don Grady as both an actor and a singer:
The My Three Sons cast promote two new flavors of Hunt's Catsup.
You can listen to Grady's 1964 solo tune, "A Broken Heart Knows Better", as well as watch him sing on a 1965 episode of Hollywood a Go Go and perform with The Yellow Balloon on a 1967 episode of Shebang (he's their drummer, "Luke").
A 1968 episode of My Three Sons.
A My Three Sons reunion that originally aired on November 6, 2009, on CBS's The Early Show - and Grady still looked great at age 65.