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“My Three Sons” star and former Mousketeer Don Grady has died of cancer at the age of 68


This is so very sad.

Variety reports that actor and musician Don Grady has died at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer. He was best known for the 12 seasons he played Robbie Douglas on television’s My Three Sons and for his stint as one of the original Mousketeers.

After My Three Sons ended in 1972, Grady pursued a career in music and onstage. His showbiz composing credits include music for the Blake Edwards feature comedy Switch and the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show. Grady was also behind EFX, a multimedia stage show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that starred Michael Crawford, David Cassidy, Tommy Tune and Rick Springfield.

As a stage performer, Grady starred in a national tour in Pippin and had roles in productions of Godspell and Damn Yankees.

My Three Sons starred Fred McMurray as a single dad raising three boys with the help of a male housekeeper/nanny (first played by William Frawley of I Love Lucy fame then by William Demerest). The show ran from 1960 until 1972.

Grady had already gained fame before the series as one of the original Mousketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club show which also featured Annette Funicello.

In 1995, I covered a rare reunion of the group at Disneyland (all but an ailing Funicello were present) and I was thrilled to meet Grady, one of my first crushes, who was just ageless – looking much like he did as Robbie Douglas!

grady3.jpg Don Grady My Three Sons image by gr8carnac

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4 Remarks

  1. He was also a pop-star, in 1967 he had a #25 hit with “Yellow Balloon” by The Yellow Balloon. And if you’ve never heard the song before…:

  2. June 28th, 2012 at 7:40 am
    RichB in PS says:

    I thought I grew up with “My Three Sons” having no idea Don Grady and I were the same age! Ahh the dimple and 50s b&w tv.

  3. Rest in peace, and thanks for the laughs. The Robbie character was so adorable on My Three Sons.

  4. I had such a crush on him. I wanted him to be my big brother.

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