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Barry Gordon Livingston (born December 17, 1953) is an American television and film actor. Livingston is perhaps best known for his role as Ernie Douglas on the television series My Three Sons. He is the biological younger brother of actor/director Stanley Livingston who played his on-screen older brother on the show.
Life and career
Livingston was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Lillian Rochelle (née Palyash) and Hilliard Livingston. Livingston began his career as a child actor in the late 1950s. He considers his film debut a role he won as one of the sons of Paul Newman in the film Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958) with his older brother Stanley who by this time was already working as a child actor. He was let go from the film when he was told that he needed to get glasses to successfully correct his astigmatism. His first professional onscreen appearance was in a small, uncredited role in the 1961 film The Errand Boy, followed by roles as a neighborhood kid in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. In 1963, he joined the cast of the ABC sitcom My Three Sons as next door neighbor Ernie Thompson. His older brother, Stanley Livingston, was already a series regular as Chip Douglas. After Tim Considine left the series two years later, Livingston joined the cast permanently (his character was adopted into the family, keeping the show's title intact) and remained with the series until its end in 1972.
In 1964, at the age of ten, he appeared in the ABC medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point in the episode titled "A Land More Cruel".
After the series run of My Three Sons ended in 1972, Livingston landed roles in Room 222 and The Streets of San Francisco. Barry appeared in some stage performances as well. One in particular was as Linus in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", which was off-Broadway, in NY, 1971. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he continued to work steadily in both films, made-for-TV movies and episodic television including Police Woman, Sidewinder 1, Simon & Simon, and 1st & Ten. He also appeared throughout the country in stage plays, including Broadway and off-Broadway.
In 2007, Livingston had a guest spots in the series Mad Men, and appeared in Zodiac. He also had a major role in the Hallmark Channel movie Final Approach. In 2008 he was also in an episode of Two and a Half Men. Barry is the only cast member of My Three Sons to still have an active Screen Actors Guild Card.
In more recent times he has appeared in You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), the Academy Award winning The Social Network (2010), and Horrible Bosses (2011).
In October 2011 Barry released his anecdote-filled autobiography titled "The Importance of Being Ernie" (Citadel Press) -- detailing his career from My Three Sons to Mad Men and beyond.
He played a hostage in a bank on an episode of Castle on October 31, 2011.
He married his wife Karen in 1983 and they have two children, Spencer (b. 1989) and Hailey (b. 1992) .