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Dawn Lyn

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Full Name
Dawn Lyn Nervik

1.47 m


Dawn Lyn


Dawn Lyn sitting on a couch and wearing a denim jacket and white inner top.

January 11, 1963 (age 61) (

Rick Nervick, Carolyn Stellar

W. John Reese (m. 2006), Michael Whitby (m. 1990–2001)

Movies and TV shows
My Three Sons, Shoot Out, Peopletoys, Walking Tall: Final Chapter, Walking Tall Part 2

Similar People
Leif Garrett, Carolyn Stellar, Tina Cole, Beverly Garland, Ronne Troup

Dawn Lyn Nervik (born January 11, 1963) is a retired American actress best known for her role as Dodie Douglas during the last three seasons of the long-running family comedy television series My Three Sons. Her brother, Leif Garrett, is also a former actor.


Young Dawn Lyn wearing a blue dress.

Dawn Lyn I Was A Kid Star - My Three Sons

CRAGG LIVE - Dawn Lyn - 10-3-2020

Personal life

Dawn Lyn smiling and wearing a green blouse.

Dawn Lyn Nervik was born in Los Angeles, California, to Carolyn Stellar and Rik Nervik. Her father was absent for most of her life.

Dawn Lyn as Dodie Douglas on the long-running family comedy television series My Three Sons.

She and her older brother Leif Garrett began performing as child actors within a year or two of each other. She financially supported her mother and brother from 1969 until when her brother's fame eclipsed hers.

Child actress

Dawn Lyn smiling and wearing a green blouse.

Dawn Lyn started her entertainment career at age five. She first appeared as an American Indian child in the 1967 B-grade western Cry Blood, Apache at age 4.

Dawn Lyn with a smiling face.

In 1969, Lyn played the character Prudence Everett in the pilot for the ABC series Nanny and the Professor, but when the television pilot did not initially sell, she was released from her contract with ABC.

She was cast as Dodie Douglas on the long-running family comedy television series My Three Sons. ABC sued unsuccessfully to get Lyn to perform in Nanny and the Professor after she had already been cast for My Three Sons. After ABC's lawsuit against Lyn failed, Kim Richards was cast as Prudence Everett, although Lyn was a brunette and Richards was a blonde.

Lyn remained on My Three Sons until it ended three seasons later.

Later, Lyn worked steadily in her youth on many popular series like Adam-12, Emergency!, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Gunsmoke.

In 1971 Lyn had a major role in the western Shoot Out as Gregory Peck's character's daughter. She also appeared in movies such as the Walking Tall trilogy. (Her brother was also among the cast.) In 1973 Lyn auditioned for the role of Regan in The Exorcist, but was considered too young for the subject matter.

She had a recurring role as Reagan in the 1974 NBC series Born Free. She also had a recurring role in the 1977 series The Red Hand Gang.

In 1974, Lyn appeared in the cult classic Devil Times Five, where Lyn's character Moe dumps a bucket of piranhas into a bathtub to creatively kill the character Lovely, played by Lyn's mother. (In Cry Blood Apache, the cowboy played by Lyn's father murdered the character played by her mother.)

As of December 2015 her last onscreen acting credit was in a 1978 episode of Wonder Woman which starred her brother as a character similar to himself, a teen pop star, and in which Lyn played a devoted fan.

Later career

Like many petite child actors, Lyn's 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m) height began to work against her when in her teen years. She made a few appearances with Nickelodeon when the network revived the syndicated My Three Sons series.

During a 1990 appearance in New York City for Nickelodeon, she was invited for an in-studio radio broadcast of The Howard Stern Show along with actress Erin Murphy (of Bewitched fame). Lyn and Murphy discussed international politics while egged on by Stern. It was Lyn's second appearance on Stern's program.

While living in Avalon on Catalina Island from 1997 to 2006, Lyn performed live voice acting with the Avalon Community Theater Radio Troupe. Actor Tony Dow (of Leave It To Beaver fame) participated in an in-studio show and later appeared with Lyn at an island charity fundraiser along with his TV brother Jerry Mathers and TV mother Barbara Billingsley. Actor Johnny Whitaker, a childhood friend of Lyn's when Family Affair was being shot on the same studio lot as My Three Sons, joined her in a live broadcast of the troupe's satire of the film Pearl Harbor.


Wonder Woman (TV Series) as
- My Teenage Idol Is Missing (1978) - Whitney
The Tony Randall Show (TV Series) as
- Kids' Rights (1978) - Jill
The Red Hand Gang (TV Series) as
- Devil's Canyon (1977) - Holly
- Monkey Business (1977) - Holly
- The Photo Clue (1977) - Holly
NBC Special Treat (TV Series) as
- Five Finger Discount (1977) - Cornelia
Final Chapter: Walking Tall as
The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series) as
Bonnie Mossman
- Castle of Fear (1976) - Bonnie Mossman
Ark II (TV Series) as
- The Mind Group (1976) - Bina
Emergency! (TV Series) as
Jean Clark / Kathy Thelen
- Involvement (1976) - Jean Clark
- Dinner Date (1972) - Kathy Thelen
Walking Tall Part II as
Dwana Pusser
Barnaby Jones (TV Series) as
Kathy Evans
- Theater of Fear (1975) - Kathy Evans
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) as
Cara Anderson / Shelia / Andrea Rolf / ...
- Child of Silence (1974) - Cara Anderson
- He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos (1972) - Shelia
- Tender Comrade (1971) - Andrea Rolf
- Daisy in the Shadows (1970) - Laurie
Born Free (TV Series) as
Regan Mallory
- The White Rhino (1974) - Regan Mallory
- Elsa's Odyssey (1974) - Regan Mallory
- Africa's Child (1974) - Regan Mallory
Aloha Means Goodbye (TV Movie) as
Blind Girl
Harry O (TV Series) as
Shelly Yorkfield
- Coinage of the Realm (1974) - Shelly Yorkfield
Peopletoys as
The Fess Parker Show (TV Movie) as
Beth Hamilton
Adam-12 (TV Series) as
Maggie Fenton / Charlie Phelps
- A Clinic on 18th Street (1974) - Maggie Fenton
- Log 12: He Was Trying to Kill Me (1969) - Charlie Phelps
The Little People (TV Series) as
- The Pineapple League (1973) - Patti
Mannix (TV Series) as
Tina Reynolds
- Little Girl Lost (1973) - Tina Reynolds
Gunsmoke (TV Series) as
Marcy McCloud / Maria Callahan
- Women for Sale: Part 2 (1973) - Marcy McCloud
- Women for Sale: Part 1 (1973) - Marcy McCloud
- The Sodbusters (1972) - Maria Callahan
Daddy's Girl (TV Movie) as
Flossie Randall
Walking Tall as
Circle of Fear (TV Series) as
- Doorway to Death (1973) - Jane
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) as
Melissa Feinstein
- A Quality of Fear (1972) - Melissa Feinstein
My Three Sons (TV Series) as
Dodie Harper Douglas / Dodie Harper
- Whatever Happened to Ernie? (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Barbara Lost (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Lonesome Katie (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Birth of Arfie (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Bad Day for Barbara (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Second Banana (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Bad Day for Steve (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Peanuts (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Buttons and Beaux (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Alfred (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Three for School (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- TV Triplets (1972) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Sound of Music (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Polly's Secret Life (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Katie's Career (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Enthusiast (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Proxy Parents (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Happy Birthday, Anyway (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Polly the Pigeon (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Four for the Road (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Goodbye Fergus (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Lady Douglas (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Fergus for Sale (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Advent of Fergus (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- After the Honeymoon (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Return of Terrible Tom (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Fit the Crime (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Debbie (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Recital (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Dodie Goes Downtown (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Ernie Drives (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Robbie's Honey (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The New Vice-President (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Love God (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Liberty Bell (1971) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- St. Louis Blues (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Power of Suggestion (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Bride Went Home (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- My Four Women (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- One by One They Go (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Honeymoon (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Elopement (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Cat Burglars (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Polly Wants a Douglas (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Non-Proposal (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Return of Albert (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Once Over (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The First Anniversary (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- J.P. Douglas (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Love Thy Neighbor (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Dodie's Dilemma (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Mister X (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Baubles, Bangles, and Beatrice (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- The Honeymoon Is Over (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Charley's Cello (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Guest in the House (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- You Can't Go Home (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Who Is Sylvia? (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Dodie's Tonsils (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Double Jealousy (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Table for Eight (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- It's a Woman's World (1970) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Silver Threads (1969) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Rough on Dodie (1969) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- After You, Alphonse (1969) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Mexican Honeymoon (1969) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- Came the Day (1969) - Dodie Harper Douglas
- One Week to Go (1969) - Dodie Harper
- Two Weeks to Go (1969) - Dodie Harper
- The Littlest Rebel (1969) - Dodie Harper
- A Ring for Barbara (1969) - Dodie Harper
- Is It Love? (1969) - Dodie Harper
- Instant Co-Worker (1969) - Dodie Harper
Cannon (TV Series) as
Amy Swanson
- Death Is a Double-Cross (1971) - Amy Swanson
The D.A. (TV Series) as
- The People vs. Lindsey (1971) - Kathy
Shoot Out as
Decky Ortega
I Love My Wife as
Stephanie at 5
Cry Blood, Apache as
Indian Child (uncredited)
The Actor's Journey (Video documentary) as
The Actor's Journey for Kids (Video documentary) as
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
- Leif Garrett (2008) - Self
TV Land Confidential (TV Series documentary) as
- Writing, Rehearsing & Recording (2005) - Self
The Dating Game (TV Series) as
Self - Contestant
- Mother's Day (1972) - Self - Contestant
Archive Footage
Diagnosis Murder (TV Series) as
Tina Reynolds
- Hard-Boiled Murder (1997) - Tina Reynolds (uncredited)


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