|Cause of death Cancer|
Height 1.70 m
|Name Don Grady|
Years active 1954–2006
Siblings Lani O'Grady
|Full Name Don Louis Agrati|
Born June 8, 1944 (1944-06-08) San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician, composer
Notable work Mouseketeer,My Three Sons
Died June 27, 2012, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Spouse Virginia Lewsader (m. 1985–2012), Julie Boonisar (m. 1976–1979)
Movies and TV shows My Three Sons, The Mickey Mouse Club, The A‑List, The Wild McCullochs
Similar People Stanley Livingston, Tina Cole, Barry Livingston, Lani O'Grady, Fred MacMurray
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Don Louis Agrati (June 8, 1944 – June 27, 2012), better known as Don Grady, was an American actor, composer, and musician. He was known foremost as one of the Mickey Mouse Mouseketeers and as Robbie Douglas on the long-running ABC/CBS television series My Three Sons.
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- The actor s journey don grady
- Life and career
- After My Three Sons
- Personal life and later years
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Life and career
Grady was born Don Louis Agrati in San Diego, California, the son of Mary B. (née Castellino), a talent agent, and Lou Anthony Agrati, a sausage maker. His sister Lanita became an actress known professionally as Lani O'Grady. He grew up in Lafayette, California, before being signed by Walt Disney and leaving the area. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1962.
His acting credits included several Western series, including John Payne's The Restless Gun, Have Gun, Will Travel, Buckskin, Wagon Train and The Rifleman, in which he played two roles in the second season.
In December 1959, at the age of 15, Grady appeared in two different episodes of CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, having played opposite Joan Crawford and Dick Powell. In "Rebel Ranger", he is cast as Rob Faring, the young son of Crawford's character, Stella Faring, a Confederate widow who tries to reclaim her former home and Rob's birthplace from the Unionist owner, Cass Taggart, played by Scott Forbes. Character actor John Anderson is cast as Fisk Madden, who tries to drive Taggart off his land and gain Stella's favor. The episode ends with Stella and Rob heading into a nearby town with the understanding that Taggart would call upon Stella for possible courtship even though Crawford was fifteen years Forbes' senior. Stella Faring reveals that she had been living during the war in San Antonio, Texas, also the birthplace of Joan Crawford.
In "Death in a Wood", Grady played a young Unionist, Zachary, who grows to understand that a Confederate soldier, Lawrence (played by Dick Powell), who is holding him prisoner, is a man of decency and strength of commitment. Simon Oakland appeared in this episode as a less sympathetic Confederate named Townsend.
In 1960, he began a 12-year run as Robbie Douglas in the show My Three Sons starring Fred MacMurray. Initially airing on ABC, the show moved to CBS in 1965. During production of My Three Sons, Grady both appeared with his own band The Greefs on the series, writing two original songs for the show and was the drummer for The Yellow Balloon, whose self-titled song became a minor hit in 1967. For a while during the run of the series, he attended Los Angeles City College.
Originally the frustrated middle brother on My Three Sons, Grady's Robbie became the confident eldest brother with two cast changes. The character of the original oldest brother, Mike (played by Tim Considine, who had earlier appeared with Grady in The New Adventures of Spin and Marty) was gradually eased out of the series, and a new youngest son, Ernie (Barry Livingston), was adopted into the family.
After My Three Sons
After My Three Sons ended in 1972, Grady pursued a musical career. His works included music for the Blake Edwards comedy film Switch, the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show and for EFX, a Las Vegas multimedia stage show which starred Michael Crawford, David Cassidy, Tommy Tune, and Rick Springfield. As a stage performer, he starred in the national tour of Pippin and had roles in Godspell and Damn Yankees.
In the fall of 2008, Grady released Boomer: JazRokPop, a collection of songs written for and about the baby boomer generation. Boomer was his first original album as an artist since Homegrown was released by Elektra Records in 1973.
Personal life and later years
Grady married Virginia "Ginny" Lewsader in 1985, having met her at Disneyland. The couple had two children, Joey and Tessa; and they remained married for 27 years, until Grady's death on June 27, 2012. He died of cancer at age 68 in Thousand Oaks, California, and his gravesite is at the Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.