According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor passed away surrounded by his wife and children in Los Angeles. | 22 Words

Earlier this week, father of Blake Lively and actor Ernie Lively tragically died at the age of seventy-four.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor passed away surrounded by his wife and children in Los Angeles.

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His death was caused by cardiac complications, his family has since announced.

5 of Ernie's children shared his passion for acting, including Blake Lively, who is well known for her role in Gossip Girl.

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Ernie's acting career spanned over fifty years, where he was part of movies such as Passenger 57, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Turner & Hooch.

But he is undoubtedly best known for playing Blake's father in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films.

He also played roles in the hit movies; Shock, Air America, Showdown in Little Tokyo, and Mulholland Falls.

While his TV career included shows such as; The X-Files, Seinfeld, Murder, She Wrote, and The West Wing.

He was born Ernest Brown Jr. in Baltimore and started out as an English professor. He even served as a lieutenant during the Vietnam war before turning to acting.

In addition to Blake Lively, Ernie had 4 other children.

His sons Jason and Eric, and daughters Robyn and Lori have all built acting careers too. Jason starred in National Lampoon's European Vacation, while Eric had a role in American Pie and The Butterfly Effect 2. Robyn starred in the movie Teen Witch and TV series Twin Peaks, while Lori featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Ernie even made medical history back in 2013, when he became the first patient to undergo a heart procedure that involves injecting stem cells back into the heart, to heal damaged tissue.

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Ernie is survived by his wife Elaine, his sister Judith, his 5 children, and 9 grandchildren.

Rest in Peace.