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My Three Sons actor Don Grady died Tuesday after a reportedly long battle with cancer. He was 68.
Before he landed his role as Robbie Douglas, one of the three titular sons in the iconic '60s sitcom, Grady got his start in showbiz at age 11 as one of the original Mouseketeers. At the time, he still used his given surname, Agrati.
Grady's time as a Mouseketeer paved the way for his signature role as Fred MacMurray's son, a gig he landed when he was 16. During the show's 12-year run, Grady became a primetime heartthrob for the comedy's many young fans. By the end of the long-running series, Robbie was married with triplets.
His onscreen sibling was quick to post a condolence note mourning the death of his "dear friend."
"Sad, sad day. My dear friend and TV brother, Don Grady, passed away today," Barry Livingston, who played Grady's brother on My Three Sons, wrote on Facebook. "He was an inspiration to me in so many ways and his impact on my life is indelible. I will miss him greatly."
Grady also appeared on television projects including The Rifleman, Wagon Train, Have Gun—Will Travel, The Eleventh Hour, The Lucy Show and Love, American Style.
After My Three Sons went off the air, Grady dedicated his career to music, releasing a solo album, Homegrown, in 1973. He eventually focused on composing and contributed to soundtracks. Grady is survived by his wife, Ginny, and their son, Joey, and daughter, Tessa.