My Three Sons is a show that a lot of people these days don’t know about or don’t remember, but its popularity is still very evident in the length of time it lasted and the number of those that recall just how popular it was back in the day. The story revolves around a widower and his three sons and the dynamics that go into raising them while providing them at the same time. Thankfully a paternal grandfather was around to take over when the father was gone, but it was still an interesting show since the dynamic was something that didn’t really seem to promote the idea of a nuclear family and did something very different that was embraced by the audience. To this day if anyone mentions this show there’s a good chance that it might have been forgotten or that someone might be able to recall several episodes from memory.
Let’s see what happened to the cast.
It kind of seems as though Tim’s career might have dropped off a bit after the show and he hung around much as Jerry Mathers did after Leave It to Beaver was over. That’s not to say that these older actors are nobodies, but it does seem to be the case that they bank more on the fame of their older shows and don’t do much but make guest appearances now and again. His retirement from the industry didn’t come until the 2000s, so it’s easy to see that he stuck it out for a while before wanting to just kick back and relax.
Some folks just don’t want to step away from the spotlight that long for various reasons. Tina did take a break for a little while but she came back and has been at it for a while now, leading her all the way up to the current year as she’s still managing to find work and flash that gorgeous smile as she’s always done while showing that her talent hasn’t dimmed at all with age. At one point she was an acting coach and she even became the director the Children’s Theater in Sacramento.
Being born before the turn of the 20th century William lived a long life as he passed on in the 80s from complications due to pneumonia and prostate cancer. Reading his list of roles and accomplishments both before and after the show one can imagine that he led a rather interesting and fulfilling life, or at least hope so since he did quite a bit in show business and is no doubt one of the more celebrated actors from his time.
Barry Livingston is still around and he’s still doing his part to keep up with the industry as it continues to move forward. He’s been featured in a number of films and TV shows over the years and has kept himself pretty busy. After the show ended he didn’t really stay out of the business as he went straight into other roles and didn’t allow himself to rest all that much as he went on to continue building his reputation.
It’s insanely impressive to take note of some of those from the earlier part of the 1900s since the list of their movies and shows is long indeed. Fred was among the many that simply went after one role after another, filling his days and nights with the constant sounds of the movie and TV sets as he entertained millions of viewers and went on to have a stellar career that saw him enjoy one success after another. Sadly he passed away in the early 90s from pneumonia.
Stanley didn’t settle for just being an actor as he went on to become a director and producer as well, deciding to sit on the other side of the camera for a while to see what it was like. Obviously he liked it since he stuck in there for a while and made it work. But he did finally say goodbye to the industry in 2012, and apart from the occasional mention of him as it pertains to the show he doesn’t seem to have been doing much more than enjoying his life, as he deserves to do.
Don Grady didn’t really have much of a career in TV or film but he was still remembered for his contributions as he was one of the memorable cast members and was therefore afforded a place in TV history. He went on to a musical career after the show however, and seems to have been fairly successful in his endeavors. Sadly he passed away in 2012 from bone cancer.
Those that are still around had a My Three Sons reunion in 2010, but apart from that those that remain keep to themselves or their careers.