Vale Don Grady
We are saddened to report that actor Don Grady (born Don Louis Agrati on June 8, 1944 in San Francisco) lost his 4-year battle against cancer and succumbed to it on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at age 68.
Many of us will recall that his television career had him cast as one of the original “Mouseketeers” in 1955, then landing the role in 1960 that would bring him his greatest notoriety; the “middle child, Robbie Douglas” on “My Three Sons,” which would last until 1972. He was a teen heartthrob to many young girls of that era, and all of them were delighted to know that he could also sing, which he began doing in the mid-1960s.
He was an accomplished drummer, forming a band in 1967 called, “Yellow Balloon,” which had a hit tune on the Billboard® magazine charts under that same title. His solo singing career included the song, “The Children of St. Monica,” and in 1973 he released an album of his own compositions called, “Homegrown,” then in 2008 his final album was entitled “Boomer;” a collection of songs he wrote to tell others about his generation, known as, “The Baby Boomers.”
From around 2002 onward, he kept busy composing theme songs and scores for programs that were regularly seen on the cable/dish LIFETIME® and DISCOVERY® channels.
We extend our very deepest sympathies to his wife, Ginny, their kids, Joey & Tessa, all of his surviving family members and of course, his many friends and fans, who mourn with us the loss of a most multi-talented and kind man, who was taken from us way too soon.
Contributed by Fred T. Beeman
I am humbled by the enduring connections that have been forged by A Minor Consideration. The love we formers have for each other has never been more apparent than after Don Grady’s untimely death. News reached me via Tommy Cole who assured me he had spoken with Don’s mother, Mary. Lauren Chapin called from Florida. Frank Bank called right after Lauren. Stan Livingston and Tim Considine checked in. Rana and I will be with Billy Gray, Jon Provost and Tony Dow tomorrow night at Tony & Lauren’s home. We need each other…all of us together through thick or thin. Permit me to share what Tim Considine wrote for the Disney website:
“There’s a favorite photo of mine from the Disney days. In it, all the Mice – what I called the Mousketeers – and Dave Stollery and I from Spin & Marty and Tommy Kirk from The Hardy Boys are gathered around Walt Disney. As it happened, I had my hands on the shoulders of one of the younger Mice in front of me. It was Don Grady. Of course, years later, Don ended up playing one of my brothers on My Three Sons. He was extraordinarily talented, as an actor and musician, but he was also a funny, wonderful guy, who never got his head turned by success. All four of the Three Sons have remained brothers since then and Don will be missed terribly by all of us. I love you, Bro, RIP”.
Don Louis Agrati (June 8, 1944 – June 27, 2012), better known as Don Grady, was an American actor, composer, and musician. He was well known both as one of Mickey Mouse’s original Mouseketeers, and as Robbie Douglas on the long-running ABC/CBS television series My Three Sons. His sister was also an actress, billed as Lani O’Grady. Their mother was a talent agent, known as Mary Grady.