by Fred T. Beeman
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 compostions 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 survivng familiy 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.