Barry Livingston To Sign Copies Of His Book ‘The Importance Of Being Ernie’ This Week At The Santa Monica Library, Highlight Hollywood News

BARRY LIVINGSTON signs copies of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNIE From My Three Sons to Mad Men, A Hollywood Survivor Tells All at The Santa Monica Library. Barry is preparing to start work on Warner Brothers much anticipated film, ARGO, directed by and starring Ben Affleck and has accepted a new role on the highly rated series, CASTLE. In addition, he will be appearing in a new ABC sitcom, SUBURGATORY, and the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie, LOVE’S CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, as well as the Killer Role (literally) in HOSTEL 3, scheduled for release in December. Despite the realities of a very successful career, Barry acknowledges and accepts the 800-pound gorilla called Ernie that follows him everywhere with the worldwide syndication of “My Three Sons.”Perhaps best recognized from his 8 years on the 12 year hit series “My Three Sons” and most recently for his roles on “Mad Men” or “The Social Network,” Barry Livingston has wisely managed to re-invent himself over the years. In the now iconic role of Ernie Douglas, he practically defined the word nerd (buck teeth, horn-rimmed glasses and all), to survive the stereotypes, the dangers of sex, depression and drugs that seem to plague former child stars to become one of Hollywood’s most respected, working actors and the quintessential family man.

WHERE: Santa Monica Library – 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA

WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 to 9:00pm – For more info call – (310) 458-8600

Barry Livingston discusses THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNIE, with experiences such as:

o Why do some child stars lose everything-their money, their reputations, even their lives?
o What was it like growing up as Ernie Douglas – America’s prototype nerd?
o How co-star William Frawley, encouraged his young cast mates to pull pranks on former I Love Lucy co-star, Vivian Vance, on the set of The Lucy Show.
o How Paul Newman crawled inside a TV Set to help a young Barry with a scene.
o Working with legends Elvis, Jerry Lewis, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Ozzie Nelson, Myrna Loy etc – The good, the cruel & the beautiful.
o His first blooper appearance on the Dick Van Dyke Show at age 9.
o Winning a Broadway role in his very first New York audition.
o Finding success in the industry he helped pioneer on such TV shows as Mad Men, Two and Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Monk, Big Love, Crossing Jordan, Will and Grace, the West Wing, and many others, as well as feature films like The Social Network.

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