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Ernie passed away of cardiac complications in Los Angeles, Calif, on Thursday, June 3, his representative confirmed to PEOPLE.

He famously played Blake’s father in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the sequel during his five-decade career.

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Ernie was beloved for appearances on The Dukes of HazzardTurner & Hooch, Falcon CrestMalibu Shores, The X-FilesThe West WingThat ’70s Show, and Murder, She Wrote.

He also appeared in films such as Mulholland FallsThe Beverly HillbilliesPassenger 57The Man in the MoonShowdown in Little TokyoAir America and Shocker.

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His career dated back to The Waltons in 1975. Before acting, Ernie was an English professor. He has also been a captain in the U.S. Marine Corp, after serving in the Vietnam War, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Ernie reportedly suffered a heart attack in 2003. In November 2013, he was treated with stem-cell therapy as part of an experimental retrograde gene procedure. He was said to be the first known patient to be given the heart treatment which involved injecting his own stem cells into his heart to repair damage to muscle and arteries.

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“I woke up the other morning and told my wife, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years,’” he told PEOPLE at the time. “I moved to Utah because of the snow, but I haven’t been able to ski. I literally didn’t have the heart to do it. Now, I’m excited about living the rest of my life instead of sitting around. Dr. Patel saved my life.”

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“My buddy, fellow actor, fellow Marine Vietnam vet Ernie Lively has died at 74. I hadn’t seen much of him since he moved away from LA, but I treasure all my memories of working and hanging out with him. Welcome home, Marine,” Supernatural actor Jim Beaver shared in a tribute to his friend.

Ernie is survived by his wife, children, nine grandchildren and his sister, Judith.



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